I guide really isn't needed. As for Northern ND, just stay away from DL, too many hunters. If you get about 100 miles west and a little south you will get into some good pothole country without all the hassle. Most farmers are good about letting you on land. I generally recommend that a hunter bring a couple dozen floaters and a field spread of ducks and canadas for the early season, but if you are coming later in October a few snow goose deeks might not be a bad idea. Most likely you won't use them, but it is always nice to be prepared. If you have a small boat it might not be a bad idea to bring it along. Some sloughs are large and it opens up the possiblity of diver hunting on some the the large sloughs with fresh water shrimp. If you have any other questions or concerns about not using a guide, feel free to pm me or e-mail me.
For those that choose to use a guide, the only outfitter I recommend in the whole state is Senoir Goslings out of Maxbass (NW of Minot). Pete Ressler (lodge owner) is a nice guy and I grew up with one of the head guides (Gage Dargen).
They don't lease any land but are strategically place in the area of 3 refuges.
Ya Todd's a pretty straight up guy, finally got around to talking with him recently. We frequent the same site's.
Old Hunter, Pete doesn't do the booking, Mike does. If I remember correctly, Mike also runs a canoeing lodge in N. Minnesota and has more time for the books. In the fall you'll only see Pete running the lodge.
Like I said before, they don't lease any land so they don't limit anyone's hunting oppurtunities. I have no problem passing their name along, considering there will always be a few who will chose to go with a guide no matter what.
Yes duckman...that was pretty harsh...if the guy wants to hire an outiftter let him, some people want a guide to learn more about the sport and to get better at setting decoys and learning about calling, after they have the knowledge about ND duck hunting, or anywhere duck hunting they will not need a guide.
I know a guide in the DL area that focuses mainly on ducks/blacks and some snows when and if they are here. His name is Jason Feldner from perch eyes guide service. He has lodging and all. www.percheyes.com
There are plenty of other guides in the DL region if you look under www.devilslakend.com
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