Now Is the Time to Get Your 2017 Deer Gun License

May 31, 2017 by  

Now Is the Time to Get Your 2017 Deer Gun License

With North Dakota’s deer gun season license application deadline fast approaching, it’s a good time for a reminder to prospective hunters that the fastest and easiest way through the process is online via the state Game and Fish Department’s website. This is especially true for people who are eligible for gratis licenses, as once you […]

Two North Dakota deer test positive for CWD in 2016

February 23, 2017 by  

Two North Dakota deer test positive for CWD in 2016

Last fall I wrote about specific restrictions that regulate the importation of deer carcasses and heads from other states, and the rules for transporting deer out of deer hunting Unit 3F2 in south central North Dakota. Unit 3F2, located west of the Missouri River and bordering the South Dakota state line, is targeted because it […]

Give Wildlife Plenty of Space This Winter

January 25, 2017 by  

Give Wildlife Plenty of Space This Winter

I’ve been getting peppered with questions about winter and wildlife since the snow began to fall and the wind started to blow back in late November and early December. Until just recently, the snow continued to accumulate, and the wind continued to blow it around, while temperatures plunged below zero at night more often than […]

North Dakota Game and Fish Public Meetings Scheduled

November 23, 2016 by  

North Dakota Game and Fish Public Meetings Scheduled

Several decades ago, the state legislature created an advisory board for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. One of the results of that is that each fall and spring, advisory board members host public meetings in their district. These public meetings provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask […]

Answers To Your Deer Hunting Questions

November 2, 2016 by  

Answers To Your Deer Hunting Questions

Even if hunters are enjoying the variety of fall hunting seasons – from ducks, geese, pheasants and grouse – November is deer season, and most of the questions coming in have to do with deer or deer hunting. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to call the Game and Fish Department at 701-328-6300, from 8 […]

North Dakota Deer Season Reminders

October 27, 2016 by  

North Dakota Deer Season Reminders

North Dakota’s deer season is no longer weeks away, and if you haven’t had time to work through the list of reminders, you are not alone. That’s why every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department provides the answers to questions asked by deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common […]

North Dakota PLOTS Program in 2016

October 5, 2016 by  

North Dakota PLOTS Program in 2016

Not long ago I had a conversation with caller on the current status of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s popular Private Land Open to Sportsmen program. Rather than try to explain the long history of the PLOTS program, which in its current form got its start nearly 20 years ago, I directed him […]

North Dakota Continues Fight Against CWD

September 7, 2016 by  

North Dakota Continues Fight Against CWD

A decade ago, North Dakota still did not have its first documented case of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer. However, since every bordering state or province had at that time documented CWD in wild or farmed deer herds, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department had already adopted its first rules and regulations […]

What You Need To Know Before Bow Hunting Season Opens

August 24, 2016 by  

What You Need To Know Before Bow Hunting Season Opens

Archery deer hunting has expanded in popularity in North Dakota over the years. Even as deer numbers have fallen from record highs a decade ago, bow license sales have increased. With North Dakota’s archery deer season opening Friday, Sept. 2 at 12 noon Central time, it’s a good time for a few reminders on some […]

Deadline Looming for North Dakota Deer License Applications

May 18, 2016 by  

Deadline Looming for North Dakota Deer License Applications

North Dakota’s 2016 deer gun season opens Nov. 4 at noon and as the saying goes, if you want to participate, you need a deer license, and if you want a license, you need to draw one in the lottery. The first step to drawing a license in the lottery is applying by June 1, […]

2015 Deer Hunting Success Rates in North Dakota

April 13, 2016 by  

2015 Deer Hunting Success Rates in North Dakota

The spring round of North Dakota Game and Fish Department Advisory Board meetings wrapped up over the last couple of weeks. As usual, the dominant conversations were about deer. The fall round of advisory meetings occurs during the two or three weeks right after deer gun season ends, so it’s logical that deer are the […]

2015 and Beyond – Whitetail and Pronghorn Numbers

January 6, 2016 by  

2015 and Beyond – Whitetail and Pronghorn Numbers

Last week I covered some highlights from the 2015 outdoors scene with a look at pheasant and sharp-tailed grouse populations, plus record fishing license sales. While these were some of the many positive outdoor stories from the past year, there’s seldom a year of “perfect” conditions when most or all species are trending higher across […]

Mule Deer, Salmon and Upland Hunting Updates

December 9, 2015 by  

Mule Deer, Salmon and Upland Hunting Updates

With the busy fall hunting seasons I often wish I was able get more important updates worked into my weekly column. From deer to pheasants, ducks and geese – did I forget fall fishing? There’s just such a frantic pace of information and I guess that’s a good thing. Here are a few items that […]

Managing the Deer Population for 2016 and Beyond

November 19, 2015 by  

Managing the Deer Population for 2016 and Beyond

As the sun sets on the 2015 deer gun season, the State Game and Fish Department is already well into the process of thinking about next year and beyond. Agency biologists and administrators are close to finalizing a new plan that will guide deer management for the next five years, with a goal of increasing […]

Diseases That Can Affect Deer Populations

November 11, 2015 by  

Diseases That Can Affect Deer Populations

With deer season in full swing, it’s a good time to take a look at a couple of diseases that can influence the state’s deer populations. As we all know, wildlife can get diseases, just like humans. In a recent North Dakota Game and Fish Department webcast, Dr. Dan Grove, the Department’s wildlife veterinarian, shared […]

How to Care For Your Deer in the Field

November 4, 2015 by  

How to Care For Your Deer in the Field

For many deer hunters there’s no spring, summer, fall or winter – only deer season and preparing for deer season. That’s a testament to the level of respect and importance many hunters attach to North Dakota’s deer hunting heritage. In the coming weeks we’ll see pictures, hear stories and weave memories like the farm-to-market dusty […]

Q and A on Deer Hunting Rules and Regulations

October 28, 2015 by  

Q and A on Deer Hunting Rules and Regulations

Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. Q – What is the proper procedure for tagging a deer? A – The law says upon taking possession of your deer you need to immediately tag it. […]

Think Safety This Hunting Season

October 7, 2015 by  

Think Safety This Hunting Season

What are the most important reminders as fall hunting seasons are in full gear? Knowing the limits? Having the right license? Taking a kid hunting? These are all good, but the list below should occupy the top spot. 1. Treat every firearm with the same respect due a loaded firearm. 2. Control the direction of […]

Fall Hunting Expectations

September 30, 2015 by  

Fall Hunting Expectations

I was having a conversation with a friend of mine about our attitudes and perceptions. The back-and-forth went from complaining about the weather to a fear of flying, and it got me to thinking about hunting. A bright sunny day with no wind is usually not very good for duck hunting in October, but such […]

PLOTS Signs a Boon for North Dakota Hunters

September 23, 2015 by  

PLOTS Signs a Boon for North Dakota Hunters

Next to sunflowers, Private Lands Open to Sportsmen signs are probably the most visible yellow objects found across the prairies of North Dakota this autumn. Over the past years, PLOTS signs have become synonymous with quality habitat open for hunting access. The signs mark the boundaries of parcels of private land that landowners have opened […]

Hunting Out of State? Check the Chronic Wasting Disease Guidelines

August 26, 2015 by  

Hunting Out of State? Check the Chronic Wasting Disease Guidelines

It was a hot August Saturday and I was at the pool with the kids. It was even too hot to fish. Ironically the conversation turned from water and fish to big game during the dog days of summer. My friend was looking at a possible trip to Wyoming or Montana, and even planning years […]

Some Thoughts on the 2015 Deer Hunting Season

May 20, 2015 by  

Some Thoughts on the 2015 Deer Hunting Season

The late Dean Hildebrand, North Dakota Game and Fish Department director from 1996 through 2005, had a number of quotes that typically connected his small town North Dakota roots to the management of hunting, fishing and conservation in the state of North Dakota. One of those that is appropriate now, since details of the 2015 […]

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

April 8, 2015 by  

Deer Hunting Numbers in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   One of the primary benchmarks that North Dakota Game and Fish Department biologists use to assess deer populations and hunter satisfaction is the success rate by gun hunters. Over time, a success rate of around 70 percent means hunters are generally satisfied with deer numbers and hunting opportunities. Last year, the […]

North Dakota Big Game Hunting

March 24, 2015 by  

North Dakota Big Game Hunting

by Doug Leier   While it’s a long way from the nearest big game hunting season, the last month or so has had its fair share of North Dakota big game hunting news. Harvest statistics for moose, elk and bighorn sheep came out in February, followed by 2015 moose and elk season details in early […]

The Good News and the Not-So-Good News for Winter 2015

December 11, 2014 by  

The Good News and the Not-So-Good News for Winter 2015

By Doug Leier Most years there’s no shortage of attention grabbers in late fall, with deer season coming and going and the wrap-up of fall sports and harvest and the early stages of the holidays. Such concentration of activity sometimes prevents us from keeping up with an array of hunting and fishing information, and the […]

FAQ About Proposed Changes To 2015 Deer License Regulations

November 19, 2014 by  

FAQ About Proposed Changes To 2015 Deer License Regulations

By Doug Leier Every fall, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department advisory board meetings, which typically start the day after deer gun season ends, are a forum to talk deer hunting. This year, there’s a new proposal for distributing deer licenses on the table for 2015, which will no doubt add to the conversation. […]

Take Care of Your Kill, From Field to Fork

November 5, 2014 by  

Take Care of Your Kill, From Field to Fork

By Doug Leier Growing up in rural North Dakota, I don’t think my parents would argue that I likely ate as many grouse, duck, partridge and venison meals as pizza. In LaMoure, where at the time “fast food” was rabbit or pronghorn, a frozen pizza or rare evening at the Big Cone was a treat. […]

North Dakota Deer Hunting FAQ

October 29, 2014 by  

North Dakota Deer Hunting FAQ

Every year, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. You must obtain an application for a duplicate license from the Game and Fish Department – by calling (701) 328-6300 or printing it off the website at gf.nd.gov […]

Get Your ND Deer Hunting License Before June 4th Deadline

May 28, 2014 by  

Get Your ND Deer Hunting License Before June 4th Deadline

by Doug Leier Yes, I know it’s late May and for most people it’s the season for fishing, camping, boating and just soaking in the sights, sounds and warmth of spring. But for North Dakotans, it’s also the last week or so leading up to the 2014 deer license application deadline on June 4. So, while […]

Recapping the Deer Management Meetings

April 9, 2014 by  

Recapping the Deer Management Meetings

by Doug Leier   Most of us would already assume that April is a busy month for fisheries biologists, as ice-out brings pike spawning, then walleye spawning and initiation of all the other management work that corresponds to open water. Perhaps not so well known is that April is also a busy month for big […]

Hunt is on for Private Land Open to Sportsmen program

February 26, 2014 by  

Hunt is on for Private Land Open to Sportsmen program

by Doug Leier   Most North Dakota hunters probably aren’t thinking much about the Private Land Open to Sportsmen (PLOTS) program right now, but late winter is a busy time for the people who are responsible for the annual PLOTS guide printed in late August each year. As a little refresher, PLOTS is a North […]

Deer Management Meetings in North Dakota

February 12, 2014 by  

Deer Management Meetings in North Dakota

by Doug Leier   For the last decade or so, North Dakota has had around 100,000 active deer hunters, plus or minus a few thousand in any given year. All of us should be interested in the upcoming series of deer management meetings the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has scheduled around the state […]

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

January 8, 2014 by  

Hunter Education and Certification in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Since pheasant, grouse and archery deer seasons just ended a couple of weeks ago, don’t blame hunters if they aren’t already planning for next fall. But if you have a child, friend or relative who will need a hunter education certificate in order to purchase a hunting license in 2014, now is […]

Late Season Hunting & Fishing Opportunities

November 27, 2013 by  

Late Season Hunting & Fishing Opportunities

by Doug Leier For many hunters, November is a peak and valley, the best of times and the worst of times. As North Dakota’s popular deer gun hunting season opens and closes, thousands of hunters begin and end their hunting activities within the 16 ½ days the regular season takes place. While most of the […]

Sportsmen Against Hunger programme helps communities

November 14, 2013 by  

Sportsmen Against Hunger programme helps communities

by Doug Leier   In 2013, North Dakota has fewer deer licenses than in any year since 1983, and anyone who was lucky enough to receive a license can only have one for the deer gun season. That’s a big change from even five years ago when the state allocated more than twice as many […]

Safety First this Deer Hunting Season

November 6, 2013 by  

Safety First this Deer Hunting Season

by Doug Leier   It’s a safe assumption that few hunters ever leave home thinking, “I just might end up in a hunting accident today.” That’s no different than a farmer doing field work or a family just going for a Sunday drive. We seldom assume the worst, but we also buckle up our seat […]

Deer Hunting Q&A – Rules and Regulations

October 30, 2013 by  

Deer Hunting Q&A – Rules and Regulations

by Doug Leier Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. I can’t find my deer license. What should I do? You must obtain an application for a duplicate license from the Game and Fish Department […]

License Reminder before Deer Gun Season Opens

October 9, 2013 by  

License Reminder before Deer Gun Season Opens

by Doug Leier Seasonal periodic reminders urging thousands of deer hunters to take a few minutes to locate their 2013 deer license are being made by the State Game and Fish Department. The primary reason for the reminders is that it’s not uncommon for hunters to misplace or accidentally toss a license between the time […]

Big Game Transport Regulations to Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

September 25, 2013 by  

Big Game Transport Regulations to Prevent Spread of Chronic Wasting Disease

by Doug Leier With all the archery deer hunting activity and the coming spike with deer gun season, it’s a good time to remind hunters of specific regulations on transporting deer and other big game. Keep in mind, these are specific to North Dakota and with the mobility of hunters taking the fields in other states, […]

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

August 29, 2013 by  

Wildlife Surveys & Fall Flight Forecasting

By Doug Leier Hunters are not much different than sports fans when it comes to looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike. Along the way, from crow and […]

The 2013 North Dakota legislature

May 31, 2013 by  

The 2013 North Dakota legislature

HB 1264 – Addresses the issue of Canada goose depredation that occurs during the spring and summer months in North Dakota…

Get to the (Antler) Point

March 22, 2013 by  

Get to the (Antler) Point

There are a number of options out there to improve the quality of our deer hunting.

Getting Involved

February 6, 2013 by  

Getting Involved

Many conservation issues have a degree of politics attached to them, and within a group, differing views can foster a better understanding of the issues, and lead to more effective input.

Wildlife Winter Survival

January 10, 2013 by  

Wildlife Winter Survival

By Doug Leier Many animals have adaptations that help them get through winter, but in some years even those natural defenses are not a sure hedge against death. Some have thick winter coats, and their metabolism slows down. Bears hibernate. Sharp-tailed grouse have feathers out to their toes and other feathers that protect their nostrils from […]

Trail Cam Deer Hunting

September 12, 2012 by  

Trail Cam Deer Hunting

By Nick Simonson In my brief foray into bow hunting, I’ve found that each trip afield, whether I see something or not, is generally exciting. The footsteps of a squirrel or the hopping of a small bird in leaf litter is enough to get my heart pumping. When the steps are a lot louder – […]

Deer Hunting Licenses – Reduced

May 17, 2012 by  

Deer Hunting Licenses – Reduced

by Doug Leier North Dakota’s lower deer and pheasant populations in recent years have generated many discussions. In terms of recent history the numbers are smaller, but compare the deer license allocation from the 1970s, or pheasant harvest numbers from the early 1980s, and hunters have a little more to consider. Wildlife populations will always […]

Conservation Message – Bits & Pieces

March 21, 2012 by  

Conservation Message – Bits & Pieces

By Nick Simonson Normally, I’d being talking about getting ready for spring by now.  But in case you missed it, spring is over.  Welcome to June.  All kidding and weather-banter aside, spring is here and everyone’s timetable has been moved up, but there are some important dates, activities and here-and-now conservation message actions that are […]

Deer Hunting – CWD Q & A

November 17, 2011 by  

Deer Hunting – CWD Q & A

by Doug Leier Chronic Wasting Disease Questions and Answers In the last two years, two North Dakota deer have tested positive for chronic wasting disease. These are the first two positive cases discovered in the state among thousands of deer tested over the last decade or so. Here’s a closer look at CWD with some […]

Deer Hunting Tips

November 14, 2011 by  

Deer Hunting Tips

By Nick Simonson “Wait…what…how did she, where did she come from?!?  Aw crap…no wait, maybe she doesn’t see me, she’s looking…does she? “WHHHHHT!  WHHHHT!” “Guhhh…” My heart never sinks so low as when I know the jig is up; when all the scent killer in the world isn’t enough to cover up a stupid mistake […]

Deer Hunting in Windy Conditions

November 10, 2011 by  

Deer Hunting in Windy Conditions

By Nick Simonson Rarely does a strong wind factor into a good day outdoors.  Sure, there are those times where the right wind whips across a reef or a point, roiling the waters and bringing schools of walleyes in to feed on discombobulated baitfish.  And maybe a breeze catches  a rooster’s scent and wafts it […]

Deer Hunting Tips – Meat Preparation

November 10, 2011 by  

Deer Hunting Tips – Meat Preparation

by Doug Leier Each year it seems I somehow wind up as part of a large number of hunters who receive a recycled email joke about making beef taste like venison. Most who read it find themselves nodding their head and chuckling, as the masses who’ve hunted deer can relate to the uneasy truthfulness of […]

Where I Hunt

October 13, 2011 by  

Where I Hunt

By Doug Leier I live in a great neighborhood. While most people think their neighborhood is the best, I know mine is. I’m not trying to pick a fight, but it’s the best I could ask for, with a mixture of ages and backgrounds probably not much different than many neighborhoods in the state. When […]

PLOTS Guide

September 21, 2011 by  

PLOTS Guide

Doug Leier Over the past two decades the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has emphasized wildlife habitat enhancement and hunting access on private land through its Private Land Initiative. Most North Dakota hunters are familiar with the Private Land Open to Sportsmen program, which provides walking hunting access to more than a million acres […]

Projects with Antlers

September 12, 2011 by  

Projects with Antlers

Our Outdoors: DIY Rattling Antlers – Projects with Antlers By Nick Simonson Do you hear that tick-tick-ticking? It’s either the second hand of the hall clock marking off the moments until I’m up in the stand on bow opener or it’s the beginning of field combat between this year’s herd of whitetail bucks in an […]

Free Buck Knives Up For Grabs

July 15, 2011 by  

Free Buck Knives Up For Grabs

“LIKE” BUCK KNIVES ON FACEBOOK FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A FREE BUCK141 PAKLITE FIELDMASTER! Pack Light, Cut Easy Three Knives for the Weight of One! Developed by hunters to provide hunters with the essential field dressing tools they need, the PakLite FieldMaster kit is the newest, lightweight addition to the Buck Knives broad line […]

Female’s Tree Stand Experience

June 7, 2011 by  

Female’s Tree Stand Experience

By Debra Nelson Last year I joined my husband at the archery range with my new Mathews Mission compound bow.  I hadn’t really planned on hunting until I used a judo point on a gopher!  Now, there is disagreement on whether I actually hit it or not but that gopher did not show up anymore […]

Feeding Wildlife in the Winter

February 2, 2011 by  

Feeding Wildlife in the Winter

By Doug Leier I haven’t checked my archives, but even if I wrote last year about the human desire to feed wildlife during a difficult winter, it’s a topic that bears another look. Years ago in specific scenarios, feeding of wildlife didn’t send up red flags to biologists. Nowadays, however, the best information available tells […]

Snowmobiles Deer Hunting

January 25, 2011 by  

Snowmobiles Deer Hunting

By Doug Leier Every about this time, at least in those years when North Dakota’s landscape is covered with snow, the State Game and Fish Department and other agencies work to remind outdoor recreationists to keep an eye out for wildlife. We could almost get by without even mentioning it. Most people who cross-country ski […]

Crossbow Hunting

January 3, 2011 by  

Crossbow Hunting

Doug Leier For most of us, crossbows are not a real common topic in hunting discussions. You’ve probably seen them on an outdoors television program or maybe in person at a trade show or other event, but overall use of a crossbow is not that common around the country, most likely because they are not […]

Ghost in the Grove

November 15, 2010 by  

Ghost in the Grove

By Nick Simonson As sundown approached one evening, I heard a loud series of crashes in the ten acres of old elms behind me. The repeated footsteps thrashing the leaves and twigs were far more aggressive than those of the doe and fawn that had crept out of the trees a half hour earlier to […]

ND Trax for your PC

November 4, 2010 by  

ND Trax for your PC

TRAX PC – The Adventure Continues! Kirsch’s Outdoor Products is announcing the immediate release of TRAX PC. This product takes the power of TRAX GPS maps and overlays the GPS sportsman map details on the satellite imagery of Google Earth. “The feedback of the TRAX maps has been amazing,” said Korey Kirschenmann, Owner of Kirsch’s […]

First Test of Buck Fever

October 20, 2010 by  

First Test of Buck Fever

By Nick Simonson As a beginning bow hunter, I fall victim to what I’m sure are rookie mistakes. The sound of a squirrel on the ground, rustling through leaves for a bite of food is about all it takes to get my heart pumping and I find myself overamped at the noise. However, I am […]

Treestand Safety

August 23, 2010 by  

Treestand Safety

By Nick Simonson While in the throes of a hotly contested battle with the seat section of a new 15-foot ladder stand, I took a break from what is now becoming a late summer ritual to get a drink of water and my bearings while looking over the assembly manual. It wasn’t the antler fever-inducing […]

Buck Knives Father’s Day Sale

June 10, 2010 by  

Buck Knives Father’s Day Sale

BUCK KNIVES 40% OFF Father’s Day Sale! 40% OFF Any Knife!* www.buckknives.com Get dad a new knife this Father’s Day at an unbeatable price. Buck has a knife for every occasion. Be sure to check out our Father’s Day Special! It’s a limited edition 110 Folding Hunter with Nickel Silver Bolsters, instead of the standard […]

Protecting Your Garden from Deer

April 8, 2010 by  

Protecting Your Garden from Deer

By Doug Leier I’ll never be mistaken for a master gardener, and it really doesn’t bother me. Beyond borrowing the neighbor’s tiller and breaking up the ground each spring, I lose interest in the garden even before the first spuds are planted. So it comes as no surprise that when a stray rabbit is clipping […]

All in the Stats

March 17, 2010 by  

All in the Stats

By Doug Leier I’ve always been intrigued by numbers and the dynamics of statistics. While the numbers themselves, if they are accurate, are more or less facts, the factors contributing to those final statistics are where the real fun comes in. Consider, for instance, last fall’s deer and pheasant harvest numbers. When the North Dakota […]

Deer Hunting Points

November 18, 2009 by  

Deer Hunting Points

By Doug Leier More than 30 years ago, when the North Dakota Game and Fish Department began managing deer in smaller units and issuing a specific number of buck or doe licenses – for example, 38,000 total licenses in 1980 – some “want to be” potential deer hunters actually had to stay home. Fortunately, that […]

Deer Management

November 5, 2009 by  

Deer Management

My guess is that most deer hunters don’t tire of the “Turdy Point Buck” tune on the radio until the backside of deer season. For a change, though, I’d sure enjoy listening to a refrain about hunting doe in North Dakota. Then again, doe hunting doesn’t quite get the credit it deserves. In fact, when […]

Taxidermy Tips

November 5, 2009 by  

Taxidermy Tips

By Nick Simonson At a near run, you step over the crest of the small hill to the other side that leads down to the oak bottom and wonder where the deer bounded after it left your sight. With the scent of gunpowder fading, you follow the sign in the brown leaves and dry grass […]

Sportsmen Against Hunger

November 2, 2009 by  

Sportsmen Against Hunger

By Doug Leier Good news for North Dakota deer hunters this year is that the Sportsmen Against Hunger venison donation program is back in full operation Last year, the program only accepted deer donated by bowhunters, because of concerns over the possibility of lead particles from bullets remaining in processed venison. In North Dakota, the […]

Feeding Wildlife During Winter

February 20, 2009 by  

Feeding Wildlife During Winter

By Doug Leier Nobody wants to see wildlife starve. It happens sometimes, but even in a winter such as this, not as much as most people think. Even in mild winters, Game and Fish is asked about feeding animals, and over time the response to such questions has changed. Historically, winter feeding of wildlife – […]

Deer Baiting – The Never Ending Saga

February 20, 2009 by  

Deer Baiting – The Never Ending Saga

By Chris Hustad   One of the most controversial topics to ever come up in the Nodak Outdoors forums is whether or not deer baiting is ethical. Keep in mind, anytime you want to argue ethics you’re arguing a very large gray area. Who decides what is ethical? That is in the eye of the […]

Flinch-Free Firing – Rifle Shooting Technique

February 20, 2009 by  

Flinch-Free Firing – Rifle Shooting Technique

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson An old neighbor of mine who was just as good at busting sporting clays on the skeet range as he was at busting my chops regarding my tales of fishing and hunting misadventure, asked me what my problem was when he read I didn’t get a deer on opening weekend a […]

Taking Care of Your Deer After Harvest

February 20, 2009 by  

Taking Care of Your Deer After Harvest

By Doug Leier North Dakota’s recent bounty of white-tailed deer means that more hunters in more places have had a chance to put a deer or two or three in the freezer. That’s quite a change from a few short decades ago when deer weren’t nearly as plentiful and many hunters made doe licenses their […]

Deer Behavior and Auto Accidents

February 20, 2009 by  

Deer Behavior and Auto Accidents

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson While driving back from a trip back home this week, I encountered a situation that many outdoorsmen run into when heading out to or coming back from the lake, the deer blind or any other activity which requires an early start or a late return. Despite seeing the mature doe some […]

Making Your Own Deer Hunting Rattlers

February 20, 2009 by  

Making Your Own Deer Hunting Rattlers

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Do you hear that tick-tick-ticking? It’s either the second hand of the hall clock marking off the moments until deer seasons open up around the region or it’s the beginning of field combat between this year’s herd of whitetail bucks in an attempt to establish dominance. From Sunday morning hunting shows […]

Concerns Over Big Game Hunting with Bait

February 20, 2009 by  

Concerns Over Big Game Hunting with Bait

By Doug Leier Over the course of the past year we’ve heard a lot about hunting big game over bait in North Dakota. Some hunters engage in this practice, some have never tried it but support it, and still others would like to see the practice prohibited statewide. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, […]

Elk Management

February 20, 2009 by  

Elk Management

By Doug Leier Science and wildlife management are not stationary. Continuous research and fact gathering result in adjustments to management strategies and through this evolving process hunters directly see changes in hunting seasons. This year’s North Dakota elk season is a good example. Just since 2006, the State Game and Fish Department has nearly doubled […]

Concerns for Big Game Disease

February 20, 2009 by  

Concerns for Big Game Disease

By Doug Leier A few weeks ago, top officials from North Dakota’s game and fish and agriculture departments attended a public meeting in Grygla, Minn., to get an up-close look at the fall-out from the increasing presence of bovine tuberculosis only 50 miles from North Dakota’s border. Area meetings took place because bovine TB has […]

Land Mangement for Hunting

February 20, 2009 by  

Land Mangement for Hunting

Jeremy Elbert While the recent weather has not given any indication of spring actually becoming a reality, we all know it’s just around the corner. As snow gives way to wonderful green growth and spring gives way to summer, it’s time to start thinking about how to improve our hunting properties. If your list is […]

The Big 3 – Elk, Moose, and Bighorn Sheep Hunting

February 20, 2009 by  

The Big 3 – Elk, Moose, and Bighorn Sheep Hunting

By Doug Leier March 19 is the deadline for the “big three,” or moose, elk and bighorn sheep license applications in North Dakota. I’d wager a guess that even some non-hunters have heard discussion on the odds of winning the big three lottery, and we’re not talking a financial lottery either. Hunters nod with understanding […]

Managing Food Plots

February 20, 2009 by  

Managing Food Plots

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson I  can tell you the exact moment I became addicted to fishing; it happened while standing on the rocks my dad on the shore of the Sheyenne River just below the Baldhill Dam as we landed white bass hand over fist on a warm June Saturday nearly 10 years ago. Clearly, […]

My First Buck

February 20, 2009 by  

My First Buck

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Part 1 of a 2-Part Story This year’s deer season was make-or-break for me. In past years, I had been unwilling or unable to put in the time to become proficient with a rifle. There was always something else to do like fishing for bass or hunting upland game throughout late […]

My November Buck Pursuit

February 20, 2009 by  

My November Buck Pursuit

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson Part 2 of a 2-Part Story With a blink of my eyes, I was asleep after dinner and awake long before the rest of the house. I jumped into my hunting clothes and donned blaze orange for day two of the November chase. My host, free from the burdens of work, […]

Common Questions on Deer Hunting Regulations

February 20, 2009 by  

Common Questions on Deer Hunting Regulations

By Doug Leier Forget the remaining ducks and geese, step aside roosters and turkeys. It’s deer season. Officially the regular gun season runs Nov. 9 through Nov. 25, but make no mistake, deer season takes center stage until the tags are filled and garages are transformed into makeshift processing plants. Between the hash marks of the […]

The Big Game Tradition

February 20, 2009 by  

The Big Game Tradition

By Doug Leier I  beg any reader to honestly say they don’t know a deer hunter in North Dakota. While not every adult North Dakota citizen will hunt deer, it has more participants than any other form of hunting. Not a sports rivalry in our state claims nearly a hundred thousand participants. In fact, to […]

Choosing a Scope

February 20, 2009 by  

Choosing a Scope

By Richard Burt The most important piece of equipment you will buy for big game hunting in the open plains of North Dakota is a scope for your rifle. I believe that the scope makes the gun, and if you have a budget and have to choose between an inexpensive Weatherby Vanguard with a nice […]

FIVE STEP PROGRAM FOR QUALITY WHITETAILS

February 20, 2009 by  

FIVE STEP PROGRAM FOR QUALITY WHITETAILS

By Curt Wells Nothing strikes fear in the heart of a bowhunter like the sound of hoof steps behind him. It can paralyze you with terror – unless you’re ready for it. I heard that petrifying sound one November morning in North Dakota, just as the day filtered into the trees. It stunned me because […]

Bucks of the Vortex

February 20, 2009 by  

Bucks of the Vortex

By Curt Wells If you’ve scouted and hunted whitetails long enough you’ve heard the sirens. They’re loud, but you’re the only one who can hear them. They go off just as you look around and find yourself standing in a place that has your hunting instincts in full alarm. This place you’ve discovered, either by […]

Deer Disease

February 20, 2009 by  

Deer Disease

By Doug Leier In northwestern Minnesota near the town of Skime, sharpshooters recently completed a culling effort to reduce white-tailed deer numbers. Nearly 500 deer were killed over a two-month period. The campaign was a response to concerns over the potential spread of bovine tuberculosis, a chronic bacterial disease that primarily infects cattle, but an […]

Leave Wildlife Alone

February 20, 2009 by  

Leave Wildlife Alone

By Doug Leier The local game warden’s phone rings a lot this time of year. Game wardens are essentially tasked with enforcing outdoor recreation laws across the state. This includes everything from boat and water safety patrol during high traffic times on lakes and rivers, monitoring mid-winter predator hunters. What you don’t see or hear […]

A decade ago: the winter of 1996-1997

February 20, 2009 by  

A decade ago: the winter of 1996-1997

By Doug Leier The winter of 1996-1997 was a winter for the ages. It started in early November with blizzard after blizzard, snowfall after snowfall, and spread its impact across the Midwest. While it was 10 years ago, the memories remain fresh in our minds, and not many people who experienced it would want to […]

Deer Proof Landscaping

February 20, 2009 by  

Deer Proof Landscaping

By Doug Leier One of the more frequent concerns I hear about, from nonhunters and hunters alike, is wildlife-human conflicts. Whether it’s Canada geese in crops, raccoons in gardens or deer in hay stacks, the list is endless. More often than not, those seeking a means of limiting the disturbance of wildlife on their priority […]

Small-Bore Centerfire Performance on Big Game

February 20, 2009 by  

Small-Bore Centerfire Performance on Big Game

By Burl Johnson I am, and have been for a very long time, an avid reader of hunting books and magazines. You know those things you wish you had the money from? Mine is to have invested that magazine money in energy stocks in the last three years. But many of the sporting magazines offer truly […]

A View From Above

February 19, 2009 by  

A View From Above

By PJ Maguire The Old Man would say that I have never deer hunted, simply because I have never harvested a deer. It didn’t matter how many hours I had walked slowly through the woods, or sat in a tree above the forest. Which to this point in of time in my life hasn’t been […]

Trophy Buck – Nelson Buck

February 19, 2009 by  

Trophy Buck – Nelson Buck

Our Outdoors Nick Simonson The traffic has been steady coming into Quality Alignment and Brake Center, but many visitors aren’t stopping in for tune ups. Brian Nelson, part owner of the Valley City business is the main draw these days after taking what many are calling the largest buck shot in Barnes County in several […]

Late Season Bow Hunting

February 19, 2009 by  

Late Season Bow Hunting

By Curt Wells If you’re from North Dakota you take a lot of grief about how cold the winters are. It’s just a fact of life. It’s also a fact that many of us like the cold weather, or more accurately, the change of seasons. But the cold weather does a couple of other things […]

Questions on Deer Hunting Regulations

February 19, 2009 by  

Questions on Deer Hunting Regulations

By Doug Leier When the 2006 deer gun season opens at noon Nov. 10, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department will have issued a near-record number of licenses. That means a lot of hunters in the field, and many questions from people who want to clarify rules prior to or during hunting season. Some […]

Deer Management

February 19, 2009 by  

Deer Management

By Doug Leier This time of year, I don’t need to look at the North Dakota Outdoors calendar on my wall to know that deer season is here. Any time during November, when I walk in the door at the local coffee shop, I quickly realize that while pheasant and waterfowl seasons draw thousands of […]

Hi-Vis Decoying – Deer Decoy Strategies

February 19, 2009 by  

Hi-Vis Decoying – Deer Decoy Strategies

By Curt Wells I  hate it when a buck doesn’t pay attention. My soft grunts turned into pig-like snarffles as the big eight-pointer just kept striding away, into the stiff breeze. He crossed a small open meadow, then dropped into a creekbottom and up the other side. When he reached level ground again he finally […]

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