How the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Changed Waterfowl Hunting

December 7, 2016 by  

How the Migratory Bird Treaty Act Changed Waterfowl Hunting

As I write this the first winter weather of 2016 is turning an extended fall into the reality of a typical November, which means ducks and geese on the move, and in many parts of North Dakota that can create quite a spectacle – for hunters and others who just enjoy observing migrating waterfowl on […]

2016 North Dakota Waterfoul Info

September 14, 2016 by  

2016 North Dakota Waterfoul Info

Let’s cut to the chase this week and get to the important details of the 2016 waterfowl hunting seasons. Technically, they already started with early goose in mid-August, and now continue on with youth weekend, the resident opener and regular opener on three consecutive weekend. The youth waterfowl weekend  is Sept. 17 and 18, and […]

How Hunters Help the Harvest Information Program

August 17, 2016 by  

How Hunters Help the Harvest  Information Program

For hunters my age, the acronym HIP associated with the outdoors isn’t anything new. While anywhere beyond two decades ago, HIP might have meant “aware” or “fashionable,” to those of us familiar with the migratory bird hunting world today, it also refers to the Harvest Information Program. What is HIP? HIP is a survey method […]

Duck Numbers Down Slightly in North Dakota

July 13, 2016 by  

Duck Numbers Down Slightly in North Dakota

During mid-July we obviously note the sun is setting a bit earlier, the small grains are nearing harvest and the August 15 early Canada goose opener is nearing and hunters can begin to form plans for the fall hunting seasons. In the past few weeks the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has released some […]

Waterfowl Season Setting Process Changing

February 10, 2016 by  

Waterfowl Season Setting Process Changing

Many people who hunt waterfowl are familiar with a season-setting process that in the northern tier of states is finalized only a few weeks before opening day. Starting this year, however, the process is changing. What was previously a two-cycle regulatory practice – one for waterfowl and one for other migratory birds (doves, cranes) – […]

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 […]

North Dakota’s 2015 Waterfowl Season Set

September 9, 2015 by  

North Dakota’s 2015 Waterfowl Season Set

One of the final pieces of North Dakota’s fall hunting picture is the setting of waterfowl season. While the moose and elk season was set way back in March, followed by deer, pronghorn, small game and fall turkey, waterfowl must wait until the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service establishes the frameworks under which states can […]

Expect changes with federal duck stamp this year

August 19, 2015 by  

Expect changes with federal duck stamp this year

In the coming weeks when thousands of North Dakota hunters will go through the annual ritual of buying a federal duck stamp, most people will notice a change or two. One of those changes is a price increase from $15 to $25 passed by Congress and signed into law late last year. It was the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Waterfowl Hunting Season Opening in North Dakota

September 18, 2013 by  

Waterfowl Hunting Season Opening in North Dakota

by Doug Leier Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook. Opening day for North Dakota residents is September […]

Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations: Aquatic Nuisance Species

September 11, 2013 by  

Waterfowl Hunting Rules and Regulations: Aquatic Nuisance Species

Doug Leier For good reason, the State Game and Fish Department makes every effort to explain waterfowl hunting rules and regulations that hunters will need to know as they take the field this fall. This includes daily bag limits, species restrictions, season lengths, special zones and hunting hours. Most of these areas of interest are […]

Survey Estimates – Hunting Seasons Management

September 4, 2013 by  

Survey Estimates – Hunting Seasons Management

Doug Leier If you catch a conversation between hunters and hear a reference to HIP, chances are they are discussing the Harvest Information Program and not what their kids or teenage neighbors are into. HIP is a survey method developed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a means to collect more reliable estimates […]

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 […]

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

November 30, 2012 by  

New Sitka Waterfowl Gear

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Outdoor Photography Tips

September 5, 2012 by  

Outdoor Photography Tips

By Doug Leier If you hunt or fish, chances are you take pictures of your catch or bag. It’s easy these days because small cameras or mobile phones capable of taking photos and video are convenient to bring along, and the automatic settings are almost fool-proof. Notice I wrote “almost” fool-proof and not “totally” fool-proof. […]

CRP Loss

August 20, 2012 by  

CRP Loss

Doug Leier Throughout the years I’ve been writing, I’ve continued to highlight the Conservation Reserve Program, and for good reason. It’s not by sheer accident that North Dakota’s wildlife populations have experienced a contemporary revival that rivals most hunters’ recollections of “the good old days.” Many factors influence wildlife populations, and weather and habitat are […]

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 […]

G+H Weather Vane Decoys Deal

December 12, 2011 by  

G+H Weather Vane Decoys Deal

Buy 3 six packs get free shipping!! These words are music to all waterfowlers’ ears. G+H Canada Goose Weather Vane Decoys are the ticket for realism in the field. Simple to set up, light for travel, and they move with the slightest wind always realigning themselves. No more days of getting up and moving the […]

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 […]

Wildlife Biology Career

March 16, 2011 by  

Wildlife Biology Career

By Doug Leier Sooner or later – most likely later – what feels like spring will arrive. Just looking at the calendar makes that a pretty safe prediction, but I also know that spring is getting closer because of a bump in the volume of calls I get from students and parents looking for guidance […]

Waterfowl Industry Gets a Black Eye

December 10, 2010 by  

Waterfowl Industry Gets a Black Eye

After years of rumors and speculation, a federal grand jury returned 23-count felony indictment today charging Jeff Foiles of Foiles Migrators.  This is a huge black eye in the waterfowl industry.  Jeff Foiles, a well known representative of the waterfowl industry, is looked up upon by many and is affiliated with many products and companies.   Whether […]

Nodak Outdoors and Buck Knives Waterfowlers Knife

November 22, 2010 by  

Nodak Outdoors and Buck Knives Waterfowlers Knife

In the past couple decades, I’ve seen the waterfowling industry become cluttered with more gear then any crew could ever afford or keep track of. Products designed with the sole purpose of making your waterfowling trips more productive and comfortable. Without a doubt, waterfowlers are becoming very good at harvesting waterfowl in all situations. But […]

Greenheads

October 20, 2010 by  

Greenheads

By Doug Leier North Dakota has such an array of duck species nesting in the state there’s a good chance most hunters will remember a teal, gadwall, pintail or shoveler as their first duck and instead of a mallard. And there’s nothing wrong with that, nothing wrong with bragging about the first duck regardless of […]

Waterfowler Innovations Changes Waterfowling

October 20, 2010 by  

Waterfowler Innovations Changes Waterfowling

Waterfowl hunting is changing in a hurry.  One only has to look back a couple decades when there was limited gear options to where we stand today where the options are endless.  Most products come and go but some have come along and changed the game, and a new company, Waterfowler Innovations, is trying to […]

2010 Duck Season

September 29, 2010 by  

2010 Duck Season

By Doug Leier The NFL season opened a few weeks back with many teams having high expectations for a banner year. Such is the case for the North Dakota waterfowl season, which opens Sept. 25 for residents and Oct. 2 for nonresidents. High expectations, however, are not always realized due to factors that no one […]

Looking to Fall in ND

August 3, 2010 by  

Looking to Fall in ND

By Doug Leier With the Vikings into training camp, regardless of who plays quarterback for the Purple this fall, most experts agree it should be a good season. The same goes for North Dakota’s primary gamebird species this fall. That said, there’s no guarantee and we really won’t know until hunters or football players take […]

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 […]

Thin To Win in the Blind

October 20, 2009 by  

Thin To Win in the Blind

By Chris Hustad It’s around 15 degrees, and my watch says 8 am on a late October morning in 1993. I have my head tucked under a staked-up snow goose shell, as I watch a flock of 8 snows coming at us 200 yards away. Luckily, there’s just enough wind this morning to keep the […]

Go Green with Mallards

October 20, 2009 by  

Go Green with Mallards

By Doug Leier The next time you find yourself kicking cans in the shop, killing time at the gas station or coffee shop with the crew, I ask you to raise a question about favorite ducks. No doubt the wood duck would garner a share of votes, and the pintail has subtle grace and definition–that […]

Sun Showers

April 2, 2009 by  

Sun Showers

By PJ Maguire One crisp fall morning in the recent past, I was sitting at a counter waiting on breakfast in Lawton, North Dakota. We were at Doris’ Café, which happens to be attached to the only gas station in town. In my opinion it is probably the last place to get a good breakfast […]

Dave’s Band

April 2, 2009 by  

Dave’s Band

By PJ Maguire   I met Dave Easton in the fall of 2000 at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house on the University of North Dakota campus in Grand Forks. Dave had a burning passion to pursue game in the outdoors and a Jeep. I had three-dozen mallard floaters and knowledge of waterfowl passed down […]

Nebraska Duck Hunting – Early Teal Season

April 2, 2009 by  

Nebraska Duck Hunting – Early Teal Season

By PJ Maguire Ever since I heard of the early teal seasons held by states south of Minnesota and North Dakota, I have wanted to participate in one of these hunts. When I first started hunting with my friend J.D. from Omaha, he told me tales of hunting these little ducks in September. Finally, this […]

A Duck Band’s Beginning

April 2, 2009 by  

A Duck Band’s Beginning

By Chris Hustad It was right around first light when I ventured outside of our sleeping quarters at J. Clark Salyer National Refuge Headquarters near Upham, ND last week (in early September). I noticed the picnic table was still full of grills, empty plates of goose, and some empty beer cans. Luckily, I packed it […]

Staying HIP

April 2, 2009 by  

Staying HIP

By Doug Leier For almost a decade, migratory bird hunters have had to get HIP. No, not the “hip,” that loosely means “aware” or “fashionable” according the Webster’s Dictionary, but HIP, as in registered with the Harvest Information Program. What is HIP? HIP is a survey method developed by states and the U.S. Fish and […]

Hunting Sunrises & Sunsets

April 2, 2009 by  

Hunting Sunrises & Sunsets

By Chris Hustad If you’ve read about the 5 stages each hunter goes though in his or her life, you’ll understand how we progress as individuals and how we relate to our surroundings. One thing that seems to never get old to me is watching the sun rise or set when I’m out and about […]

Respecting Diversity in Hunting

April 2, 2009 by  

Respecting Diversity in Hunting

By Mike Taddy As the hot summer days begin to fade away, the increased anxiousness and irritableness of the waterfowler is the one certainty that exists in the North Dakota hunting world. Now, before you go on the defensive because you ’re a waterfowler, please take time to read this with an open mind. North […]

Canvasbacks of Lake Catahoula

April 2, 2009 by  

Canvasbacks of Lake Catahoula

By PJ Maguire The Internet is a beautiful thing. It has given me hunting opportunities I only dreamed of as a young boy paging through outdoor magazines wishing to hunt ducks in the exotic places featured in the stories. So… when I got the chance to hunt waterfowl on Louisiana’s Lake Catahoula how could I […]

Ducks vs. Geese

April 2, 2009 by  

Ducks vs. Geese

By PJ Maguire I have often been asked what I enjoy the pursuit of most: ducks or geese. It is a difficult question for a person who would prefer to spend his time scanning the skyline above decoys for waterfowl. For me, I cut my teeth hunting ducks at my family’s lake cabin with my dad […]

Pay Me to Be Outdoors

April 2, 2009 by  

Pay Me to Be Outdoors

By PJ Maguire Ever since I can remember it has been a dream of mine to have my own hunting and fishing show. The dream has always been to find a way for me to hunt and fish for a living. After many discussions with other outdoorsman I know I am not the only one […]

The Duck Stamp

April 2, 2009 by  

The Duck Stamp

By Doug Leier Even if you’re not a duck hunter, I think you’ll appreciate what thousands of duck hunters across the prairie are doing this fall. It’s about as simple a task as you can make it, and much of the time they don’t get enough credit for how they’ve contributed to the good of […]

Dead End Slough

April 2, 2009 by  

Dead End Slough

By Chris Hustad When I look back at the hunting and fishing memories throughout the years, I can really tell how much it influenced the blueprint of my life. I can remember my first walleye, largemouth bass, pheasant, and duck to name a few like it was just yesterday. But more than just the creature […]

Dream Hunt

April 2, 2009 by  

Dream Hunt

By PJ Maguire It was an unbelievable day. The snow was coming down sideways and the birds were committing suicide. I filled my Swan tag with a black neck collared bird that was sporting a tarsus band to boot. I picked the bird out of a decoying flock that came in at first light. Matt […]

2004 Greenskins Classic Review

April 2, 2009 by  

2004 Greenskins Classic Review

By Jed Fluhrer The 2004 GreenSkins Classic proved once again that opening weekend isn’t really about duck hunting. Opening weekend is all about hanging out with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors. From the beginning this years Greenskins was different. Not only was the man who started it all, Chris Hustad, not going to […]

Delta Waterfowl

April 2, 2009 by  

Delta Waterfowl

BISMARCK, ND-Duck hunters from Minnesota to Louisiana are organizing rallies and planning public hearings in an attempt to answer the most nagging question in the outdoors: “Where were the ducks?” Delta Waterfowl President Rob Olson says one reason hunters across the country have been disappointed by recent duck seasons is that the Canadian portion of […]

GreenSkins Classic Recap

March 30, 2009 by  

GreenSkins Classic Recap

By Chris Hustad The North Dakota resident opener proved to be a huge success for all those who took part. In our group’s extensive scouting around the state, we’d witnessed large masses of ducks for weeks. The trend appeared to be the more northeast you go, the more ducks you’ll come across. Local canada geese […]

GreenSkins Classic Recap – 2003 North Dakota Duck Opener

March 30, 2009 by  

GreenSkins Classic Recap – 2003 North Dakota Duck Opener

By Chris Hustad As I sit here typing my first keystrokes, I’m looking out an airplane window watching North Dakota disappear behind me. As I prepare for my out of town business all week, I can only sit back and recap the prior weekend in my mind. It was the duck hunting opener for North […]

Rory and the 2001 Hunting Season

March 30, 2009 by  

Rory and the 2001 Hunting Season

By Doug Panchot Having gone every hunting seasonexcept for last, without having a dog to hunt with of my own, I came to the conclusion that a gun dog is something that everyone should have the opportunity to have. Sure I have hunted with others who bring along their dogs when we hunt together. But […]

The Good Old Days

March 30, 2009 by  

The Good Old Days

By Perry Thorvig The Nodak crew shot the greenheads big time again in this year’s duck opener. They celebrated the tenth anniversary of the breaking of the drought of the 1980s and early 90s. Ironically, we may be heading back into another drought cycle. But, there are still birds around and then can provide some […]

Hunting the Honey Hole

March 30, 2009 by  

Hunting the Honey Hole

By Perry Thorvig Kenny Z said that he first “discovered” the honey hole when he was 16 years old. Now it is 39 years later, and he is still hunting the same spot. There aren’t the numbers of birds around that there used to be. But, hey, shooting the birds is only half the fun. […]

Purple Loostrife & SaltCedar – Noxious Weeds in the Outdoors

March 30, 2009 by  

Purple Loostrife & SaltCedar – Noxious Weeds in the Outdoors

Jim McAllister Sportsman, are you aware of noxious weeds that can limit habitat in wetlands for wildlife. In the last 10 years, the state of North Dakota has had two noxious weeds move into our wetlands. They both can have devastating effects if not properly controlled. They are purple loosestrife and saltcedar. Purple loosestrife has […]

New Life on the Prairie (2002)

March 30, 2009 by  

New Life on the Prairie (2002)

By Jason Phillips  Just when it seemed like it’s over, the action on the prairie potholes continues….on perch and northern pike that is. Well it looks like old man winter decided to get the last laugh this year and brought us some of the coldest weather of the season…in March. While it is tough to […]

The Streak

March 30, 2009 by  

The Streak

By Perry Thorvig My brother-in-law, Kenny Carlson, loves to hunt and fish. As most hunters do, he got started hunting during his high school years. Kenny is a lean six-footer. I guess that’s a kind way of saying that he must have been a pretty skinny kid in high school. He was not a Friday […]

Wildlife and Habitat Management: The Joint Venture Concept of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan

March 30, 2009 by  

Wildlife and Habitat Management: The Joint Venture Concept of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan

By Robert A. Langager Introduction Migratory waterfowl have traveled the North American continent for thousands of years. They have awed many who have seen their great winged migrations. Waterfowl inspire many to watch them, hunt them, and study them intensely. As a resource, waterfowl and other birds generate nearly $20 billion in economic activity and […]

The Value of Temporary Wetlands

March 30, 2009 by  

The Value of Temporary Wetlands

By Doug Leier A recent rainy spell has rekindled somewhat the time-worn debate over the value of wetlands, small ones in particular. North Dakota has hunreds of thousands of these small, shallow wetlands. They’re often called temporary wetlands because they typically only hold water for a few weeks after spring snow melt, or after heavy […]

Water Up – Ducks Down

March 30, 2009 by  

Water Up – Ducks Down

By PJ Maguire When flights of ducks returned to the prairies of North Dakota from the south, numbers looked good for the 2004 waterfowl season. The annual spring breeding duck index was the 3rd highest on record, and was up 9% from last year. These numbers were surprising considering that there was a 16% decrease […]

All I Want For Christmas

March 29, 2009 by  

All I Want For Christmas

By Chris Hustad     Christmas season has come and gone yet again, with plenty of memories to crown the year. This will be a very memorable Christmas for people all over the country who’ve never had a white Christmas before. On the weather channel, I saw some areas in the Gulf Coast of Texas […]

Junior Duck Stamp Contest Winner Announced

March 29, 2009 by  

Junior Duck Stamp Contest Winner Announced

By Chris Hustad A pair of blue-winged teal were the top winning waterfowl chosen as the 2005 Best of Show in the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest. “The Sun Watchers”, is the title of the Best of Show winning drawing by 18-year-old, Daniel Dwyer from Bismarck. Daniel used oil paints to depict a pair […]

Who’s Going To Look After the Ducks?

March 29, 2009 by  

Who’s Going To Look After the Ducks?

A Day in the Field With Delta Waterfowl – By Jed Fluhrer Who’s going to look after the ducks? While I have spent many days in the marsh and field scanning the skies for ducks, it wasn’t until I stood in a wetland east of Bismarck, North Dakota surrounded by a group of Cub Scouts […]

All My Heroes are Duck Hunters

March 29, 2009 by  

All My Heroes are Duck Hunters

By PJ Maguire The Old Man and I spent many summer afternoons discussing the usual topics; investing, religion, fishing and of course duck hunting. He was a strong Catholic, the kind that kept a painting of the last super by the dinner table. We said grace before we ate our meals, and we enjoyed many […]

Alternative Land Use Services Moving Forward

March 29, 2009 by  

Alternative Land Use Services Moving Forward

Federal, provincial and territorial Agriculture Ministers meeting in Kananaskis Alberta approved a four point policy agenda which would include testing of an ecological services plan called Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS). Often referred to as the “Farmers Conservation Plan”, ALUS was designed by the farm community across Canada. ALUS has been widely recognized as the […]

The Mysterious Coot

March 29, 2009 by  

The Mysterious Coot

By Doug Leier Have you ever thought about hunting coots? To be honest, most hunters never even consider bagging one and bringing it home, even though they are readily available on many North Dakota waters and regulations allow a daily limit of 15 and a possession limit of 30. But this season, I might think […]

The Best Waterfowl Hunt

March 29, 2009 by  

The Best Waterfowl Hunt

By PJ Maguire I have often been asked, “What is the best hunt you have ever been on?” I am a very modest person, but I have a long list to choose from when it comes to this topic. I have been blessed by befriending some of the best waterfowlers in the country. Being lucky, and […]

First Forecast

March 25, 2009 by  

First Forecast

By Perry Thorvig This year’s first comprehensive summary of agency reports and anecdotal observations concerning the prospects for the 2004 waterfowl season. Last month you read that I was pretty discouraged about duck hunting prospects in general because of increased commercialization of the resource. In the space that follows, I will summarize the agency and […]

Memorable Hunting Retrievers

March 25, 2009 by  

Memorable Hunting Retrievers

By PJ Maguire Life is just a series of moments where you connect with another person, place, or feeling. Every bird dog I have ever owned has had it’s own moments. These were times when dogs did remarkable things based on minimal training and experience. These moments seem to burn deeper in my memory for […]

Survey Says

March 25, 2009 by  

Survey Says

By Doug Leier With the final shots of North Dakota’s bird hunting seasons behind us as of the close of turkey hunting on Jan. 11, we’re actually only weeks away from the opening of the 2009 spring snow goose conservation season on Feb. 21. Beyond that, the spring turkey season is only a couple of […]

Waterfowl Hunting Memories

March 24, 2009 by  

Waterfowl Hunting Memories

By Chris Hustad Well here I am, back in another airplane for a cross country trip home from work. As I write this I’m on the first lag of my trip back to North Dakota from Blacksburg, Virginia. After a long exhausting week, it feels good to know I’m going home. And this isn’t just […]

Ducks, Geese, & UV

March 24, 2009 by  

Ducks, Geese, & UV

By PJ Maguire Every year waterfowl hunters are bombarded with new equipment and ideas. As waterfowlers there is a lot of stuff we need in order to pursue ducks and geese. A wise goose hunter once told me that in order to be successful, you have to lead the pack and not follow. Since then […]

Bird Band – Duck Band – Goose Band

March 24, 2009 by  

Bird Band – Duck Band – Goose Band

By PJ Maguire Every year the U.S. Fish and Wildlife service and agencies ran by the states, place leg bands on a variety of birds across the country. Migratory birds, like ducks, geese, and most recently doves are some of the most commonly banded birds. Harvesting a bird sporting a leg band is a special […]

2006 Midwest Waterfowl Festival

March 24, 2009 by  

2006 Midwest Waterfowl Festival

By PJ Maguire Right now it is August, and I can feel the fall creeping in. The nights are cooler and the days are shorter. It is time for me to organize decoys, check gear and count the shotgun shells I have remaining from last season. It is also time to check out new gear […]

Hunting Alone

March 24, 2009 by  

Hunting Alone

By Perry Thorvig Who would think that there is actually a “down side” to having the luxury of a lot of time to hunt? The problem is that it may be difficult to get enough hunting partners to accompany you. My hunting partners usually set aside one long weekend a year to hunt geese in […]

It’s Crunch Time for the 2002 Waterfowl Season

March 23, 2009 by  

It’s Crunch Time for the 2002 Waterfowl Season

By Jason Phillips The 2002 waterfowl season is just around the corner and it’s time for final preparations. For avid waterfowlers, preparation begins at the final sunset on the last day of the previous season. August is crunch time! The planning, preparation and anticipation has reached its climax and everything will soon fall into place […]

Getting Stuck

March 23, 2009 by  

Getting Stuck

By Perry Thorvig The little town of Middle River, Minnesota has an annual goose hunting opening day celebration. They sell beer in plastic mugs that say, “If you ain’t a goose hunter, you ain’t sh*t.” That phrase reminds me of the one that my hunting partner Ken Ziegler says about being stuck. He say’s, “I […]

Winged Migration

March 23, 2009 by  

Winged Migration

By Doug Leier I’ve got a short attention span. In fact, my 9-month-old daughter can stay on task longer than I can. I say it’s a factor of society, the internet, email and cell phones – the “right now” culture that seems to have us trapped. But somehow, that all changes when we get outdoors. […]

CRP Loss Equals Less Wildlife

February 18, 2009 by  

CRP Loss Equals Less Wildlife

By Doug Leier It’s no secret that Conservation Reserve Program acreage continues to decline in North Dakota. This is not a surprising development, as for many years agencies and conservation organizations have been pointing toward economic factors that could potentially influence landowner interest in CRP. The reality of the situation in 2008 is that accelerated CRP […]

Hunting Retriever Basics

February 18, 2009 by  

Hunting Retriever Basics

By PJ Maguire Dogs are companions, first and foremost. As hunters with retrievers, we should always keep that in mind when training, hunting or playing with our dogs. The vast majority of your retriever’s life will be spent going for walks and chasing butterflies, not hunting. However, it is easy for us to forget that […]

Fall Hunting Predictions

February 18, 2009 by  

Fall Hunting Predictions

By Doug Leier Football previews with prognostications and predictions for the upcoming season are starting in earnest. Based on drafts and off-season transactions, “experts” are predicting which teams will flourish or fail. While most hunting seasons are at least six weeks away, biologists and wildlife managers can also make calculated estimations as to how well […]

Wind and the Critical Role it Plays

February 14, 2009 by  

Wind and the Critical Role it Plays

By PJ Maguire Picture yourself in a cornfield. It’s late October, the previous night this particular field was lined shoulder to shoulder with Northern mallards. Standing in the headlights of your SUV you toss a few crispy corn petals up in to the air, and watch as a gust of wind takes them back to […]

Planning a Waterfowl HuntingTrip to Canada

February 13, 2009 by  

Planning a Waterfowl HuntingTrip to Canada

By Justin Gatzke Well, it is getting down to crunch time. We are officially less than two months away from the big waterfowl hunting trip to Canada. Coordinating a hunting trip can be a series of headaches if you let it overwhelm you. There is lodging to find, licenses to buy, trailers to stuff, and […]

Hunter’s Choice Waterfowl Regulations

February 13, 2009 by  

Hunter’s Choice Waterfowl Regulations

By Doug Leier About 15 years ago I attended my first Game and Fish Department advisory board meeting. I was a fisheries and wildlife management student at North Dakota State University, and had a goal of one day working in the natural resource field. I decided it might be a positive learning experience to attend […]

The Art of Missing

February 13, 2009 by  

The Art of Missing

By PJ Maguire   There has been a lot written about shooting shotguns and the different roles of shot size, chokes, etc. It seems to me that every article I have read about shooting agrees on one thing; you can have the right choke with the right load, but if you cannot shoot, it won’t […]

Duck Hunting Field Tactics & Tips

February 13, 2009 by  

Duck Hunting Field Tactics & Tips

By Chris Hustad There’s a lot of different ways to hunt ducks. You can field hunt, open water hunt, hunt shallow potholes, hunt flooded timber, pass shoot refuges, etc. etc. Every state has it’s own unique landscape, it’s own flyways, it’s own style of hunting. This philosophy definitely applies to duck hunting in North Dakota. […]

Duck Recipe

February 13, 2009 by  

Duck Recipe

Here’s some favorite duck recipes of ours. Orange Duck Recipe : 1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil 1/3 Cup of Orange Juice 2 Tablespoons Grated Orange Peel 1/2 Cup Can of Peaches, Pureed 1/2 Cup Can of Pineapple, Pureed 1/3 Cup Whipping Cream 1 Tsp. Bacon Drippings 2 Tablespoon Butter 1/2 Tsp. Chopped Fresh Garlic 1 […]

Fast & Easy Wild Game Bird Cleaning Tips

February 13, 2009 by  

Fast & Easy Wild Game Bird Cleaning Tips

By Chris Hustad This type of bird cleaning is best used for ducks, snow geese, lessor Canada geese, and upland game. The process of breasting the bird and packaging takes about 3-4 minutes/bird. It’s a great way to do large numbers at a time. I learned this years back and have been using it ever […]

Layout Blind Concealment Tips

February 13, 2009 by  

Layout Blind Concealment Tips

By Chris Hustad Without a doubt, the introduction of layout blinds is one of the biggest assets to field hunters in the past decade. Every year, existing models get makeovers adding better modifications. There are many brands on the market, and many models can be found of each. I’ve hunted out of most of the […]

Scouting for the Fall

February 13, 2009 by  

Scouting for the Fall

By Doug Leier  I  hate to bear bad news, but summer is fading faster than the Minnesota Twins. While there is still some time to soak in the last remaining days of August, it’s also a good time to start preparations for autumn and all its splendor. It’s never too soon to begin planning for […]

Battling Aquatic Nuisance Species

February 4, 2009 by  

Battling Aquatic Nuisance Species

By Doug Leier A few months ago I wrote about the expanding concern regarding aquatic nuisance species and their current and potential impact in North Dakota waters. While North Dakota doesn’t yet have ANS as significant as, say, zebra mussels in the Great Lakes, unwanted plants and animals continue to steal time and money away […]