NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND paddlefish update
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announced that the state's 2013 paddlefish snagging season will close to any additional harvest at 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time, Friday, May 17, to protect t... Posted on 5/17/13 at 8:47 AM
IT'S GOOD TO BE IN ND Happy thoughts for fall
I learned two truly awesome things today, thanks a great deal to Doug Leier.
1. You can find out on N.D. Game & Fish's website if you have a deer tag coming your way.
2. There's an any a... Posted on 7/2/10 at 11:13 AM
Penning an outdoors column each week may seem daunting to some, but even with 52 opportunities in a given calendar year to generate topics and information to pass along, at times I actually wish I had more time and room.
The legislative process in North Dakota only takes place every two years. With that in mind, all hunters, anglers, trappers and anyone else who spends time outdoors, has an opportunity to engage in the process now, rather than later this year after bills become law and changes in how you spend time outdoors are already implemented.
It’s been a long time since I began my career with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department as a district game warden in January 1996. I’ll say it feels like yesterday and 17 years ago in the same assessment.
Quality and success are two of the more difficult terms with which fisheries and wildlife managers struggle. In fact, many hunters and anglers would probably nod in agreement that defining quality and success is about as easy as explaining a normal weather pattern.
October is a sort of early Christmas present for those of us who like to spend as much time as possible on the outside of the window. Hunting seasons for just about everything are open, and fall fishing can be just as hot as summer, but without humidity and mosquitoes.
As a game warden and then an outreach biologist serving North Dakota’s most populated county and two of the five largest cities over the past 15 years, fall hunting seasons keep me hopping. From answering questions and taking care of licensing issues, especially as deer season approaches, I sometimes feel like an accountant during tax season.
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.
With the close of summer, you’ll notice a swing from fishing rods to shotguns, when, for the next two months, every day is one day closer to the next hunting season. For many, it’s a seamless and welcome transition, even if the tradeoff means we’re one step closer to winter.
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.”
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