FARGO—Last week's column on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department's Private Land Open to Sportsmen, or PLOTS, program generated some questions about other agency efforts to work with private landowners. The PLOTS program falls under the Game and Fish Department's Private Land Initiative, which is designed to work with private landowners on managing wildlife and wildlife habitat. The PLI has three main goals. • Conserve habitat for fish and wildlife populations.
FARGO—I've learned over the years working and playing outdoors to always pack extra boots and socks, plan to leave early and get home a little bit late. Jumper cables, a tow rope and extra sandwich are worth turning around and going back to get.
FARGO—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 weekends.
FARGO—A decade ago, North Dakota still did not have its first documented case of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer.
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 developed by states and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a means to collect more reliable estimates of migratory bird harvests throughout the country. The program provides agencies the information necessary to manage hunting seasons.
FARGO Walleye are the most popular fish for a good share of North Dakota anglers, so it was good news when the North Dakota State Game and Fish Department announced a couple of weeks ago that this summer's walleye production effort hit record marks for both the number of fingerlings produced, and number of lakes stocked.
FARGO In July most people are still associating the outdoors with fishing, boating or camping, but it's also a time when talk of hunting starts working its way into conversations. And that seems only logical, considering the early Canada goose season, the first major 2016 "fall" hunting season, opens on Aug. 15 with, officially speaking, still a month of summer left to go.
FARGO A few years ago on a Sunday drive near the edge of West Fargo, creeping along with no particular route in mind, one of my kids let out the proverbial, "look." Instinctively I took my foot of the gas—not that slowing from 10 mph down to 5 mph would make much of a difference—but it was slow enough to allow enough of a look to positively identify the bird as western meadowlark.
In a day and age where society kicks out new acronyms about as fast as smartphone apps, it’s no wonder that people start to forget what FFA or KFC even stand for anymore.
I cross-reference many outdoor signature dates with kids and sports. For whatever reason, my mind keeps sports milestones less convoluted than birthdays and anniversaries. So believe me when I tell...