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Friday, June 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Friday, June 14th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Doug Leier

Commentary: Changing technology and a new frontier in the great outdoors

Twenty years ago, I wrote a column about technology. It was inspired by a walk through an early-spring hunting and fishing expo. What I wrote then and what I’m thinking about today with forward-facing sonar and even more evolution really hasn’t changed much at all, has it?
Think back to your last trip outdoors with friends. Chances are, somebody brought along a smartphone. Another friend may have packed hand-held radios. And it wouldn’t be surprising if someone had a GPS unit mounted on the pickup dash or stored in a tackle box or backpack.

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Framework for the 2024 deer gun season in North Dakota now set

The framework for the 2024 deer gun season in North Dakota has been set. The Game and Fish Department has made available 50,100 licenses to hunters, down 3,300 from last year. In addition, muzzleloader licenses decreased by 66 and restricted youth antlered mule deer licenses remained the same.
Total deer licenses are determined by harvest rates, aerial surveys, depredation reports, hunter observations, input at advisory board meetings, and comments from the public, landowners and department field staff.

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Research out of North Dakota aims to learn more about the mystery of martens

My first game warden station was in Bottineau, N.D. Having spent time there in junior college, the uniqueness of the Turtle Mountain’s fish, wildlife and habitat was part of the outdoors DNA, which gave north central North Dakota its own unique identity.
One of the few areas with huntable populations of ruffed grouse and the international shared waters of Lake Metigoshe was a draw for hunters, anglers and anyone who appreciates the array of species and opportunities.

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Will North Dakota fishing stay hot in 2024 after what was called a record-breaking 2023 open-water season?

The open water fishing in North Dakota in 2023 was record breaking according to Greg Power, fisheries division chief, and hard water anglers were eager to see if the winter fishing would stay hot. 
“It was incredible how many calls we got … a lot of positive things were said about the walleye fishing in North Dakota in 2023,” Power said. “And it wasn’t any one water.”

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Latest survey reveals record 347 North Dakota bighorn sheep in state’s western grasslands

Two of the most popular species with hunting seasons in North Dakota include harvest numbers you can count on your hands or hands and toes. I’m talking about mountain lions and bighorn sheep.
These two unique species capture the interest of hunters and non-hunters alike. While over 20,000 applications were received for the half dozen bighorn sheep tags, mountain lion hunting is open to individuals with a furbearer tag but limited to one per season.
The Game and Fish Department’s bighorn sheep survey, completed by recounting lambs, revealed a record 347 bighorn sheep in the grasslands of western North Dakota.

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North Dakota’s firearms deer season opens Nov. 10: Here are answers to hunters’ frequently asked questions

Each deer season is unique. It’s part of what creates the hunting heritage as you reconnect with the same hunting crew at deer camp each year. But no matter how hard you try, there’s bound to be a little different twist each year. A new member joining the crew or, unfortunately, one missing.
While the weather, habitat and field conditions are also bound to change, some of the usual questions arise each year. Here’s a few answers to some of the annual frequently asked questions.

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Here’s how to get your deer tested for CWD in North Dakota

If your deer hunting unit is under a chronic wasting disease hunting restriction, if you want to know if the deer you’ve taken had CWD or you are concerned with the future of North Dakota’s deer herd, you should make plans to get your deer tested by the Game and Fish Department.
While there is currently no scientific evidence CWD can pass from deer to humans, wouldn’t you feel better knowing the deer you harvested and ate tested negative? If you want to help biologists track the prevalence and surveillance of this always fatal disease, why not drop off the head or get a handy self sampling kit?

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Innovation leads to North Dakota wildlife crossings success

Even as a lifelong North Dakota hunter, angler, former game warden, and veteran (old) biologist, there are plenty of times when my colleagues and the state Game and Fish Department make me smile and think, wow, now that’s cool.
Take, for instance, a few years ago when North Dakota’s first big-game crossings were perceived, designed, and created. In the badlands of western North Dakota, given the combination of high-volume traffic, rugged terrain, and even bigger big game such as moose and limited populations of bighorn sheep, the wildlife crossings essentially went from the equivalent of a warning sign to a bypass.

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For 40 years, North Dakota’s Report All Poachers program has played big role in catching violators

I don’t remember the year, but I was a young hunter with my dad near Twin Lakes in LaMoure County, N.D. It was so long ago there were actually two lakes with a road in between before the wet cycle created one lake that’s more famous now for fishing than it was back when the legendary New York Yankees manager Billy Martin was frequently spending the offseason hunting nearby.
It was a popular spot for the old tradition of pass shooting. Hunters sat along the fence line waiting for ducks and geese to move off and between the lakes separated by a gravel road during the sunrise feed.

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