Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Tuesday, October 3rd, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Doug Leier

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.

Hunters a big part of North Dakota’s fight against CWD

Working for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department as a game warden and now biologist has provided countless positive interactions with hunters, anglers, trappers and citizens who love everything about North Dakota outdoors and are willing to do what they can to help the future of our outdoor heritage.
The relationships with fish, wildlife and conservation clubs and members are legendary from helping maintain and fund fishing access to submitting wings for upland game data. The cooperation is generational, appreciated and invaluable. We need it to continue and so do future generations of hunters and anglers.

Understanding the Harvest Information Program for migratory birds and why it’s so important

I’ve become numb to email, phone and text surveys or post-purchase questionnaires. From a service call or store receipt, and everything in between, companies and businesses are constantly asking patrons about their activity and assessing their expectations.
Thankfully, the majority of these are voluntary and I just hang up, disregard, or click through. I figure if it was that important, I’d have to answer.
So, when it comes to hunting and fishing surveys when they are law or mandatory, hunters should understand how important the information requested is.

North Dakota PLOTS acres open to public, but not for all use: Here’s what to know

The goal of North Dakota’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen program is to provide walk-in public access for hunting on private land. Just because hunters are allowed access doesn’t mean it’s open for any type of use.
Even if you are hunting, PLOTS agreements do not allow activities such as horseback riding, camping, placing bait for any purpose, driving ATVs or snowmobiles, dog training and many others, without written permission from the landowner.

Here’s how to take care of your hunting dog this fall

When it comes to seeing, hearing and understanding the issues hunters encounter firsthand, North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens are reliable sources for issues such as hunter safety. Their guidance provide hunters with points of emphasis to keep themselves and other hunters safe.
The same goes for one of the most obvious companions of the hunter. The hunting dog. Game warden Josh Hedstrom knows a lot about both hunter safety and recently shared key points to keep in mind when hunting with dogs.

A look at public access opportunities for North Dakota hunters

August means the early Canada goose season and the beginning of the 2023 hunting seasons. Part of the process is looking for places to hunt from the first geese to ducks, deer, pheasants and grouse.
Did you know about 93% of the land in North Dakota is privately owned? It’s no wonder in this society where if we can shave off a few seconds off a drive or chore we’ll often head for the path of less time spent on the journey giving us more time at the destination.

North Dakota’s early goose season provides August hunting opportunities

High school fall sports practices are underway, school has either started or will begin soon. Like it or not, it’s hunting season. The good news is the fishing season in North Dakota never closes so hunters who lament the loss of the true summer can choose not to take part in the early Canada goose hunt.
For farmers and landowners, hunting of Canada geese in August and early September is intended to reduce local Canada goose numbers, which remain high. For hunters it’s an additional hunting opportunity to increase pressure and reduce the locally breeding Canada geese.

Spring counts for pheasants, waterfowl out of North Dakota show growing pheasant numbers

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department uses indexes to frame population estimates for waterfowl and upland game. While a census is an exact count, the resources needed for an exact population count aren’t a wise use of agency time.
The department uses indexes compared to past years and long-term to track trends, which aren’t as intensive but provide a useful comparison and population estimate. Here is a look at what was found during the 2023 counts.

Here’s how the 2023 legislative session impacted game and fish laws in North Dakota

It’s hard to forget this past winter in North Dakota and its impact on fish, wildlife, hunters and anglers. While the recovery will slowly meld into the coming fall seasons, it’s important to realize the influence down the road.
In similar fashion, the state’s legislative session, which wrapped up around the same time the ice and snow was finally giving way to spring, passed bills that will change how you spend your time outdoors from now into the future.

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