Deer Lottery Held, Licenses Remain

NDG&F Dept. Release North Dakota’s deer gun lottery has been held and individual results are available online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov. Chief of administrative services Kim Kary said moving to an online lottery has resulted in reducing the time between the application deadline and the lottery run date. “It’s a major benefit…

Daily Edge 6/25 – Boat Safely

SAFETY CHECK.  With the busy Independence Holiday just around the corner, and water traffic picking up as the temperatures do, it’s important to take stock of safe procedures on the water and have all the gear needed in case of emergency.  We look at that and more in our Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  Jack It. …

Breeding Duck Numbers Up Significantly

NDG&F Release The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 72nd annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of 3.4 million birds, up 20 percent from last year. Migratory game bird supervisor Mike Szymanski said the index was the 22nd highest on record and stands 40 percent above the long-term (1948-2018) average. “Breeding duck…

Daily Edge 6/24 – Fun with Panfish

IN THE PAN.  Panfish provide fast summer fishing for anglers young and old.  We have some quick tips to maximize success and keep bobbers going up and down as part of our Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo: Plentiful panfish.  Find fun with sunnies and bluegills this time of year from the boat, the shore or a…

Daily Edge 6/23 – Onward & Upward

UP & AWAY!  The first full week of summer looks to be a beauty with high temperatures climbing out of the 70s and up toward the 90s by next weekend.  We take a look at conditions ahead and get a feel for flowing water and growing antlers in our Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  A buck…

A One-Two Punch for Summer Smallies

By Nick Simonson   As the water warms and smallmouth bass slip into summer patterns, a good search-and-target process will help better connect anglers with bronzebacks.  Utilizing a fast-moving spinnerbait will cover likely areas quickly and can entice some summertime strikes from brown bass.  However, when fish chase and nip at these offerings, having a…

Daily Edge 6/22 – Warming Trends

ALL DOWNHILL.   We’ve passed the summer solstice and are headed for a week of warming as we coast into the season.  We cover a long-billed bird, a long-snouted fish and our long awaited return to heat in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  Summer Colors.  Get trolling with a few new rolls of spinners.  Simonson Photo….

Getting a Feel for Walleyes

By Nick Simonson   Summer fishing success often depends on finding those locations where walleyes are feeding, cruising and schooling.  Detecting those prime pieces of underwater real estate comes down to a matter of feel, and keeping contact with the bottom is a great way to identify those transition areas from sand or mud to…

Daily Edge 6/21 – Solstice

HAPPY SUMMER!  Welcome to the first day of the warm weather season!  While it might not feel like it today, things will get going into the weekend and next week, just in time to fire it up for the Fourth.  We go around the horn in our Outdoors Roundup with solstice facts, a shooting range…

Our Outdoors: Kids These Days

By Nick Simonson   Kids these days! There’s nothing they can’t destroy from any angle and they do it no matter the conditions: in the rain, in the wind, and in the sun, it just doesn’t seem to matter.  When they’re not actively smashing something, they’re talking in hushed tones among their little groups of…

Daily Edge 6/20 – Bringing the Big

BIG WEEKEND. We’re already in Friday mode as we look ahead to some big shooting and fishing events set for an exciting three-day stretch.  Those big shows along with some big spending for conservation fill up our Outdoors Roundup for the day. Featured Photo: Getting Bigger. A pair of growing goslings follow the lead of…

Daily Edge 6/19 – Pollinators, Posturing & Pick Up

DUST DOWN.  It’ll be a stretch of damp days heading into the back half of the week, which will keep the flowers growing.  That’s good for our pollinator friends, which we cover in today’s Outdoors Roundup along with a love-drunk deer and some tips for keeping public lands clean. Featured Photo:  Fuzzy Buzzy.  A bumblebee…