Daily Edge for Wed. 12/11 – Cold Couple

HUMP DAY.  Make it through today and things start to warm up toward the weekend.  Don’t get too comfortable as another cold bump comes on Saturday.  We check out the ice today and reports from a North Dakota insider with the US FWS in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  First Dog.  DEO celebrates the life…

Daily Edge for Tue. 12/10 – Look Up

SKYTALKER.  Following Thanksgiving’s cool display of the crescent moon, Venus and Jupiter aligning in the sky we’ve got another light show planned for this week with the Geminids meteors peaking.  We cover that and more on what’s influencing our night skies in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  Aligned.  The crescent moon and Venus shine in…

Daily Edge for Mon. 12/9 – Diggin’ It

COVER UP.  Surprisingly significant snow has fallen as part of a fast-moving system.  With it, wildlife will be entering winter survival mode, relying on heavy cover across the region to get through the chilly stretch to come.  We cover those options and more in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  CAT CALL.  Cattails provide excellent upland…

Daily Edge for Sun. 12/8 – Snowy Swipe

CLIPPED.  An Alberta Clipper gains steam and targets a smile-shaped swath of the upper Midwest with snow today and tomorrow.  We’ve got a look at next week’s conditions, tips for those signing up for CRP and a quick rust check in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  FLAG!  Make sure tip-ups are ready to go! Simonson…

All Eyes on Early Ice Crappies

By Nick Simonson   Of note on crappies of both stripes, or specks as it were, are their large eyes.  Both white and black crappies have enormous peepers mounted at the front of their heads, and they use them to target their prey in both summer and winter.  Capitalizing on this dominant sense is an…

Daily Edge for Sat. 12/7 – Around the Horn

A DANDY!  A super Saturday is on tap for all your outdoor activities as light southerly winds will set up great upland hunts and warm temperatures will facilitate on-ice movement.  We go around the region with news on our state’s ice and updates on hunting and fishing in neighboring jurisdictions as part of our Outdoors…

PF Farm Bill Biologist Program Tops 150 Specialists, Reaches 30 States

By Nick Simonson   Known as the Habitat Organization, Pheasants Forever (PF) has played a major role in acquiring and opening land to the public in the form of Wildlife Management Areas and Waterfowl Production Areas throughout the upper Midwest.  However, in light of an ever-changing commodities market, increasing acre caps under the Conservation Reserve…

Daily Edge for Fri. 12/6 – Friday Focused

AT WEEK’S END!  Congrats – you made it to Friday!  A nice pair of days is setting up for hunters, ice anglers and anyone in the outdoors, with mild temps, moderate winds and good conditions. We cover what’s ahead, more ice fishing news and the big word on CRP signup in our Outdoors Roundup. Featured…

Daily Edge for Thu. 12/5 – Big Chill

CHILL AHEAD.  While the weekend will be nice, next week’s dip into the deep freeze will be another story.  On the bright side, when we come out of it, ice should be thicker, sloughs should be frozen and we’ll be well set up for the start of winter!  We cover that and more in today’s…

Spearing Stats

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. I’m often amazed at the raw pure connection to the outdoors enjoyed by many of my friends and co-workers. When the temperature drops and the ice begins to form, it doesn’t signal the end to spending time hunting and fishing. It’s just a transition. One of those transitions taking place…

Daily Edge for Wed. 12/4 – Kickin’ It

TALKING BOOTS.  The late season can provide a challenge for upland walkers, and those lace-up boots can take a beating in the snow, ice and super wet areas we’re seeing around the region this time of year.  In today’s Outdoors Roundup, we give you some guidelines to help make them last through this chilly stretch…

Daily Edge for Tue. 12/3 – Second Glance

LOOKING WAY AHEAD.  While things are nice in the near term for some late season hunting or early ice fishing, we look a ways down the road at next year’s openers along with some concerning upland news to the east and catch a glimpse of a creepy carp in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  Big…