The Peluso Report: Final Openwater Report

By Mike Peluso It’s a broken record, I know, and I can’t argue this at all. I said probably three fishing reports ago I was going make the switch over to ice fishing. Well, that hasn’t happened quite yet, but looking out my window this morning it’s definitely ice fishing season. I was supposed to…

A Close Approximation

By Nick Simonson There’s a theory out there on how the world will end, and it’s called “grey goo.”  The idea is that sometime in the far distant future, the planet is overrun by self-replicating microscopic robots that humanity created for one benevolent purpose or another, which ultimately get out of our control.  In the…

State Unveils Meadowlark Initiative

NDG&F Release The North Dakota Game and Fish Department announces a new statewide strategy that will team landowners, conservation groups, scientists, and others to enhance, restore and sustain native grasslands in North Dakota. The vision of the Meadowlark Initiative, named after the state’s iconic, yet declining Western meadowlark, is to promote and create healthy, thriving grasslands…

Darkhouse Spearfishing Has Staying Power

By Doug Leier We are a hearty bunch. When temperatures drop 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 now is the wait for darkhouse spearfishing. When the first spearing season opened there was a set…

The Peluso Report: On Repeat

By Mike Peluso It’s a little bit of a repeat from last week’s fishing report. For you diehard ice fishermen, things are starting to happen. For you diehard open water fishermen, things are still happening. This week I found myself checking a few smaller bodies of water up and around the Devils Lake area. Things…

The Late Late Show

By Nick Simonson The internet coming along was one of the best things to happen to me, and not just for looking up Simpsons quotes and confirming my hunches with Wikipedia.  Going to bed at a standard 8:30 or 9:00 pm each night, even on the weekends, precluded me from seeing some of the funniest…

Our Outdoors: Back on Schedule

By Nick Simonson “We now return you to your regularly scheduled program!” Whether it was Bozo the Clown before school or Saturday morning cartoons, when interrupted by a breaking news story or weather alert, those nine words were a relief during my childhood that no matter what was happening in the world or on the…

Be Ice Aware This Time of Year

NDG&F Dept. Release Outdoor enthusiasts are reminded to be aware of early ice conditions before traveling onto and across North Dakota waters. A few reminders include: Edges firm up faster than farther out from shore. Snow insulates ice, which in turn inhibits solid ice formation, hiding cracks, weak and open water areas. Ice can form…

Making Night Right for Coyotes

By Doug Leier Night hunting of coyote and fox has been an often-discussed topic the last several years. Some hunters have embraced new technologies, such as night vision and thermal imaging equipment, that give hunters an advantage over the nocturnal predators they enjoy pursuing.  Other coyote and fox hunting enthusiasts believe those technologies go beyond fair  chase and…

The Peluso Report: A Shore Thing

By Mike Peluso We have had a decent week of weather. A few guys have been out probing both the open and frozen waters. I’m not quite ready to venture out on the ice. I do so much ice fishing starting mid-December and running into mid-March, that I’ll wait until it’s thick enough for the…

The Womb of Time

By John Bradley I decided to slip out of work early Friday and hunt the opener. I knew that there would be a fair number of hunters who had the same idea, but I thought the little tract of PLOTS where I had hunted last year would be unoccupied, boy was I wrong. When I…

Save the Best for Last

By Nick Simonson While referred to in some crowds as “desperation weekend,” the final three-day stretch of the North Dakota firearms deer season can often be the very best as changing environmental conditions, increased rut activity and decreased pressure on the landscape can align to provide some excellent hunting.  Don’t give up hope or fall…

Our Outdoors: Seen & Unseen

By Nick Simonson I’ve often wondered if I could give up hunting and just fish or give up fishing and just hunt.  I’m most often stuck with that thought as I sit peacefully in my deer stand up from a small lake and listen to the last anglers of the season drop their boats off…

Game Care from Field to Fork

By Doug Leier My neighbor taught me another new word. Locavore. I wasn’t sure if it was in Websters or if it was slang. But the meaning hit home. There’s a growing interest in fishing, hunting or even planting food on your own. Securing it “locally.” Maybe it was grown in your own garden or…

The Peluso Report: Mixed Walleyes Staying Shallow

By Mike Peluso I know our open water days are limited. The long-range forecast does have a couple nice days in there, but it’s definitely turning colder and my brain is slowly shifting to the hard water season. The walleyes are still biting on the Missouri River however. It seems the fish are really mixed…

Camo & Blaze Orange

By Nick Simonson There couldn’t be a harder choice Hunting this time of year To choose between my favorite patterns To chase pheasants, ducks or deer To pick from all the options Of blaze orange and camo Is about as easy as telling you My favorite guns and ammo There’s shadowgrass for swamp hunts And…

Our Outdoors: For Flock’s Sake

By Nick Simonson There is nothing more surprising on an upland hunt than to wander into a draw or to the edge of a stretch of grass and watch a covey of grouse or a group of pheasants rise en masse, wings whirring over their warning calls issued in the moment of excitement.  Likewise, there…

The Peluso Report: River All the Way

By Mike Peluso Into the start of November, fishing remains good to decent on the Missouri River near Bismarck. Walleyes are slowly making it closer to Bismarck. Remember with the low water, it’s river all the way down past Beaver Bay now. This really changes the game. Fish of all sizes and variety are being…

As EHD Wanes in Western ND, CWD Threat Rises in East

By Nick Simonson North Dakota’s deer hunters breathed a collective sigh of relief last week, much of which could be seen in the air outdoors as temperatures dropped down into the lower teens and even the single digits in some portions of the state. The first hard frost of the fall coming with those temperatures…

There Used to be Snow

By Nick Simonson Driving back from a buddy’s backyard range, I glanced at the dash thermometer of my truck. The digital readout displayed the late afternoon high of 61 degrees.  In the calm conditions which were ideal for our final sight in of the season, it was almost hot, especially in comparison to the cold…

CWD Surveillance Starts in Deer Unit 2B

NDG&F Release Following Wednesday’s announcement from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources of a suspected case of chronic wasting disease in a wild deer southwest of Climax, Minn., the state Game and Fish Department is increasing its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance efforts to include Unit 2B in eastern North Dakota. Hunters in deer gun Unit 2B are…

Grunt Work

By Nick Simonson The sound of a grunting buck can send a shiver of anticipation up any hunter’s spine.  What was a calm sit in a tree stand can quickly become an adrenaline rush of epic proportions.  Whether it’s a low tending vocalization to a nearby doe, or something more aggressive toward another buck (whether…

Our Outdoors: Little Challenges

By Nick Simonson When it comes to the outdoors, I’m not a huge traveler.  I find contentment and more importantly, excitement, close to home with the opportunities I have nearby.  Whether that’s plying the breaklines for walleyes, casting to rising trout on a stocked lake, or working public parcels with my dog for pheasants, much…

Our Outdoors: That One Gun

By Nick Simonson For an uplander, there’s nothing more reassuring than a trusted shotgun.  For me, it remains a super light 20 gauge that shoulders easily, swings smoothly, and more often than not, connects with my target.  The familiar crook between trigger guard and checkered wood grip where my hand tenses up as a bird…

NDG&F: 2021 Deer Season Q&A

NDG&F Release Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department receives questions from deer hunters who want to clarify rules and regulations. Some common questions are listed below. Hunters with further questions are encouraged to visit the Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov., or call 701-328-6300, from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays. I have…

The Peluso Report: Fall Feed Starting on Missouri River

By Mike Peluso I commented earlier this week about the condition of the fish on the Missouri River and the fish are definitely on the skinny side. The good news is the water temperatures are falling and these fish should begin to feed heavily. We finally experienced our first hard frost of the fall. This…

Deer Hunters Must Adapt to Posting Changes

By Doug Leier While some hunters have been in the field enjoying dove, waterfowl and upland game hunting opportunities, there’s many hunters who just hunt deer and the new electronic posting regulations may not be understood. It’s difficult to address each question and scenario so I suggest taking time to understand the regulations and reading…

Crossing Safely

By John Bradley On a recent road trip back from Denver, after exhausting all my podcast downloads and Spotify playlists, boredom struck, and in desperation to stay awake, I decided to count roadkill. I’ve always called out game when driving, pointing out deer, antelope, or pheasants, while often annoying my passengers, but never roadkill. This…

Our Outdoors: Problems with Plastic

By Nick Simonson I’ve come to despise plastic. I guess not all plastic, just the plastic that gets in the way of enjoying the outdoors and the aesthetics of being in places where plastic shouldn’t be. Like all things in this life, it’s a harsh duality and a battle of rationalization along a fine line…

The Peluso Report: Cold Snap

By Mike Peluso It’s been a rough week weather wise. I did fish one day on Sakakawea and one day on the Missouri River near Bismarck. I’ll start with Lake Sakakawea out of Indian Hills Resort. We had a ton of wind and our first cold snap of the season. We marked a ton of…