Our Outdoors: Four Weeks

By Nick Simonson In good springs and bad, snowy ones and warm ones, no matter how the kids come out of the final day of competition in the USA High School Clay Target League’s regular season, it’s the four weeks in between today’s end of the often chilly, windy, and trying eight weeks that make…

Exploring the Game Warden Position

By Doug Leier The 38 game wardens in North Dakota come from a variety of backgrounds and interests but each bring to the Game and Fish Department a special skill, talent and ability. Spending time at the Department’s booth at the Sportsman Show this winter I enjoyed the conversations with hunters, anglers, kids and those…

The Peluso Report: Explosive Fishing

By Mike Peluso Boom goes the dynamite if you are looking for action! Early this spring I was questioning if we had a population of smaller fish. Well, I’m here to tell you we do! Unfortunately, I fear these are older fish finding very little to eat and not growing much. The bigger fish in…

Our Outdoors: Here Comes the Sun(glasses)

By Nick Simonson It’s been a long mix of chilly winter and underwhelming spring.  Cold temperatures, snow, rain and general nastiness extending into May have built up a longing for the warmth of the later stretch of the season and the start of summer, and maybe with recent changes in the pattern, just possibly, that…

About That Year-Round Fishing Season

By Doug Leier The fishing opener for North Dakota was technically April 1. No fooling. Anglers fishing in North Dakota needed a new fishing license April 1, 2022 as the previous license expired March 31. It’s been that way for almost 30 years. The harvest of big fish in spring before walleye or northern pike…

The Peluso Report: Fast Forwarding

By Mike Peluso It is hard to believe the Big Muddy walleye tournament has come and gone already on the Missouri River this spring, but that’s probably because we never really had a spring. Lots of major weather events definitely got in the way. I feel good about how things played out. Even though I…

Pheasant Crowing Counts Underway

By Nick Simonson As spring finally settles in across the region, rooster pheasants are staking out their claim and managing their harem of hens in an annual ritual that fills the early morning air with the raspy call of competing cocks.  From the edges of sloughs, along budding shelterbelts, and into the beige grasses of…

2022 ND Deer Season Set; Tags Drop by 8,000

NDG&F Release North Dakota’s 2022 deer season is set, with 64,200 licenses available to hunters, down 8,000 from last year. In total, any-antlered licenses decreased by 150 from last year, any-antlerless by 350, antlered whitetail by 4,150, and antlerless whitetail by 3,700. Antlered mule deer licensed remained the same, and antlerless mule deer licenses increased…

Fishing Programs Highlight Multispecies Options

By Nick Simonson In an effort to provide anglers with more to fish for in North Dakota and encourage the use of expanding and varied fisheries resources, the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) has launched its 2022 Fish Challenge and is also in the annual process of stocking trout into various lakes and…

Our Outdoors: Gotta Catch ‘Em All

By Nick Simonson On the Pokemon cartoon series, there’s a character named Goh, whose ambition is simply to encounter and capture every single type of fighting creature in the Pokemon universe.  From the grub-like Weedle to the majestic azure legendary horse-like being Suicune and all sorts of different ones in between, that’s his only goal…

Anglers Should Be Aware of New Regulations

By Doug Leier  It was mid-March when the first open water fishing reports from the Missouri River started feeding the spring fishing frenzy of anglers. Some anglers have two months of fishing behind them, while others wait for Memorial Day weekend, signaling the kickoff of summer fishing.  First things first. There’s always time to review…

Fredericks on Fishing: Chamberlain Area Red Hot

By Jarrod Fredericks Having just returned from a National Walleye Tour event on the Missouri River in Chamberlain, S.D., I can say that the walleye bite on the Missouri River in that stretch is amazing.  Fish are in full spawn with lots of males milking and being caught in very shallow waters from one to…

Skilled SD Angler Jarrod Fredericks Joins DEO Team

DEO Release Dakota Edge Outdoors is teaming up with experienced South Dakota fishing guide and tournament angler Jarrod Fredericks to share the incredible multi-species fishing available to anglers in northeastern South Dakota.  An experienced outdoors communicator, Fredericks will share his take on walleye angling in the region, along with tips for other species on openwater…

The Peluso Report: The Big Muddy

By Mike Peluso It’s the week of the Big Muddy walleye tournament, which is always the pinnacle of the spring here on the Missouri River near Bismarck. It means a couple things to me. First off, I wasn’t allowed to fish it for the first 10 years of its existence, and I sure wish I…

The Texas Rig

By Nick Simonson When spring eventually arrives, and it will, the time for big bass will be upon us.  Whether it’s largemouth staking out the dark-bottomed shallows of a backwater bay for their ideal spawning site, or smallmouth holing up on a cleared gravelly patch against a stack of timber placed by recent floodwaters, both…

Five Flies for Stocked Trout

By Nick Simonson Throughout the upper Midwest, stocking trucks will be hitting area waters with this season’s set of rainbow, brown, and other species of trout, providing anglers a unique opportunity which may only exist naturally in those flows a half day’s drive away. While targeting stocked trout in pits, ponds and small impoundments may…

Our Outdoors: Great Debates

By Nick Simonson In the outdoors, there are always points of contention among anglers, hunters and just about anyone else with an opinion on anything that swims, flies, or falls for a lure or decoy. I’m not talking about the testifying in front of the legislature type of interactions, or the courtroom conservation battles handled…

The Peluso Report: Remember to Forget

By Mike Peluso It’s been a spring to remember on the Missouri River in the sense that it’ll be tough to forget, no matter how much I might want to. Thinking back, I can only recall two days so far this season, since the river opened up on Mar. 19, where it was nice out….

Cool Deer Gear for a Good Cause

DEO Release In partnership with Crush Life Gear, Dakota Edge Outdoors is proud to offer North Dakota Deer Crossing gear to help raise funds for the Ethan Grove Scholarship Program. A hilarious spoof of a standard deer crossing sign, the North Dakota Deer Crossing design shows off just how big our bucks can get and…

Blizzard Likely Spared Most Big Game

By Nick Simonson While a new socking of snow looms on the horizon for western North Dakota this weekend, it’s likely that last week’s blizzard which dropped 15, 20, and in some places more than 30 inches of snow had limited impact on most big game species in the region.  According to Brett Wiedmann, Big…

Other Plans

By John Bradley I was going to write about a successful North Dakota spring turkey hunt. Hiking out into the badlands, the first camping trip of the year, and turkeys gobbling from their roost. I would have told you how I closed the distance, made a few notes on my call and that a tom came…

Our Outdoors: It’s Terminal

By Nick Simonson In the process of fishing, I’ve seen a good deal and done a lot of it. I’ve read a ton, watched some more, and through trial-and-error learned quite a bit, but most days it feels like it’s never enough. Through that trial-and-error with new ideas, patterns, and processes, I trade frustration for…

ND Deer Hunter Success Drops in 2021

NDG&F Release A total of 57,086 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 32,793 deer during the 2021 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 72,200 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 57 percent, with each hunter spending…

Slight Tweak In Paddlefish Snagging Regs this Spring

By Doug Leier May conjures up images of the first meadowlark on the prairie, stray migrating snow geese and spring turkey season wrapping up. We’ll also likely spot the first brood of Canada geese and find a few ticks to remove from you or your dog. May 1 every year marks the start of North…

The Peluso Report: Mud Watch

By Mike Peluso So, we dug out of this late spring snow here in Bismarck. We got anywhere from 18 to 20 inches of snow, but to the north and west of the Missouri River, they received a lot more. Now, as I wake up this Easter morning and look out my window, we are…

NDBA Leads the Way for Bowhunters

By Darrel Belisle Way back in 1952, in the back room of a small café, a few dedicated archers wanted to get an archery deer season established in North Dakota. The first goal that these want-to-be-bowhunters needed to accomplish was to establish a coalition which could represent their interests at the state legislative assembly. Through…

Our Outdoors: Hard Work

By Nick Simonson There’s chilly, and then there’s spring fishing on the Missouri River chilly.  No matter how I’ve fished it in the past couple of years, that stretch in March and April when the walleyes start to move on the flow provides its own unique challenges.  The wind seems to always be blowing upstream,…

CWD Becoming More Common

By Doug Leier Through continued news cycles we hear more and more about chronic wasting disease today. Even so, there are likely people still not familiar with the disease and others who haven’t taken the time to stay current and may have some questions. What is chronic wasting disease? Chronic wasting disease is a progressive,…

The Peluso Report: What’s Next

By Mike Peluso If you are watching the weather closely, it is looking like we may have a major setback to fishing on the Missouri River starting this Tuesday. Reports are early, but Bismarck seems to be in the storm’s bullseye at the moment. Anywhere from 12 to 25 inches of snow is being tossed…

Five Flies for Spring Crappies

By Nick Simonson Springtime is crappie time, and for fly anglers it is perhaps one of the best windows of the year to get on some serious slabs as they stage for the spawn or make their moves up into the shallows.  Five flies shine in getting the job done as waters warm and those…