2019 Brood Count: Behind the Numbers

By Nick Simonson   In recent years, the upper Midwest has faced its challenges impacting the populations of upland game species such as Hungarian partridge, sharptailed grouse and ringneck pheasants.  From the drought of 2017 hitting both North Dakota and South Dakota hard, to a long, snowy winter and equally wet spring and summer for…

Daily Edge for Sun. 9/22 – Super Sunday

AIR DRIED.  Sunday will bring calm, sunny and warmer conditions to the area after a monster system moved through early yesterday morning dropping several inches of rain and bringing flash flooding to some parts of ND.  We look at what’s ahead for the week, some great past hunting and a picture-perfect opportunity in our Outdoors…

Daily Edge for Sat. 9/21 – Feelin’ Ducky

SOAKER OF A SATURDAY.  Rain will be the highlight again today, along with wind as much of the day ends up doused and gusty, particularly the afternoon – great if you’re a duck hunter kicking off the season.  We tackle that and concerning reports of bird declines throughout the continent over the last half century…

Hunters Must Be Stewards, Policemen

By John Bradley Although most hunters respect the land, property, and wildlife they are hunting, there are always a few bad actors who do not and in the process give all hunters a bad name. Fall is the ideal time to remind hunters and all outdoor recreationists to be good stewards of the land and…

Daily Edge for Fri. 9/20 – Fish, Ducks & Cool Runnings

FUNCTIONAL FRIDAY.  We’ve got all the great information to keep your gears greased and cranking through today’s rain, from good initial fisheries survey reports for young-of-the-year fish, money for duck conservation and some fun runs on the horizon in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  In the thick of it.  A pair of late-hatch pheasant chicks…

Our Outdoors: Enjoy the Wow

By Nick Simonson   There are only three episodes in the current season of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood. Typically, PBS releases five or six installments at a time, and most seasons have at least 10 shows in an entire run. However, right now there’s only three, which for those parents like me looking for some soft-glow,…

Daily Edge for Thu. 9/19 – Cam Tips

TRAIL TALES.  While summer patterns may be breaking up – both in the weather and among local deer – trail cameras can help tell the story and continue to pattern those big bucks into and beyond the heart of the fall hunting season.  We cover three tips for the use of in-season trail cameras in…

Thoughts on Duck Opener

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. North Dakota’s duck season has an official beginning and end date. The last day, while officially designated on the calendar, typically falls sometime after freeze-up when most North Dakota-raised ducks and migrants from Canada have headed south. The opener, on the other hand, always has reason for anticipation. This year,…

Daily Edge for Wed. 9/18

WE’RE JACKED!  With a slight cool down from the last three days of summery sun and warm winds, it’ll be back to the field for grouse and – if the winds die off tonight – maybe a sit on stand.  We’ve got the latest words of warning and why you should wear a life jacket…

Daily Edge for Tue. 9/17 – Roundin’ Third

TOUCH ‘EM ALL TUESDAY.  The boys of summer will get the nod today as temps stay elevated, but we’re making the turn toward fall.  Enjoy today on the water as cooler conditions facilitate field activities starting tomorrow. We cover the bases as we check in on turkey tags, regional pheasant numbers and some “ultimate” deer…

Daily Edge for Mon. 9/16 – Warm Start

MONDAY MOVES.  Good news around the region as most upland numbers are up – including sharptailed grouse, which we link to as part of our Outdoors Roundup along with all the great autumn adventure on public lands.  It’ll be a tale of two halves as the heat continues today and tomorrow, but things cool toward…

Daily Edge for Sun. 9/15 – Wring It Out

THE WET THAT WAS.  A soaker of a week with a system that dropped more than 2 inches of rain across much of the state on Thursday capped off a wet stretch that is impacting hunters and harvesters in the field. While our drying out continues, we cover our recent rains and those impacts in…