Tip-Up Tactics for Pike

By Nick Simonson Upon my return to North Dakota, while sorting through bins, chests and buckets full of odds and ends from the move, I found a black mesh cylinder with a zipper top. I opened it and turned it over, and three orange tip-ups slid out of the container, each still with leaders and…

Shift In Weather Gives Time to Assess Ice Safety

By Nick Simonson With Thanksgiving Day temperatures touching 70, and much of the region forecast to be well above average for the next few days with both highs and lows above freezing, hardwater anglers will have to wait it out for good ice, after many experienced a successful first foray following a cold start to…

A Warden’s Perspective on a Changing Landscape

By Nick Simonson For North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) District Game Warden Corey Erck of Bismarck, the job of patrolling, investigating and assisting hunters and anglers throughout his area is an extension of his love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors.  The job, and the gear that goes with it, along with outdoors…

Starting a CTL Team – Part 3, Recruitment & Readiness

By Nick Simonson With community support and the green light from the affiliated high school, the real fun of setting up a North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) team begins.  Beyond the point-and-click and fill-in-the-blank processes of getting started at the ND CTL website, there are a number of tasks to…

Fall Advisory Board Meetings Set

NDG&F Press Release Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to attend a North Dakota Game and Fish Department fall advisory board meeting in their area. These public meetings, held each spring and fall, provide citizens with an opportunity to discuss fish and wildlife issues and ask questions of their district advisors and agency personnel. The governor appoints…

History of the Half Day

By Nick Simonson Like most states in the upper Midwest, North Dakota’s firearms deer season is designed to span the most likely stretch of the rutting period, which usually happens during the month of November.  However, unlike a lot of those states, North Dakota’s season is 16-and-a-half-days long.  In Minnesota, the season is 16 days,…

Starting a CTL Team – Part 2, School Sponsorship

By Nick Simonson With the funding and conservation club support in place to start a Clay Target League (See Part 1 of this Series) team for youth in your area, the next task in our series can often seem to be the most challenging.  Whether it’s concerns with public presentation, or not being able to…

What Is Dead May Never Die

By Nick Simonson The chill of the near Halloween night had left a layer of ice on the small feeder creek which led down to the lake at the center of a small Wildlife Management Area.  The cold, still air amplified the crackle and snap of each footstep of my young lab, Ole and I…

ID Number Required on Equipment

NDG&F Dept. Press Release Hunters, trappers and anglers are reminded that an equipment registration number, or the individual’s name, address and telephone number, must be displayed on all equipment requiring identification. Identification must be attached to cable devices that are set on either private or public land, and on fish houses left unattended on the…

Starting a CTL Team – Part 1, Funding

By Nick Simonson As the fall season of the North Dakota State High School Clay Target League (ND CTL) draws to a close, the excitement for the sport is only beginning to ramp up.  Over the past four years, participation in the neighboring Minnesota league has nearly tripled, from 3,600 shooters in 2013 to 11,400…

Bighorn Hunters Beat the Odds

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. Thousands of North Dakota big game hunters are starting to count the days until their season opens in the coming weeks. Most have their sights set on the annual unofficial holiday that is opening day of deer gun season on Nov. 10, but a handful have perhaps a bit more…

Pheasants in a Pinch

By Nick Simonson Leading up to this weekend’s North Dakota Pheasant Opener, targeting classic areas will be key to bagging birds and producing a memorable hunt. The winding creek bottoms common throughout the state provide repeated and alternating pinch points that concentrate birds, and with the right pressure, force them into the air.  Knowing how…