Fit for Fall, Part 2 – Big Game, Bigger Prep

By Nick Simonson As fall progresses, hunters’ eyes will shift west over the plains and into the badlands of both North and South Dakota for a shot at a monster mule deer, or for some, a trip of a lifetime hunting elk in rugged, mountainous places like Montana or Colorado.  With the change in topography…

ND Businessman Helps Hunters Find Their TRAX

By Nick Simonson Drawing on nearly two decades of technology experience and a love of the outdoors, Korey Kirschenmann, owner of Kirsch’s Outdoor Products in Fargo, has created a tool for hunters, anglers and outdoors enthusiasts which keeps them on the right track to enjoying their favorite pastimes. However, it wasn’t the commercial viability of…

Fit for Fall, Part 1 – Train to Your Game

By Nick Simonson Upland hunting provides a good level of challenge for hunters who are not used to trekking over uneven ground and putting in miles after their favorite pursuits.  Whether it’s pheasants, sharptails or partridge, covering distance and working through various habitat types in North Dakota presents a physical challenge each fall which may…

G&F History

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. My years of experience and work as a biologist and former game warden usually give me a head start when I get questions on a variety of topics, but when I don’t know the answer, my first stop is the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website at gf.nd.gov. Recently…

Rise of the Mechanicals

By Nick Simonson With North Dakota’s archery season fast approaching, many hunters are preparing their bows and related equipment for the Sept. 1 opener.  While most hunters have a set of gear they’re happy with – from their bow and quiver to their sight and stabilizer – one variable that is always on the minds…

Hot Bite Continues as Sakakawea Drawdown Begins

By Nick Simonson Following a heavier than normal snowpack this winter in the mountains which feed the Missouri River system, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (COE) will begin a late-summer drawdown of Lake Sakakawea, which will drop the elevation of the reservoir from a forecasted height of 1,846.3 feet at the end of July…

Bluegill Opportunities Expand in ND

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. Ask an angler with his friends or co-workers within earshot what his three favorite North Dakota fishing targets and you’ll likely hear walleye, walleye and walleye. But bluegill? Likely not in the first casts of most campfire conversations. But maybe they should be. “I think it’s safe to say, in terms…

N.D. Pronghorn Season Set, Lottery Opens Jul. 20

NDG&F Press Release North Dakota’s 2017 pronghorn hunting season is set, with 410 licenses available in five open units. Bruce Stillings, big game management supervisor for the state Game and Fish Department, said the recently completed aerial survey indicated the pronghorn population is down 14 percent from last year. “Numbers were a bit disappointing, but…

Fur Harvester Classes Scheduled

NDG&F Press Release The North Dakota Cooperative Fur Harvester Education Program is sponsoring two fur harvester education classes for anyone interested in trapping or hunting furbearers. Courses in Bismarck and Jamestown are set for Aug. 22, 24 and 26. Courses are free and take 16 hours to complete over a three-day period. Students will learn…

Record Number of Walleyes Stocked in N.D.

NDG&F Press Release North Dakota Game and Fish Department fisheries personnel are wrapping up a record year for stocking of walleye fingerlings in more than 130 waters across the state. Jerry Weigel, fisheries production and development supervisor, said more than 12 million fingerlings were stocked, besting the previous high by more than 1 million fish….

Summer Roundup

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. Down time doesn’t exist for hunting, fishing and outdoors news and notes, so this week I’ll feature some important news and reminders from the last month or so. Waterfowl hunters should note the 70th annual North Dakota Game and Fish Department spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an…

Advancements Aid C&R Fishing

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. I’ve always preferred simple tackle for fishing – bobbers, jigs, spoons and hooks – though I’m not categorically against using the latest legal tools and technology. I call it low impact angling. Some call it bobbers and worms. Whatever you declare, it’s more about enjoying fish and less about trophy…