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…

Part of the Ritual

By Nick Simonson In wrapping up a ruffed grouse trip in Northeastern Minnesota, I walked an old familiar trail in the woods north of Virginia. Known more to me for the scenery and less for the number of birds I had seen in the past, the trek always produced at least one opportunity, particularly in…

Safeguards in Place to Slow CWD Spread

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. The concern over chronic wasting disease, a fatal disease of the nervous system of deer and elk, often draws comparisons to the threat of introduction of zebra mussels or other aquatic nuisance species. While the disease and the mussels affect different parts of the natural world, one of the primary…

Five Bighorn Tags Issued

NDG&F Press Release The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is allocating five bighorn sheep licenses for the 2017 hunting season, three fewer than 2016. Two licenses are available in Unit B3 and two in B4. Also, one license, as authorized under North Dakota Century Code, was auctioned in spring by the Midwest Chapter of…

Stocking Just Part of Successful Fisheries

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. As a prairie kid in the 1980s, the image of a Game and Fish distribution truck backing up to a favorite small lake or reservoir and stocking fingerlings spawned day dreams of fishing memories to come. And I remember the local chatter revolving around what kind of fish and how…

Fall Brings Chance at Big Carry-Over Trout in ND

By Nick Simonson While hunting seasons get underway this month in North Dakota and the chill of autumn makes its presence felt, the cooling air of September also brings with it a unique and often overlooked opportunity to catch sizeable trout on the rise in certain waters of the state which were stocked earlier in…

PLOTS Guide Now Available

NDG&F Dept. Press Release The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Private Land Open To Sportsmen Guide for 2017 is now available online at the Game and Fish website, gf.nd.gov. In addition, PLOTS guides are available at most vendors throughout the state. The guide will feature about 737,000 PLOTS acres. Because the guide is printed in mid-August,…

Youth Outdoors Festival is Aug. 31 in Minot

NDG&F Press Release The North Dakota Game and Fish Department, local wildlife clubs and other sponsors will usher youngsters into fall during the annual Youth Outdoor Festival in Minot. The event is Thursday, Aug. 31 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Game and Fish Conservation and Outdoors Skills Park on the grounds of the…

The Quest for Velvet

By Nick Simonson With the turn of the calendar into September, hunters wake from their summer dreams of those giant bucks in the pictures on their trail cameras appearing in front of their stand and prepare to make those visions a reality. For many, the early season brings with it the challenge and the chance…

Dove Season Opens Sept. 1

NDG&F Press Release North Dakota’s dove season opens statewide Sept. 1, and hunters are reminded to register with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting. The daily limit is 15 and possession limit is 45. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset. The season is open through Nov. 29. All dove hunters must possess a…

Deer Archery Season Opens Sept. 1

NDG&F Press Release North Dakota’s deer archery season opens Friday, Sept. 1 at noon, and bowhunters are reminded that deer bow licenses and accompanying tags are only available through electronic purchase. Bowhunters can buy a license online at the state Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov; by calling 800-406-6409; or at vendors linked to the Game and Fish Department’s…