Figuring Out Followers

By Nick Simonson It’s a jungle out there.  Every man for himself.  Greed is good.  These mantras aptly describe the competitive drive in the world around us; natural laws that even mankind hasn’t rid from our collective psyche after millennia of becoming civilized.  Whether it is in big business or the food web, one thing…

Capital City Lady Birds are ND’s First All-Female PF Chapter

By Nick Simonson There’s a new Pheasants Forever (PF) chapter in North Dakota, and it’s capitalizing on the excitement and involvement of the growing population of female hunters.  The Capital City Lady Birds are the first all-female chapter of the Habitat Organization in the Peace Garden State, and with 25 charter members gaining official recognition…

Baits for Both Bass

By Nick Simonson Bass are beginning to make their moves across the region and as warm days ebb and flow, both largemouth and smallmouth can be found staging for the spawn.  As they stake out their nesting sites, they’ll be on the lookout for food as well and offerings from stickbaits to soft plastics will…

Good Netmen Save the Day

By Nick Simonson It’s playoff hockey season and while the Minnesota Wild may be out of competition, some great goalies are keeping their teams in the mix as Lord Stanley’s Cup awaits after a long, cold road.  Truly memorably hockey teams are anchored by excellent goaltenders, just like a truly great fishing experience is sealed…

Tackle & Tactics for Springtime Slabs

By Nick Simonson One fish that is synonymous with fast springtime angling is the crappie.  Once they are found in the back of some warmwater bay getting ready for the spawn, the fishing can be fast and some of the biggest specks of the season can be caught with a few of the simplest presentations. …

Spring Selections for Smallies

By Nick Simonson As ice breaks loose from area lakes and rivers and those stretches of two-to-three days of clear, warm conditions start spurring fish movement, smallmouth bass wake from a near-dormant winter state and start staging to head into the shallows and beget the next generation. While they won’t spawn until water temperatures typically…

Paddlefish Snagging Starts May 1

NDG&F Press Release North Dakota’s 2018 paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through May 21. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department. Legal snagging hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily….

ND PF Looks to Women for Future of Conservation

By Nick Simonson With upcoming events targeting women hunters and conservationists, the ladies at the helm of the North Dakota Pheasants Forever (ND PF) organization are looking to tap into a growing demographic of outdoors enthusiasts and launch a women-only chapter in the Peace Garden State to reflect the growing dynamic not only in the…

Common Licensing Questions

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. In 2015, the North Dakota Legislature passed a law that required the State Game and Fish Department to develop an all-electronic licensing system and phase out the old paper license books. That went into effect April 1, 2016. Another part of that plan was to eventually phase out paper applications…

Devils Lake Walleye Population Strong Headed into Spring

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. The days continue to add minutes of sunlight, the spring turkey application deadline is past, and before you know it spring open-water fishing will be the hot topic.   Before the first email or call regarding some form of question or suggestion on special regulations for Devils Lake, here’s insight…

Winter Spares ND Wildlife Thus Far

By Nick Simonson Halfway through winter, sportsmen are keeping their fingers crossed that the relatively temperate conditions and low snow totals will continue into spring after a 2017 that taxed many species of game in the state both with a cold, snowy winter and a drought-stricken summer.  With very little snow cover coming into February,…

Improved Ice Conditions Set Up in N.D.

By Nick Simonson With the cold snap over the holiday season, ice anglers around the region were delighted with the improvement in ice conditions and thickness, but the sub-zero highs on some days kept many of them off the water during that stretch.  With last weekend’s warm-up, anglers were able to get back out and…