Our Outdoors: As Access Goes

By Nick Simonson The preservation of outdoor opportunities and the continuation of the traditions of hunting and fishing in North Dakota are sustained by three things: 1) the people who use and conserve hunting and fishing opportunities; 2) the habitat necessary to provide populations of fish and wildlife; and 3) perhaps most important in the…

Daily Edge for Tue. Jan. 22

DIG IN.  Or is that dig out?  Light snow accumulations over the last 48 hours might have you doing some clean up around home and the ice shack, and our roller coaster continues into the coming day. We hunker down with a hearty recipe in today’s Outdoor Dish.   Featured Photo: A Real ND Slice. …

Daily Edge for Sun. Jan. 20

ON WATCH.  We’re watching the weather and legislation as we tie up some more lures on a blustery January day. We talk about those topics and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo: Box of Fun.  Blades, beads, bodies and hooks are set for an epic afternoon of lure making. Simonson Photo.   WEATHER…

Dressed for Success

By Nick Simonson For a quick-tying and fun addition to any lure with a treble hook, such as a crankbait, in-line spinner or  spoon, that also ups the odds for catching fish, dressing a few spare treble hooks in colors that set various species off and seal the deal when they come in for a…

Mid-Ice Tips & Tricks

By Nick Simonson As we settle into the heart of ice season and the challenges of the middle stretch come to be, there are some little changes that can help up the odds of success and make things easier, when conditions might conspire to make fishing tougher.  What follows are a few tips, tweaks and…

Daily Edge for Fri. Jan. 18

STEP-BY-STEP. We’re working our way through the heart of winter and taking care of those tasks to wrap up fall and get ready for spring.  We talk about that and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  Light snow overnight holds dog tracks on an early morning walk…before the wind fills them back in….

Our Outdoors: New Winter Excitement

By Nick Simonson   It used to be that the middle of January was a dead time for me, a melding together of quiet post-holiday nights ticking away in front of the tying bench punctuated by frantic weekend searches for perch or walleyes on hardwater in an attempt to overcome the slowing mid-ice bite, all…

Daily Edge for Thu. Jan. 17

SEEING RED.  Nah, we’re not mad (unless things stay cloudy) as we turn our eyes to the skies in preparation for this weekend’s lunar event and talk about staying warm as things turn cold in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  The Super Wolf Blood Moon is coming, watch for a red-shaded lunar eclipse on…

Daily Edge for Wed. Jan. 16

WHAT WINTER?  Just kidding, but still things have been surprisingly mild.  Temps dip today and tomorrow and head for a weekend slide, when we might touch zero again.  In the meantime, we review our WSI score as we sneak our way to the middle of January.   Featured Photo:  There’s not much snow on the…

Daily Edge for Tue. Jan. 15

TUMBLIN’ TUESDAY. Yesterday’s warmth will fade on northwest breezes as we dip into a bit of a trough for a few days.  We talk trauma, records and the difference in the species we see in today’s Three Things. Featured Photo: Soak It In.  A rooster and two hen pheasants find warmth on an open, south-facing…

Daily Edge for Mon. Jan. 14

COATED.  Watch as calm conditions, low clouds and temps in the 20s set up an ideal scenario for frost deposits on the landscape.  It won’t last long as Tuesday’s winds will move things around.  We take a look at the week ahead and catch up on a coating of a different kind in today’s Three…

Daily Edge for Sun. Jan. 13

WARM SHOT.  We stop short of saying hot, but relatively speaking it will be nice as temps approach 30 today.  We brace for a cold smack later this week by thinking about spring and planning for CTL with some tips, funding ideas and more in today’s Three Things.   Featured Photo:  Aiming for Spring.  A…