ND Deer Herd Fared Well, Habitat Concerns Loom

By Nick Simonson North Dakota hunters will find more opportunities to pursue deer in the approaching 16 ½-day firearms hunting season set to begin at noon on Fri. Nov. 10, as populations fared somewhat well in the challenging winter conditions, and were not impacted by this summer’s drought conditions as much as other wildlife.  What…

Daily Edge for Fri. Oct. 13

OH LUCKY DAY!  For a Friday the 13th, things are looking spookily good, as you’ll have options for all forms of hunting.  Light breezes pick up throughout the day giving your dogs a good chance to get on scent, but if you’re fishing the chop will be ideal for those hungry late season walleyes with…

Daily Edge for Thu. Oct 12

WATCH YOUR STEP!  Especially that first one out the door this morning – it’s going to be gusty from the other direction, as northwest winds take over and cool us off.  With your head down against the gales, you might happen upon our star for the day – the prickly pear cactus.  It’s one of…

Daily Edge for Wed. Oct. 11

GOLDEN DAYS.  We’re in the final throes of fall color, and with many places dipping below freezing for a few hours last night, the first frost has set in for a good portion of North Dakota. Check out the reds, oranges, and yellows while you can and take advantage of one more warm autumn day…

Daily Edge for Tue. Oct. 10

ON THE TAIL TRAIL.  Despite lower numbers, good hunting can still be found.  Whether it’s pre-migration for ducks, or the midst of pheasant season, you never know what you’ll find.  So get out there, get after it and give it your best on all of the great opportunities ND has to offer! We talk hunting…

Locate & Confirm Deer Tags Now

NDG&F Press Release Now is the time to locate your deer license and check it for accuracy. Every year the North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s licensing section receives last-minute inquiries from hunters who can’t find their license. When that happens, it’s difficult to try to get a replacement license in time for the season…

Daily Edge for Mon. Oct. 9

WINDY WEEKEND.  The second day of pheasant season brought with it more winds and cooler temps, along with wiser birds.  All signs are pointing to lower numbers as reports from across the state are of mostly carry-over roosters from last season making up the majority of the take.  In northwestern ND, that was the case. …

Daily Edge for Sun. Oct. 8

DAY TWO!  Here’s hoping you found some birds out there yesterday.  Anecdotal reports are already showing that pheasants can be found throughout ND with a little legwork, and opener (despite the wind) was successful.  Today should be better in terms of wind, so knock a few more down and take advantage of all the great…

Past Year Puts People, Programs in Place for ND PF

By Nick Simonson Pheasant opener serves as a chance to look back on the year for many hunters, and for North Dakota’s Pheasants Forever (PF) staff even more so.  It’s a moment on the calendar to assess the progress made in the name of conservation, and review the relationships built across North Dakota between PF,…

Daily Edge for Sat. Oct. 7

GETTING BAD.  Okay, even with the wind, it’s still pheasant opener so we know you’re headed out this morning.  Remember, quiet, calm and catch them before they catch the wind! We get totally bad in today’s Three Things, and we’re not talking about Michael Jackson. (THEM’S THE BREAKS.  The badlands near Teddy Roosevelt National Park…

Survival of Wildlife is Amazing

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept. After the winter of 1996-97 – arguably the worst winter for resident wildlife in the last half century – I remember hearing upland game biologist Lowell Tripp, and wildlife division chief Randy Kreil, now both retired, repeat over and over again the basic fact that North Dakota was on the northern…

Daily Edge for Fri. Oct. 6

WE’RE ABOUT TO BLOW!  Relatively calm conditions persist through tonight, but a huge shift in the wind is coming for tomorrow’s Pheasant Opener as forecasts now add an extra 10 mph to the maximum gusts.  Hold on to your blaze orange hats!   We go potpourri in today’s Three Things. (WAITING ON WIND. Seeds hanging from…