Circle Up

By Nick Simonson   In the era of catch-and-release a number of tools have come to the forefront in ensuring the successful turn back of big fish to be caught again: rubberized nets, mesh cradles, and elongated needle nose pliers help make short work of landing, caring for and releasing fish while limiting damage to…

Daily Edge for Fri. 5/15 – May Midway

CONSERVATION ROUNDUP.  Efforts around the state, country and continent are constantly working to preserve habitat, protect creatures and learn more about the magic of migratory animals.  We’ve got insights on all three in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  GREENING UP.  Spring takes on a new hue as vegetation greens up. Simonson Photo. WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):…

Our Outdoors: On Guard

By Nick Simonson   Spring brings with it the first trips out into a greening countryside.  Whether sneaking off to a favorite shore fishing spot or hanging up some trail cameras to catch the first glimpses of a buck caught on a memory card, spring adventures often set anglers and hunters up against flora and…

Daily Edge for Thu. 5/14 – On the Move

GETTING THERE.  We’re still waiting on a real spring as conditions muddle around with winds and overcast skies – it better hurry, it’s almost Memorial Day and the unofficial start to summer!   We’ve got updates on traditions still rolling with some modifications, a survey season lost and what to expect for your weekend fishing trips…

Online Hunter Ed Helps Recruit in Time of Covid-19

By Doug Leier, NDG&F Dept.   You may have heard the term “R3” associated with the future of hunting and fishing, not just in North Dakota, but across the country.   It stands for “Recruitment, Retention and Reactivation,” and represents a conscious effort to bring new people into the fishing and hunting world, get past…

Daily Edge for Wed. 5/13 – Midweek Mildness

PUSHING THROUGH.  We’re making our way through mid-May with some unstable conditions and cooler temps, but many are still finding opportunities to get on a spring bite. While you do, we’ve got updates on a major poaching case and seismic shifts in Pheasants Forever’s leadership as part of today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo:  SPRING SIGHT. …

Daily Edge for Tue. 5/12 – Drizzled

STAYING COOL.  Things remain below average for this time of year as we struggle out of the weekend’s chilly spell.  It’ll be a bit damp today and tomorrow, but we’ve got the news to help you make it to the weekend’s warm up including continued fishing events, massive recycling campaigns and a word about woodcocks…

Mule Deer Survey Numbers Up

NDG&F Dept. Release The North Dakota Game and Fish Department completed its annual spring mule deer survey in April, and results indicate western North Dakota’s mule deer population is up 7% from last year and 22% above the long-term average. Biologists counted 2,364 mule deer in 267.3 square miles during this year’s survey. Overall mule…

Daily Edge for Mon. 5/11 – Still Chill

NICE, FOR MARCH.  Cool temperatures prevail today, though skies will remain mostly clear.  To help you make it through your Monday, we’ve got news and views from around the web on yellow perch, red line and hooks, and what to do if you find your brown buck, long after you put it down. Featured Photo: …

Daily Edge for Sun. 5/10 – On the Lookout

THE CLIMB.  Today begins our adventure out of yet another spring trough and tonight’s lows will likely be the chilliest of the week.  We cover that along with prepping yourself for some pesky spring flora and fauna in today’s Outdoors Roundup. Featured Photo: LET IT BE. Keep an eye out for emerging stands of poison…

Daily Edge for Sat. 5/9 – Chills

TOUGH ONE.  Gusty conditions will dominate an overcast and sometimes damp Saturday, but we’ve got the news from agencies around the region to help you through it.  From a reminder that the deer lottery is open in ND (can you tell we’re excited?) to tips for young animals in MN, to the tale of the…

PF, Purina Partner for Prairie Pothole Region

By Nick Simonson   Pheasants Forever (PF) and pet food producer Purina have partnered on an ambitious three-year, 30,000-acre incentive program directed at landowners in the prairie pothole region of southwestern Minnesota, north-central Iowa, and those parts of North Dakota and South Dakota located east of the Missouri River.   With the ultimate goal of adding…