Our Outdoors: Home & Away

By Nick Simonson I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m a homebody when it comes to the outdoors.  It doesn’t take much for me to get lost chasing walleyes along the river winding through town, casting after trout in the nearby lakes, or picking off a few hungry bass as summer progresses on…

Avoid Contact with Young Animals

By Doug Leier This is the time of year when North Dakota Game and Fish Department game wardens, biologists and other staff across the state handle an influx of calls about young animals. From seemingly abandoned deer fawns, to birds that fell from a nest, to a mother duck trying to lead her brood across…

Brad’s Bites: A Wild Week

By Brad Durick It’s been a wild week. We were blessed with rains in the northern Red River valley that gave the catfish a fresh drink. However, water levels remain seriously low from Oslo to the south and heavy rains brought Drayton up nearly four feet but the river is quickly falling now. The recent…

Pheasants 101: The Key is Habitat

By Rachel Bush, ND State Coordinator, Pheasants Forever With spring turkey season wrapped up, our thoughts and anticipation await the next opening day, mine do at least. There is a lot of time between now and then, but now is the time of year that those wildlife species we enjoy pursuing so much each fall…

The Peluso Report: A Random Giant

By Mike Peluso Just when I thought there was little chance left this spring for a really big walleye, boom goes the thump on a jig and presto, a 33 inch monster Missouri River walleye! The one thing this last string of big post spawn walleyes has taught me, is never count a big fish…

Dakota Uplander: Rain Needed for Brood Forage, Cover

By Nick Simonson North Dakota’s upland bird populations came out of the mild winter relatively well.  With above average temperatures from December to March, and below average snowfall across the state, sharptailed grouse and ring-necked pheasants made it to spring with no significant mortality, according to RJ Gross, Upland Game Biologist with the North Dakota…

Sportsmen Have Strong Legislative Session

By John Bradley The 2021 Legislature was a busy one for issues affecting wildlife, habitat and access for hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts. As we have in years past, the North Dakota Wildlife Federation (NDWF) played a crucial role at the Capitol, monitoring key issues and speaking up for those issues and our outdoor heritage….

Our Outdoors: Cream of the Crop

By Nick Simonson A shellacking. A beatdown. A butt-whooping.  All these terms paled in my young mind when describing a drubbing on the baseball field when compared to the term “getting creamed.”  That descriptor suggests that the opposing team had swung their bats so mightily and so frequently and with such success that they converted…

Brad’s Bites: Something Like Summer

By Brad Durick The water temperatures have really come up the past few days in the northern reaches of the Red River. Some sections of the flow are producing fish better than others. Most areas are fishing like it is mid-summer as the lack of current seems to have not sparked the catfish to make…

Boating Course Benefits All

By Doug Leier Most work or recreation plans follow the principle that you reap what you sow. The more planning and preparation, the better the odds are for success. Or, in other words, the time to start preparing for deer season isn’t the night before. The search for the misplaced deer tag, the rifle that…

G&F Encourages Boaters to be ANS Aware

NDG&F Release North Dakota has seen an increase in aquatic nuisance species in the last decade, yet the state remains in pretty good shape with the low number of waterbodies with invasive species. Even so, public awareness about ANS, including zebra mussels, and the actions that help prevent their spread, remains a priority of the…

Peluso Report: Downstream Drift

By Mike Peluso Things on the Missouri River remain pretty solid following the spawn.  There are lots of fish to be caught, and many of them are being caught right now on a jig and minnow. The scary part for me at the moment is that the walleyes are moving extremely fast downstream. Upstream is…

Get Down for Prairie Trout on the Fly

By Nick Simonson Stocked trout don’t take long to acclimate to their surroundings.  Within a week or two of the recent dumps of rainbows and browns across the state, these fish spread out and stalk the water column for just about anything edible.  Whether that’s the first rising midge populations of the year, small nymphs…

Considering Carp

By Nick Simonson There’s an encounter each spring that reminds me of how lucky we are to have ugly fish.  They don’t glisten in gold like walleyes, sparkle with silver like a white bass, or even bring up the base of the podium like a smallmouth bass bedecked in bronze.  Instead, they fight hard, provide…

Our Outdoors: A Chance to Learn

By Nick Simonson We buzzed along the inside of the breakline, my buddy Kevin and I, watching the rhythmic ticking of the tips of the trolling rods strung out alongside his Alumacraft, with a second eye toward the graph behind the console he was manning for the blips and arcs which symbolized the post-spawn walleyes…

Brad’s Bites: Getting Warmed Up

By Brad Durick The water temperature on the northern Red River has stayed fairly stable all week and is beginning to go up again with this week’s warm up. The water temperature as of May 12 registered 57 degrees, n some sections of the river this has the fish beginning to kick into high gear…

The PheasAnt Fly

By Nick Simonson It’s a sure sign of spring when you begin to see the little mounds of dirt popping up between the segments of sidewalk, evidence of ants hard at work getting active and ready for the warm weather months.  As these industrious insects ramp up their efforts for the betterment of their colonies,…

Get In Line

By Nick Simonson When fish are active in the warming waters of spring, triggering a reaction strike can be one of the most exciting ways to explore new areas, locate fish quickly and create some memorable outings.  A classic lure that can be customized for all species from trout, to smallmouth bass, to pike and…

Peluso Report: Post Spawn Success

By Mike Peluso Old news is good news. The big walleyes are still lingering around the Missouri River near Bismarck, and that’s a great thing; especially if you have kids, as this is the best time to introduce a young person to fishing. I still have the remainder of May that I will be guiding…

Our Outdoors: Keep It Clean

By Nick Simonson Amidst all the discussion of global warming, climate change, and pollution on a level so great that a second landmass made of plastic floating in the Pacific Ocean can be seen from outer space, it’s the smaller areas where I encounter garbage that stick with me each spring.  After a winter under…

Brad’s Bites: Picking and Pecking

By Brad Durick The water temperature on the Red River finally reached 50 degrees last Friday (Apr. 30), and with that increase the bite has started improve a little each day. There has been lots of picking and pecking by catfish with  some good solid hits mixed in, showing an increase in activity. The big…

Warden Exam Approaches

By Doug Leier When I was a kid, I thought being a game warden would be a neat career, but certainly a difficult job to land.   As a former warden who understands the time commitment of the job, challenges and rewards I initially fell into the category of wrongly thinking I wouldn’t get hired. Yet,…

2021 Deer Gun Lottery Open, 72,200 Tags Available

NDG&F Release North Dakota’s 2021 deer season is set, with 72,200 licenses available to hunters, 3,150 more than last year. In total, any-antlered licenses increased by 1,500 from last year, any-antlerless by 1,250, antlered whitetail by 100, antlerless whitetail by 100, antlerless mule deer by 200 and antlered mule deer licenses remained the same. In addition,…

Mule Deer Counts Stable in 2021 Survey

NDG&F 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 similar to last year and 21 percent above the long-term average. In 2020 it was up 7 percent compared to 2019 and 22 percent compared to the…

The Peluso Report: Shifting Gears

By Mike Peluso The times they are a-changing and it looks like the weather is going to change as well, speeding up the transition which occurs around the spawn even more. As with last week, the walleyes on the Missouri River are still spawning and will be shifting their focus as we get closer to…

Stick It to Spring Largemouth

By Nick Simonson The warming waters of spring herald a movement for largemouth bass into the shallows of the lakes and reservoirs in which they reside.  Often, those dark bottoms releasing the first green-and-red curls of lily pads or sandy stretches with verdant spikes of emergent reeds and those locations’ elevated temperatures are the first…

Keep It Simple for Spring Smallies

By Nick Simonson I can recall my first smallmouth bass as clearly as the blue skies of the late spring day on which it came to my jig.  Sitting on the shoreline casting the eighth-ounce ballhead out over the small muddy point on the Sheyenne River just a few days after school had let out…

Our Outdoors: Words of Advice

By Nick Simonson Perhaps it was because the spoken-word piece by Baz Luhrmann was in such high rotation on MTV’s video lineup in the summer of 1999 when I had just afternoon classes and the TV in my fraternity house room was just on all morning, but the newspaper column dubbed over instrumental music that…

Brad’s Bites: Stage is Set for Red River Catfishing

By Brad Durick The recent warm up over the past couple days is also raising water temperatures.  The forecast for the next week looks great to get things kicked off for the catfishing season on the Red River in and around Grand Forks. Water temperature is currently up to 48 degrees and the magic number…

Veteran Catfish Angler Brad Durick Joins DEO as Contributing Writer

DEO Release Beginning April 29, Dakota Edge Outdoors is teaming up with experienced catfishing guide Brad Durick to share the exciting catfishing opportunities available to anglers on the Red River in northeastern North Dakota.  As a licensed catfish guide and promoter and supporter of the incredible fishing resource that is the northern Red River, Durick’s…