NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND remaining fall turkey tags
The 2014 fall wild turkey lottery has been held and more than 1,000 licenses remain in eight units. Unsuccessful applicants who applied online will have a refund issued directly to their credit card.
... Posted on 9/16/14 at 1:56 PM
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- Like a lot of people my age and older, my early impression of a wildlife professional was the Marlon Perkins/Jim Fowler “Wild Kingdom” type that millions of people got to see them working directly with wild animals in exotic places.
State Game and Fish Department biologists conduct a variety of studies every year. The familiar ones are those that provide counts or indexes that factor into season setting and limits, and also set hunter and angler expectations.
Each year from summer to winter I’m peppered with reports, complaints and discussions about “fish hogs,” a less-than-flattering tag used by some anglers to describe other anglers who supposedly take more than their fair share of fish, even though they are not exceeding the daily limit.
I’ve seen pictures and heard stories, and honestly I don’t discount what anyone witnesses. But in the back of my mind I usually have more questions than answers. If the limit is five fish per day, then who’s to say which anglers should or shouldn’t take and keep five fish?
Doug Leier, North Dakota Outdoors
August 13, 2010
In the early 1980s trapping fox, coyotes, badgers, muskrat and a bonus mink did more than just pay for gas. Fur prices were strong and fox outnumbered coyotes to the point where a coyote pelt brought a nice reward, and the intense hunting and trapping effort helped keep numbers in check as well.
One of my biggest outdoors pet peeves is trash. Empty cans along the river bank or discarded chip bags floating near the dock, even if it’s just one, seem to steal away the peaceful serenity that draws most of us outdoors.
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