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  • Hunting
    2015 North Dakota Spring Breeding Duck Index

    The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of 3.6 million birds, down 25 percent from last year, primarily due to weather conditions that resulted in an early migration. Migratory game bird supervisor Mike Szymanski said the spring migration was well ahead...

  • Fishing
    The Great Striper Hunt

    First of all, I want to wish everyone a Happy Shark Week. It came a month early this year. What could be better than that? Speaking of fish, I was able to get out for a rare fishing expedition a couple weeks ago while on vacation. Although I’ve always enjoyed fishing, it’s...

  • Hunting
    SD Pheasant Numbers Presumably Going Up

    Good news, pheasant hunters in South Dakota. It sure looks promising heading into this fall for the statewide pheasant opener. This year’s season runs Oct. 17 to Jan. 3, with the three-day resident-only season going from Oct. 10-12. Conditions over the winter and the spring have been favorable, according to South Dakota...

  • Hunting
    Minnesota Grouse Counts Similar To Last Year

    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said today that ruffed grouse drumming counts are similar to last year across the state. That’s either good news or bad news depending on your perspective, but based on what friends and I encountered during last fall’s grouse hunting season, “similar to last year” doesn’t sound...

  • Hunting
    N.D. Spring Pheasant, Sharptail Counts Up From Last Year

    The news many North Dakota upland hunters were waiting for came this morning when the Game and Fish Department announced the results of its spring pheasant crowing count. Spring sharptail numbers also were up. The success of this year’s hatch will be perhaps the biggest determining factor in this year’s hunting seasons,...

  • Fishing
    A Lifetime Of Fishing Adventures Starts Here

    Fishing can lead us to some very wild and beautiful places, many of them far from home. Yet most of us get hooked on a lifetime of fishing in our youth, where access to a local fishing spot that we can reach on bike or foot matters most. Lots of us got...

  • Hunting
    Solitude, Good Fishing Part Of This Wilderness Canoe Trip

    Six of us spent eight days in Ontario’s Quetico Provincial Park in mid-June, fishing for walleyes, lake trout and northern pike. Surprisingly, mosquitoes and blackflies were almost absent. Fishing was excellent at times, challenging at other times. Walleyes were shallow, hungry for the soft plastic worms and minnows we offered them. We...

  • Recreation
    Black Bears Raid Renville County Beekeeper’s Hives

    Gerald Reinke has been tending beehives at the mouth of Hawk Creek in Renville County for 45 years. “Never, never, never had a bear down here,’’ said Reinke Until this spring, when he found two black bears tearing apart hives on his property where Hawk Creek joins the Minnesota River just downstream...

  • Fishing
    Trout Provide Big Opportunities In Red Lake Indian Reservation

    Lake trout—which need deep, cold and clear waters to survive—aren’t a readily available species in this part of the world, but there’s a small lake near Redby, Minn., in the Red Lake Indian Reservation that holds some respectable lakers. Green Lake only covers about 30 acres, but it’s clear and deep with...

  • Fishing
    Too Many Punches Putting Green Lake’s Walleyes In Decline

    Walleye appear to be on a long-term decline in Green Lake, a clear and deep lake that has long been regarded as this region’s premiere destination for catching them. The words of warning about the future of walleye fishing on Green Lake come from two professionals who know this subject only too...

  • Recreation
    The Artificiality Of Our Outdoor Experience

    These are the three things I enjoy most about North Dakota’s outdoors: Wading across the Little Missouri River with my hiking shoes slung over my shoulder, on my way to a silent day hiking in the Bad Lands wilderness. Watching my dog lean into a patch of brush, just a glimpse of...

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