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Doug Leier

Doug Leier

When the phone rings and the caller on the other end of the line is excitedly relaying an unusual wildlife observation, I do my best to join the adrenaline rush brought on by a possible rare or uncommon sighting....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

As a biologist I deal with aspects of fish and wildlife behavior on a routine basis. Hardly a week goes by that I don't get at least one phone call or email from someone who witnessed an odd, strange, or...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

After a couple of cups of coffee and the usual bantering about weather at my favorite corner convenience store, a recent discussion turned to Game and Fish Department surveys....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Each year it seems I somehow wind up as part of a large number of hunters who receive a recycled email joke about making beef taste like venison. Most who read it find themselves nodding their head and chuckling, as...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Over the past two decades the North Dakota Game and Fish Department has emphasized wildlife habitat enhancement and hunting access on private land through its Private Land Initiative....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

It's August and even with early goose open, I'm still thinking of some numbers I filed away earlier this summer that concern me a little more than how the local football team will break camp.

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

North Dakota's spring turkey season runs April 9 through May 15, and along the way thousands of hunters will spend some of the best days of spring scouting, sneaking, sitting and calling turkeys along rivers and streams, and in valleys...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Sooner or later - most likely later - what feels like spring will arrive. Just looking at the calendar makes that a pretty safe prediction, but I also know that spring is getting closer because of a bump in the...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

North Dakota's pheasant and High Plains duck seasons close Jan. 2, so it's a good time for a review before we start talking about prospects for 2011....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

As snowstorm after snowstorm this winter have dumped inches and feet of white blankets across the prairie, waves of concern have built up to match the drifts in my back yard. Family and friends worry about traveling and over-the-road drivers...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

I haven't checked my archives, but even if I wrote last year about the human desire to feed wildlife during a difficult winter, it's a topic that bears another look....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Only a couple of weeks into the pheasant season, hunters in North Dakota have already exceeded last year's total for accidents involving firearms and shooting for all hunting seasons combined....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

That fat, grain-fed greenhead that decoys just before deer season could just as well have been born and raised within the same zip code you’re hunting, instead of a thousand miles north on the Canadian prairie....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

North Dakota's roadside pheasant survey revealed the pheasant population is in better shape than last year, especially in the southern half of the state...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Few people in North Dakota would ever ask the question “why do you hunt?”...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

For many waterfowl hunters September is a transition, kind of like waking up in the morning and taking your first few groggy steps searching for the light. It's the first cup of coffee of the hunting season, while October is...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

The NFL season opened a few weeks back with many teams having high expectations for a banner year. Such is the case for the North Dakota waterfowl season, which opens Sept. 25 for residents and Oct. 2 for nonresidents....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Throughout my hunting life I’ve tried a variety of hunting options depending on the species and field conditions....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

While the first hunting season of fall officially opened a month ago, many North Dakota hunters consider September as the kick-off, starting with dove, then archery deer and now grouse and partridge....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

In June, many duck and pheasant hunters will mentally circle the backside of October as a key window for waterfowl and upland hunting. In similar manner, deer hunters also key out the dates, times and places for hunts, stake a...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

The 2009 North Dakota Legislature continued a recent nationwide trend by creating a few new opportunities designed to recruit and retain hunters....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

The past couple of years between winter mortality, harvest pressure and hunter success, the deer management goals in many units were met and the predicted outcome of lower hunter success and fewer licenses became real....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

The 2010 spring snow goose conservation season opened Feb 20. No we didn't make a mistake, the probability of snow geese migrating back into North Dakota before March is slim, but the remote chance of a mild winter, limited snow...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

I know that's not exactly how the traditional saying goes, as I’m substituting a kitten in place of lion to describe the month of March. At least, that's how I'd like to see March unfold, with a beginning, middle and...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Over the past decade I've read numerous accounts on the rising popularity of watchable wildlife, which is a more inclusive and contemporary terminology than simply birdwatching....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

While I was born in the ‘70s and remember a few events and places, like the LaMoure Lobos winning the 1976 North Dakota State Class B basketball title after we moved there from Williston, the ‘80s are when most of...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

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...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Last week's discussion revolved around changing hunter attitudes for deer hunting in North Dakota, where many hunters now live in urban areas, and along with a healthy deer herd are now afforded what's almost a sure thing for drawing a...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

My guess is that most deer hunters don't tire of the “Turdy Point Buck” tune on the radio until the backside of deer season. For a change, though, I'd sure enjoy listening to a refrain about hunting doe in North...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Last year, the program only accepted deer donated by bowhunters, because of concerns over the possibility of lead particles from bullets remaining in processed venison....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Here's a question to ponder across the back fence or over a cup of coffee as all the major hunting seasons except deer gun get into full swing: When it comes to hunting success, what's more important, habitat or access?...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

The next time you find yourself kicking cans in the shop, killing time at the gas station or coffee shop with the crew, I ask you to raise a question about favorite ducks....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Fall hunting seasons vary in length, and most hunters will say that none are long enough. The problem, however, is more about season overlap than it is about season length. So many things are going on at once that it's...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Last week I discussed a situation where a friend and I were denied permission to hunt on land that wasn't posted. From ducks to deer, if you’re a freelance hunter there's a good chance you have, or will, encounter a...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Hunting access issues across North Dakota and the United States can occasionally move from spark to wildfire in a matter of seconds. Just about everyone who has spent even a little time hunting has a story to relate, from a...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

In case you missed it, the Canada goose early hunting season opened on Aug. 15, kind of a first shot to open fall hunting seasons. No, I’m not advocating winterizing the boat and mothballing the fishing gear just yet. Just...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

I can't single out any specific outdoor adventure that hooked me into a life of participation, and work, devoted to hunting, fishing, trapping and conservation. Many of my friends and coworkers have similar experiences. Most grew up in a family...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

I thought seriously about whether to write a hunting piece during July, as summer is finally here and most of us don't want to think too much about fall just yet....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

June is a time of optimism and hope, not only for anglers who may have spent much of May recovering from floods, but also for farmers who hurried to recoup lost time and are now crossing their fingers hoping the...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

For some reason, when North Dakota is singled out as a benchmark in agriculture or wind energy potential, few people discount or argue our place as a leader. After trying to find the perfect May day to cast a line...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

For many hunters November is a peak and valley, the best of times and the worst of times. As North Dakota's popular deer gun hunting season opens and closes, thousands of hunters begin and end their hunting activities within the...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

About 20 years ago the city of Bismarck, working with the State Game and Fish Department, developed an urban archery hunt to help control a growing deer population within the city limits. Two decades later, the deer population is much...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

I’m secure enough to proclaim I’m not much of an expert at most things. Regardless of the topic or subject at hand, there's always going to be someone who knows more or has done it better. That doesn't bother me....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

State Century Code has defined hunting in North Dakota. Albeit for legal purposes, the definition is rather cumbersome, but NDCC20.1-01 and section 21 defines hunting as: “shooting, shooting at, pursuing, taking, attempting to take, or killing any game animals and...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

With the onset of April, our summer calendars being to fill with weddings, reunions, centennials and other celebrations and vacations. Before that calendar gets too full, you might want to look at a few opportunities that could help enhance future...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Spring turkey season is days and not weeks away. The turning of the calendar means you'll need a new 2009 fishing license, and snow geese continue to roll through the state....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

As school years descend ever so gradually toward spring and summer vacation, a new crop of seniors begin a transition toward the next step in life....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

The beginning of my 2009 spring turkey season was on a Wednesday evening, Feb. 11, as I sat in the basement contemplating whether to apply for a license or take the year off....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Hunting is an accepted and embraced heritage in North Dakota, and even those who don't hunt have a stake as they enjoy the matrix of critters that form the fabric of our outdoors wonderland....

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

This winter began in much of the state even before the opening shots of last fall's deer rifle season, and some are joking we'll still be ice fishing on Memorial Day. While some long-range forecasts predicted a fairly hostile beginning...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Many parents with young children spend a fair amount of time at the doctor's office, myself included. Often when I return home, my first stop is at the computer desk to check the Internet to find out a little bit...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Nobody wants to see wildlife starve. It happens sometimes, but even in a winter such as this, not as much as most people think. Even in mild winters, Game and Fish is asked about feeding animals, and over time the...

Doug Leier

Doug Leier

Regardless of what the calendar says, North Dakota's current winter began during the days leading up to the opener of last fall's deer season. Now it's the backside of January and it's colder and snowier. Young and old alike seem...