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Wildlife crossing planned for Hwy. 85 expansion in Oil Patch

June 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

WILLISTON — A critter crossing large enough to accommodate moose will go under an expanded U.S. Highway 85 near Williston, helping wildlife travel through habitat that’s now divided by heavy oilfield traffic.
Future wildlife crossings, including…continue reading on thedickinsonpress.com

DOUG LEIER COLUMN: Pheasant hunters should be in for a good season

October 13, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

And while North Dakota produces more ducks than pheasants, I’d guess if you asked every hunter their favorite quarry, ducks might finish behind deer and pheasants though a lot of people are avid participants in all three seasons. Continue Reading

HUNTING PREVIEW: ‘Ph-avorable’ for pheasants

October 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Thanks to a mild winter and early spring, pheasant numbers have rebounded across North Dakota and neighboring states
Pheasant hunters have plenty of reasons to be optimistic this fall in North Dakota, where summer roadside surveys showed a 59 percent increase from 2011, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. Continue Reading

DOUG LEIER COLUMN: Pheasants rule the roost in North Dakota

October 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Most hunters realize pheasants are not native and were introduced to North America more than 100 years ago, but they’ve been here long enough that they seem like a natural part of the landscape. Continue Reading

DOUG LEIER COLUMN: Fewer deer tags mean changes for many N.D. hunters this fall

September 29, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

With a little more than 66,000 licenses available, this fall, North Dakota will have thousands of would-be deer hunters who won’t have a tag. Continue Reading

WATERFOWL PREVIEW: Another ‘green light’ year for ducks

September 15, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Unless something drastic changes between now and next weekend, waterfowl hunters will be in for one of the driest falls in recent history when the regular season for ducks and geese opens Saturday in North Dakota and Minnesota. Continue Reading

OUTDOORS NOTEBOOK: N.D., Minnesota set duck regulations, More youths recreating outdoors etc.

August 25, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s fall waterfowl season will begin Sept. 22 for residents and Sept. 29 for nonresidents, with a six-duck limit and a change that allows hunters to take six scaup, compared with two last year. Continue Reading

Bad heart, teeth contributed to death of N.D. doe with quad fawns

August 18, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

It’s not conclusive, but a combination of poor health and old age appear to be the main factors in the death of a whitetail doe that gave birth to quadruplet fawns this past spring near Minto, N.D. The fawns, the first set of whitetail quadruplets ever documented in North Dakota, all died, as well.
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Fall duck forecast is rosy, but ominous trends loom on the horizon

August 11, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

As reported across the state earlier this week, North Dakota’s fall duck flight is expected to have twice as many birds as last year. Results from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey showed the duck index was up 16 percent from 2011 and 112 percent higher than the long-term average. Continue Reading

Overabundant resident Canada geese present a giant dilemma

July 28, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota’s estimated Canada goose population this spring stood at a whopping 415,000 birds. That’s more than twice the 162,000 Canada geese tallied in the spring of 2000 and five times higher than the state Game and Fish Department’s management goal of 80,000 birds. Continue Reading