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Official: Garrison, Oahe spring smelt spawn habitat promising for recovery

March 6, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Record water releases through the Garrison and Oahe (oh-AH’-hee) dams in the Dakotas during Missouri River flooding last year resulted in substantial losses of smelt, but the recovery could be quick.
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Record waterfowl in N.D. midwinter survey

February 3, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

A mild, dry fall and an unseasonably warm winter have resulted in a record number of ducks and geese wintering in North Dakota. Continue Reading

N.D.’s fisher trapping season closes on season’s 5th day

November 25, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

In a news release, the department says the state’s quota was met when the 10th fisher was caught on Friday, the fifth day of the season. Continue Reading

A quiet N.D. deer opener

November 4, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Longtime game warden Gary Rankin marks 35th deer seasonWith a work area that covers about 3,000 square miles and includes Grand Forks County and parts of Traill, Steele, Griggs, Walsh and Nelson counties, N.D. Game and Fish Department game warden Gary Rankin will log a lot of cab time in his unmarked pickup by the time deer season ends Nov. 20. Friday marked his 35th deer opener. Continue Reading

NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS: Modern deer season dates to 1931

November 3, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Hunting law was stricter thenEighty years ago, during fall 1931, Herbert Hoover was president, the Dick Tracy comic strip debuted, and what often is considered the beginning of North Dakota’s modern day deer season began. Continue Reading

NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS: Common questions pop up in deer season

October 27, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

For more than a decade, I’ve searched for column topics, but each year as deer season approaches, the same questions arise, and the answers bear repeating. Continue Reading

NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS: Deer stories precede hunting

October 13, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

More tales ahead next few weeksI live in a great neighborhood. While most people think their neighborhood is the best, I know mine is. I’m not trying to pick a fight, but it’s the best I could ask for, with a mixture of ages and backgrounds probably not much different than many neighborhoods in the state. When I stop and ponder for a moment, I have to go a few houses in each direction to find a home without a hunter or angler in it. Continue Reading

NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS: Try breaking out of hunting, fishing routine

October 6, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Every day after my alarm goes off, my first order of business is to start the coffee. And no matter what time I turn in at night, the last step is to double-check to make sure the doors are locked and the kids are tucked in. Continue Reading

NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS: October is best month on outdoors calendar

September 29, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Most kids in the region grow up looking forward to the Christmas season. Even before Thanksgiving turkey is served, they are counting the days before they can open their share of the wrapped boxes beneath the tree. Many hunters feel that way about October. While September offers its archery and dove and grouse and crane and waterfowl openers, hunters count the days until pheasant season starts and the number of “presents” to choose from on any given day is at its peak. Continue Reading

N.D. officials expect worst pheasant year since 2001

September 12, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Fewer pheasants mean hunters in North Dakota could bag fewer than half a million roosters for the first time in a decade, state officials said. Continue Reading