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State offers unique outdoor experiences

September 14, 2012 in The Jamestown Sun

I’ve written extensively on the rich diversity of natural resources that make North Dakota a great place to live if you like the outdoors, or even if you don’t. Continue Reading

PLOTS program productive and going strong

August 17, 2012 in The Jamestown Sun

Throughout the years I’ve been writing, I’ve continued to highlight the Conservation Reserve Program, and for good reason. Continue Reading

Spring geese season a solid option

February 24, 2012 in The Jamestown Sun

Since 1999 North Dakota hunters have had a spring hunting opportunity besides turkey. Continue Reading

Mild winter just what the doctor ordered

February 10, 2012 in The Jamestown Sun

Winter officially began in December, and except for a few days of normal cold, it didn’t even feel like winter throughout January. Continue Reading

NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS: Wet cycle means more fish habitiat

December 8, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

When it comes to fish movement, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department would prefer the natural expansion and not illegal introductions from random anglers acting as a sort of arm-chair fisheries biologists. 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: A safe hunt is a successful hunt

October 20, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

North Dakota hunters have it pretty good. While a lot of conversations this fall relate to somewhat lower deer and pheasant populations, our wildlife numbers are still high compared with a few decades ago, when hunters applied for a first-drawing doe license just to have a chance to hunt in November, and a single morning rooster was something to crow about. 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: 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

DOUG LEIER: FAQs from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department

August 11, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

Questions tend to flow with the seasons, and while hunting is starting to gain ground, fishing continues to lead my list of phone, email and random inquiries. Here’s a sample of some the North Dakota Game and Fish Department typically receives, with answers from the Game and Fish website, www.gf.nd.gov. Continue Reading