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Leier: Some prefer later-season pheasant hunting

Fargo - For those of us who like to spend as much time as possible on the outside of the window, October is a sort of early Christmas present.

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Leier: Pheasant prospects in fall look promising

Fargo - In North Dakota, deer hunting is arguably the favorite hunting season based on the number of individuals who apply for a license each year. And while North Dakota produces more ducks than pheasants, I would 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.

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Leier: North Dakota enjoys array of natural resources

I have 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.

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Leier: Hunters should prepare physically as well as mentally

Fargo With the close of summer, you will notice a swing from fishing rods to shotguns. For the next two months, every day is one day closer to the next hunting season.

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Leier: CRP has done much for North Dakota's hunting prospects

Fargo Throughout the years I have been writing, I have continued to highlight the Conservation Reserve Program – and for good reason. It’s not by sheer accident that North Dakota’s wildlife populations have experienced a contemporary revival that rivals most hunters’ recollections of “the good old days.”

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Leier: Influx in Canada geese means longer hunting season, larger limit

Fargo When North Dakota’s early Canada goose season starts Aug. 15, hunters who find themselves in the right situation will likely have a limit of 15 birds a day, up from eight last year and five in 2010.

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Leier: Fishing in North Dakota has a rich history

Leier: Stocking, new waters increase opportunities for fishing in North Dakota

Fargo If you’re into numbers, around 140,000 North Dakota residents were licensed to fish last year, and that doesn’t include all those under age 16 who don’t need a license.

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Leier: It's not too early to start thinking about deer licenses

Fargo It’s not even June, but the chatter along river banks, fishing piers, boat landings and bait shops isn’t just about where the fish are biting or the big one that got away. In fact, every year around the backside of May, there’s almost as much talk about deer season.

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Leier: Free fishing a good way to get young anglers hooked

It’s hard to believe when I glance at the calendar that it’s May, and not June or maybe July.

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Leier: Natural resource jobs are attainable, but you must be flexible

West Fargo - I’m years removed from the high school and college decisions and contemplating schools, majors or possible career paths. And I don’t really miss it.

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Leier: Fish stocking has been a critical wildlife tool

West Fargo - Anyone who has fished with children knows the trip is more about helping with bait and knots and tangled line than it is about a stringer of 3-pound walleyes.

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Leier: Future of fishing is tough to predict

West Fargo - Recently, a friend asked me how I see fishing in the future. Since my approach to fishing probably fits more in 1983 than 2013, and for sure what fishing may be like in 2033, I really struggled to envision the way fishing would look years from now.

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Leier: This summer shaping up to be perfect for fishing

Fargo - This summer, my list of things to do begins with “fish more.”

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Leier: Optimism can be found despite reduction in deer licenses

Fargo - As the 2013 deer application period progresses toward the deadline on June 5, I am struck by the thought that no prospective hunter under the age of 40 has ever applied for the lottery when fewer licenses were available than this year.

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Leier: A closer look at new signup period with CRP

West Fargo - Without looking over my shoulder through the columns I’ve written in May over the past decade, I’m pretty sure the top three topics have been fishing, fishing, and … probably fishing.

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Leier: If it's big fish you want, there are a few facts to consider

West Fargo - I spend the bulk of my fishing hours each year at the same mom-and-pop pond. The family and I enjoy fishing in our own way, just like you do.

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Leier: Anglers need to be vigilant to stop the spread of nuisance species

Fargo - Even if May just finally feels like spring for many of us, in most years by the time the month rolls around, many anglers have already enjoyed a few outings wetting a line.

Leier: No two deer hunting seasons are exactly alike

Fargo - The minute the regular deer gun season closed last fall, hunters were already assessing their season and looking forward to 2013.

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Leier: Interest in bighorn sheep remains high

Fargo - It’s a pretty consistent fact of life where the more we have, the less we appreciate and conversely what we’re lacking, we tend to hold in a little higher regard. The whooping crane population is a pretty good example with a number of a few hundred. But it’s not just an endangered species, the phenomena crosses over.

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