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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: Waterfowl opportunities in ND are abundant

West Fargo - Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook.

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Leier: Looking forward to upcoming seasons, and with good reason

West Fargo - Hunters aren’t much different than sports fans when looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike.

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Leier: HIP is important tool for state biologists

West Fargo - If you catch a conversation between hunters and hear a reference to HIP, chances are they are discussing the Harvest Information Program and not what their kids or teenage neighbors are into.

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Leier: Early Canada goose season in ND continues to evolve

West Fargo - North Dakota’s early Canada goose season has been around for more than a decade. It’s a specific effort to put additional hunting pressure on the rising population of giant Canada geese – the only goose species that nests and raises its young within the state.

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Leier: In terms of wet years in ND, 1993 still stands out

West Fargo - With more than four decades behind me, sometimes 20 years seems like a long time, and sometimes it seems like yesterday. That’s how I feel about the summer of 1993, and specifically July, when much of North Dakota’s landscape went through a dramatic change from dry to wet.

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Leier: Survey returns yield interesting results

West Fargo - While I’m never one to wish away the current for the future, I also realize mid-July is weeks and not months until school begins, baseballs are replaced by footballs, and shotguns and doves are mentioned with walleyes and plugs. I’ll hold onto summer as long as possible.

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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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