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.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
It’s hard to believe when I glance at the calendar that it’s May, and not June or maybe July.RELATED CONTENT
I am the first to admit I am not a professional angler. When it comes to tips and tactics on how to land a lunker walleye or fill a stringer in short order, I have got more questions than answers.RELATED CONTENT
Recently a reader took issue with an explanation I previously provided regarding harvest of big fish in the spring prior to the time that either walleyes or northern pike have spawned for the year.RELATED CONTENT
I don’t necessarily consider myself old, but I do know I’m old enough to remember the drought of the late 1980s and early 1990s when Devils Lake was hardly visible from Minnewaukan, and one day I walked across the parched bottom of Hobart Lake in Barnes County.RELATED CONTENT
I have had the opportunity to hunt many different places and species across North Dakota, much of it a result of having lived in more than 10 different zip codes across the state. It’s those places, and the people who go with them, that often account for the best memories. While we always remember the biggest deer or a limit of fish, the best stories come from the one that got away, or getting stuck, lost or a having a late-night windstorm blow through camp.RELATED CONTENT
Because of a long-term population decline throughout their native range, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considered in 2010 listing sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.
While many hunters and anglers associate spring and summer with fishing season and fall with hunting season, truth be told, in North Dakota fishing is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days each year.
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.
Fargo - The minute the regular deer gun season closed last fall, hunters were already assessing their season and looking forward to 2013.RELATED CONTENT
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.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - Few in the Midwest will question the roles of hunting, fishing and trapping when it comes to quality of life.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - For most corners of North Dakota, the 2013 winter has extended well beyond the calendar declaration of spring.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - Many people who don’t hunt or fish are still familiar with national conservation organizations like Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and Pheasants Forever.RELATED CONTENT
Fargo - In the spring of 1999, I was working as a game warden in the Cass County area when the first-ever spring light goose conservation season arrived.
As February begins you’ve noticed the days, both in front and in back, are adding sunlight and the balance of winter begins to shift toward spring.RELATED CONTENT
FARGO - If I tried to list all the organizations and clubs just in North Dakota that are working to advance the cause of fishing, hunting, trapping, conservation, education and training, I’d likely fill most of this column.RELATED CONTENT