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By Nick Simonson In what has been an historically hot summer across much of the country, and certainly the upper Midwest, it’s easy to assume those temperatures will stick around into fall. As the old saying goes, when in a drought, don’t predict rain. But even in those average years over the past few decades,...

“Now, you get to do the strap up on top of it,” I said with a laugh as on my tip toes I cranked hard on the ratchet which secured the stabilizing pole of my buddy’s new deer stand to his chosen tree, putting a pair of red lines into my palm, which suggested the...

By Nick Simonson So many big dates are on the horizon this time of year as we make the turn from summer into fall.  The start of the school year, football kickoff, and of course, opening days across a wide variety of hunting seasons are among the big dates to consider.  There are so many...

By Doug Leier August is no longer just about winding down the fishing season and planning and preparing for upcoming hunting seasons. While North Dakota has long had a crow season that got its start in mid-August, it wasn’t until changes several years ago put the early Canada goose opener into the middle of the...

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By Nick Simonson In a summer which showcased brood survey numbers for ducks at their lowest point since 1994 and drought conditions which impacted breeding and recruitment, North Dakota’s population of Canada geese on the other hand, may provide the best waterfowling opportunity of the autumn.  With the season to hunt these birds opening on...

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By Nick Simonson The northwestern quarter of North Dakota has sustained a good population of both whitetailed deer and mule deer into 2021 thanks to a mild winter.  But those warm and dry conditions that carried them through the region’s typically toughest months have also left conditions on the ground a bit ragged heading into...

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NDG&F Release State Game and Fish Department biologists expect a fall flight of ducks in North Dakota this fall that will be unfamiliar to many hunters. Mike Szymanski, Department migratory game bird management supervisor, said based on observations from the annual mid-July duck production survey, the 2021 fall flight is anticipated to be down 36%...

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NDG&F Release North Dakota’s early Canada goose season dates are set, with bag limits and licensing requirements the same as last year. Opening day is Aug. 15 in all three zones. Closing dates are Sept. 7 in the Missouri River zone, Sept. 15 in the western zone and Sept. 22 in the eastern zone. Early...