Freelancing in the Dakotas

By John Pollmann With its mix of grasslands and wetlands, the Prairie Pothole Region of North and South Dakota is the destination for millions of nesting waterfowl each spring. Come September, that same patchwork of breeding habitat and fields of small grains and row crops becomes a major destination for waterfowl hunters — including many who put together the pieces of...

2018 North Dakota Hunting Outlook

A year ago, and for good reason, talk centered mostly on the return of drought conditions to North Dakota. While the spigot seemed to turn on a bit in August, it was too late for much of the state’s small grains and pastures. The lack of precipitation early in spring and summer left its mark. It was pretty clear what...

Decoy Tips from the Pros

Waterfowl hunting continues to evolve as decoys become more realistic each season. While the waterfowl hunting experience of decoying birds may be thousands of years old, the escalation of movement, realism and concealment options continue to redefine decoy hunting for ducks and geese. While...

Crankbaits on Ice

By Tyler French During the open-water fishing season, trolling and casting crankbaits are popular techniques anglers use to quickly cover water and entice bites out of both active and negative fish. Vibration, flash and rattle all wrapped up into a compact minnow-shaped crankbait has accounted for many walleye, pike, trout and bass during spring, summer and fall months. Unfortunately, far too...

Scouting for Public Land Success

In many circles of Dakota hunters, I think public land gets a very bad rap. When it comes to hunting deer in the western parts of both North and South Dakota, there are boundless opportunities just waiting to be explored, many of which are frowned on only because they occur on public land. ...

Spring Walleye Tactics

By Jason Mitchell At this time of year, a new season of optimism awaits. In many states, the inland walleye seasons open in May, but even in states where there is no closed walleye season, such as the Dakotas, the open-water season kicks off on many natural lakes and some reservoirs during the same time. What has always amazed me is...

A Small River with Big Potential

By Derek Boekelheide Where to fish is an age-old question asked by many trying to get out and enjoy a day on the water. With the present state of the fishing scene, catching fish has become easier than ever before, as modern boats, electronics and other high-tech fishing equipment have improved by leaps and bounds. However, these improvements come at great...

Perpetuating the Cycle

Many of the reliability issues facing earlier semi-auto shotguns have been addressed in today's crop of modern autoloaders.

2017 North Dakota Hunting Outlook

By Jeb Williams and NDGF Staff Most people will remember 2017 as a time when drought returned to North Dakota. North Dakota is well known for wild weather swings, but the end of 2016, and so far into 2017, is about as weird as weather can get. As a beautiful November ended last fall, December arrived with a mission, a seemingly singular...

Season-Long Turkey Decoy Strategies

By Josh Lantz Along with good calling and proper concealment, most turkey hunters agree that using decoys is one of the most effective strategies for coaxing a gobbler within range. But decoying a fickle longbeard isn’t as simple putting out a phony bird or two and pulling the trigger. There’s a correct time, place and way to do almost anything,...