Archive of Hunting Reports

October2011

Pitching crank baits is producing fish!

Posted: October 28, 2011

Cooler temps are here somewhat but the fishing continues to be pretty darn good if you can handle the cold. First off jigging all the bridges with minnows or crawlers has been working pretty good. Seems 11am-3pm has been the best time for jig fishing. All the deep rock piles and structured spots on the main bay have been producing fish as well. Trolling the golden highway with leadcore has been excellent. Wally divers flicker shads and salmo hornets have been the bait of choice. Pelican ridge remains hot as well. Some days the fish are on top in 16 FOW and other days on the edge and bottom in 18-22 FOW. A lot of nice fish have been caught on the golden highway and pelican ridge. Pitching crank baits is producing fish as well. Not as many fish but really nice fish. Basically go back to the spots you fished this spring and cast away. Weeds are dieing so fish are moving back up shallow as well. Good luck and good fishing!

[The] big buck and doe contest is here again this year with a nice set of binocs for the buck and tail cam for the doe. North Dakota tags only and we go by weight of the deer field dressed.

Courtesy of Ed’s Bait Shop.

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Devils Lake is Duck Country

Posted: October 24, 2011

Featured in the October 24th issue of the Fargo Forum

On Devils Lake, N.D.

The decoys are set just outside the cattails on this unseasonably warm October morning. A couple pods of dabblers in close. A couple of strings of divers stretching toward open water. Read the full story from the Fargo Forum

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CWD Surveillance Continues

Posted: October 17, 2011

The state Game and Fish Department will continue its Hunter-Harvested Surveillance program during the 2011 hunting season, by sampling deer for chronic wasting disease and bovine tuberculosis from 12 units in North Dakota. In addition, all moose and elk harvested in the state are eligible for testing.

Samples from hunter-harvested deer taken in the central portion of the state will be tested from units 2H, 2I, 2J1, 2J2, 2K1, 2K2, 3A4, 3B3 and 3C. In addition, deer will be tested from units 2C and 2D in the northeast, and unit 3F2 in the southwest.

Every head sampled must have either the deer tag attached, or a new tag can be filled out with the license number, deer hunting unit and date harvested.

Hunters are encouraged to drop off deer heads at the following locations:

  • Ashley – Ashley Super Valu
  • Bismarck – Game and Fish Department headquarters, Call of the Wild Taxidermy, M&M Sausage and Meats, West Dakota Meats
  • Bottineau – Mattern Family Meats
  • Carrington – Barton Meats
  • Devils Lake – Devils Lake Game and Fish district office, Goldade Processing
  • Edgeley – Edgeley Meat Processing
  • Granville – S&E Meats
  • Harvey – Lonetree Game and Fish district office
  • Heaton – Miller Game Processing
  • Jamestown – Jamestown Game and Fish district office
  • Kulm – Peoples Meat Market
  • Linton – Bosch’s Meat Market, Schmaltz Meats
  • Mandan – Butcher Block Meats
  • Minot – S&K Processing, Hensen’s Fur and Leather
  • Moffit – Long Lake National Wildlife Refuge office
  • Parshall – Myers Custom Meats
  • Riverdale – Riverdale Game and Fish district office
  • Sheyenne – Brenno Meats, Wild Things Taxidermy
  • Steele – Devore Custom Meats
  • Turtle Lake – Barry’s Jack and Jill
  • Upham – J. Clark Salyer NWR office
  • Westhope – Country Meats
  • Woodworth – Chase Lake NWR office.

 Drop off locations for deer taken from units 2C and 2D:

  • Aneta – Aneta Meats Service
  • Edinburg – Market on Main Meats
  • Fordville – Fordville Wildlife Club (Baier Body and Glass)
  • Grand Forks – Bob’s Oil, Ted’s Taxidermy
  • Langdon – Hickory Hut
  • Larimore – Glenn’s EZ Stop
  • Park River – Jim’s Super Valu
  • Reynolds – Weber’s Meats
  • Walhalla – Walhalla Co-op

 Drop off locations for deer taken from unit 3F2:

  • Elgin – Gunny’s Bait and Tackle, Melvin’s Taxidermy
  • Glen Ullin – Kuntz’s Butcher Shop
  • Hettinger – Dakota Packing
  • New Leipzig – Hertz Hardware

 Moose and elk heads should be taken to a Game and Fish office.

CWD affects the nervous system of members of the deer family and is always fatal. Scientists have found no evidence that CWD can be transmitted naturally to humans or livestock.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish.

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Motorists Warned to Watch for Deer on Roads

Posted: October 10, 2011

Motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways, especially this time of year, because juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges.

Late October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents. Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution after dark to reduce the likelihood of encounters with deer along roadways. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around.

Deer-vehicle accidents are at times unavoidable. However, motorists should be aware of warning signs signaling deer are in the area. When you see one deer cross the road, look for a second or third deer to follow. Also, motorists are urged to pay attention on roadways posted with Deer Crossing Area caution signs.

If an accident does happen, a local law enforcement agency should be contacted. Also, a permit is required to take parts or the whole carcass of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices.

A few precautions can minimize chances of injury or property damage in a deer-vehicle crash.

Always wear your seat belt.
Don’t swerve or take the ditch to avoid hitting a deer. Try to brake as much as possible and stay on the roadway. Don’t lose control of your vehicle or slam into something else to miss the deer. You risk less injury by hitting the deer.
If you spot deer ahead, slow down immediately and honk your horn.
No published research supports the effectiveness of deer whistles on vehicles.

Courtesy of North Dakota Game and Fish.

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Getting Your Dog Ready For Hunting Season

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**This is an old article but is always a good reminder for hunters and their hunting partners!**

By: TON System Account , Fishing Buddy

As a dog lover and owner, I have done a lot of research and talking to others about the best way to get my dogs ready for the hunting season. As we come into the fall of 2004 we are challenged by all types of weather and conditions that we put our companions into. Last year there was an article written up about the high numbers of dogs that over heated and ended up dying during pheasant opener. The article talked about these animals being not just some mans hunting dog that he could easily replace, but dogs that were part of families with kids and wives that also loved these dogs. There are many ideas of how to best take care of your hunting dog, I just wanted to write a few ways given to me or researched. Weather we have our dogs kenneled or they are also a house pet, our animals are valuable assets that we don’t want to lose and can’t afford to lose.

Weather. Hunting opener can be forecasted to be in the mid 70’s to 80 in the Dakota’s. When the dog is fighting through thick brush and cover on a 70 degree day, the dog is going to get hot. We all have hunting dogs for a reason, so we are not going to leave them at home just because of the weather. So, here are a few things to get your dog through these days.

Exercise. I would suggest leaving them at home if they haven’t been exercised for months. This is something that should be a no brainer. An overweight, out of shape dog has no business being in the field, it’s just not healthy for the dog. His paws should be ready to go, along with his heart. A dog should be out running in the field before hand, or some people do what is called roading a dog. This technique is nothing more than setting up a safe way for a dog to get exercise. I have seen this with a four wheeler and rods coming off the back sides with harnesses attached and the dogs gradually taken farther and farther. Roading, in my opinion, is not necessary if you take your dog out and let him run hard on long walks. Our German Shorthair puts miles on when we go for walks, and that’s great for getting him ready to put miles on in the field. Swimming is another great way to exercise your dog. If you have a waterfowl dog, get him out beforehand and get him in the water working retrieves. Why not get the dog ready before you go out, along with some good exercise. This will probably lessen any mistakes on his/her part.

Drinking Water. So, we need to think about how long we’ll be gone from the vehicle and what we need to take along on the walk. It is absolutely necessary to take water along on your hunt. See if you can get your dog to drink from a water bottle, if not, I use a water bottle with a tray attached which I bought at Petco. Here is a link so you can see what I’m talking about http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=900&N=2001+113235
Just make sure to have plenty of water back at the pickup to keep refilling and let the dog drink as much as he needs when he gets back, and have a little rest in between hunts. A trainer from Oklahoma who is in hot humid weather supplements his dogs water during hunts. He says dogs that aren’t getting enough water; you may need to supplement it for them.

First Aid. From scrapes to deep cuts we need to be ready for anything. There are preventative measures that can be taken. We have a Weimaraner with very thin skin, so when we are in trees and brush and barbed wire we put a chest protector vest on him. I’ve found that putting it on him in the house to get him used to it is not the best method. We took him out on some birds early on with the vest on to see what happened. He had birds on his mind and didn’t even notice he had it on. I’d probably put it on before the first hunt to make sure he/she isn’t going to be side tracked. All we need is a side tracked dog, right?

Now, for deep cuts all I have been hearing about is EMT Gel. EMT Gel is similar to superglue, and if you have none on hand if an incidence occurs, superglue will also work. Be sure and cleanse the wound first with hydrogen peroxide or another cleanser and then use your EMT Gel to keep the wound together and ready for healing. EMT Gel can be purchased at a sporting goods store or pet store. Here is a link to find out more about or to buy EMT Gel http://www.emtgel.com/.

As I was out running the dogs a couple weeks ago our shorthair went on point. I went in to flush and here a porcupine looked up at me. I screamed bloody murder and got both dogs out of the area thankfully before we had a nasty run in. This opened my eyes to one more thing I needed in my first aid kit. Pliers! What I would have done, I don’t know, but I’ll bet we aren’t out again without a set of pliers! A few other things we have in our first aid kit for the dogs: eye wash (for those little seeds that get in the eyes), bandages, EMT Gel, Hydrogen Peroxide, Antibiotic Ointment, Benadryl (never know when you’ll have a run in with bees or wasps), Benadryl cream, tweezers, scissor, tape, gauze, etc. I got a great tip from another dog owner about carrying your dog back to the vehicle if something happens to him that he can’t make it on his own. Bend down and carry him over your shoulders he says, and you’ll be much better off getting back to the vehicle without killing yourselves. He says to also carry with you some Karo syrup or honey sticks/packets just in case your dog is hypoglycemic.

Feeding. I do think it’s important to feed a good food and to feed the right amount for your dog, not feeding so that your dog becomes overweight. I am not qualified to give information on feeding for performance at all! There is so much information and different ideas on what to feed and when to feed. There are many people who say that you need to feed the day of the hunt, and there are others who say 24 hours before. I guess we just need to make decisions for ourselves on the information that we have and how our own dog performs. I haven’t myself tried the newest Pro Plan Performance Bars, but have heard some great things about them. We were involved in a field test this fall and one of the pups tried out a bar for the first time, his owner thought it really helped. There is another dog owner/trainer that takes with wet food portions along in baggies or the wet food you can buy in pouches to feed in intervals during the day. It is too much on a dog to feed a meal and then run them hard, so these are just some ideas to get the dog through a long hard day or a long hard weekend.

I’m learning just as all dog owners do. I have only included basic tips, as I’m not an expert! Just be sure to keep the dogs hydrated and don’t over do it on this coming warm weekend. Good luck to all in this seasons hunts.

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Verify Deer License, Gratis Applicants Apply Early

Posted: October 6, 2011

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department urges deer hunters to find their license and check it for accuracy.

In addition, landowners interesting in applying for a gratis license are encouraged to submit the application early. It is not possible to process the application the same day; applications are processed in the order received and the license will be mailed out the next day.

Every year the Game and Fish Department’s licensing section receives last-minute inquiries from hunters who can’t find their license. When that happens, it’s difficult to try to get a replacement license in time for the season opener.

Another reason to check the license now is to make sure the unit and species is what you thought it should be.

Deer hunters in need of a replacement license can print out a duplicate (replacement) license application from the Game and Fish website,  or can call (701) 328-6300 to have an application mailed or faxed.

The form must be completely filled out and notarized, and sent back in to the department with a fee.

Antlerless deer licenses are still available in units 2D, 3F1, 3F2 and 4F. Hunters should access the Game and Fish website to apply online or for an updated list of licenses available. There is no limit to the number of deer licenses a hunter can receive.

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Fine Tuning Decoys Spreads for More North Dakota Geese

Posted: October 1, 2011

By: mitchell , Fishing Buddy

The formation of the decoy spread and how the pocket is positioned contributes tremendously to how birds approach and drop into the spread. Hunters as a rule worry about or place a heavy emphasis on many details that aren’t nearly as important as the shape and size of the landing spot which needs to be adjusted accordingly to different situations that arise.

To read the entire article please visit FishingBuddy.com.

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