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Doug Leier

Doug Leier

North Dakota Game and Fish outreach biologist

Doug Leier is an outreach biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department who writes frequent columns for Northland Outdoors. Reach him at dleier@nd.gov.

It is important for the North Dakota Game Department to work with private landowners to manage wildlife and provide habitat and access.
The PLOTS Guide, which features information on walk-in tracts, also includes public land hunting access information, including more than 200 wildlife management areas totaling about 220,000 acres.
For the 2022-23 hunting season, 8 million acres of land were electronically posted.
To minimize possible confusion, Game and Fish will update PLOTS map sheets weekly on its website.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service chose Bismarck as the site for its 2022 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.
RAWA would dedicate $1.3 billion annually for state-level conservation and $97.5 million to tribal nations to recover and sustain healthy fish and wildlife populations.
Running the same pheasant brood count during the same days and with similar weather generates more confidence in the numbers.
Hunting of Canada geese in August and early September is intended to reduce local Canada goose numbers, which remain high.
Long-billed curlews are a species of concern because of population declines, and they’re also seen as an indicator species for the health of grasslands, even agricultural lands.
The primary regions holding pheasants showed 14.1 crows per stop in the southwest, down from 18.4 in 2021; 13.7 crows per stop in the northwest, down from 14.3; and 9.7 crows per stop in the southeast, down from 14.5.