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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

Feeding wildlife, especially during the winter in North Dakota, once was common practice embraced by most wildlife professionals. That philosophy has gradually evolved.
Today, there are more than 70 prairie walleye lakes across North Dakota’s landscape, which is 70 more than in the early 1990s.
The Meadowlark Initiative is a landscape level initiative with obvious benefits for North Dakota's state bird.
Summer drought had a major impact on mule deer fawn production while the size of the largest salmon increased over a year ago.
North Dakota state law requires classroom training before young hunters can purchase any type of hunting license.
It is only legal to release fish back into the water immediately after they are caught.