Monthly Archives: February 2009

weekend Outdoors Live

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This weekend on Outdoors Live we’ll bring you non-game biologist Sandy Johnson from NDGF and also find out how fishing is across the state with Pat Stockdill’s central dakota outdoors report. We’ll tap into the Big Gobbler, that’s Dan Driessen as it’s never to early begin thinking about spring turkey hunting. All this on Saturday from 3-4PM and again Sunday morning at 7AM.

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what we’re buying

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I’m always interested to see what the buying habits of hunters gravitate towards:

Southwick Associates has announced the brands and products that hunters and target shooters preferred most in 2008. This list has been compiled from the 24,206 surveys completed by hunters and target shooters last year for and In 2008, top brands included:

* Top rifle brand: Remington (18.1% of all purchases)
* Top shotgun brand: Mossberg (29.9% of all purchases)
* Top muzzleloader brand: CVA (40.8% of all purchases)
* Top handgun brand: Smith & Wesson (18.4% of all purchases)
* Top scope for firearms: BSA (16.1% of all purchases)
* Top rifle ammunition brand: Remington (29.9% of all purchases)
* Top shotgun ammunition brand: Winchester (35.7% of all purchases)
* Top handgun ammunition brand: Winchester (26.1% of all purchases)
* Top blackpowder brand: Pyrodex (39.0% of all purchases)
* Top balls, bullets, or shot brand: Powerbelt (34.9% of all purchases)
* Top bow brand: BowTech (22.0% of all purchases)
* Top arrow brand: Easton (40.5% of all purchases)
* Top fletching brand: Bohning (26.3% of all purchases)
* Top broadhead brand: Muzzy (21.5% of all purchases)
* Top game call brand: Primos (35.9% of all purchases)
* Top reloading bullet brand: Hornady (23.0% of all purchases)
* Top reloading powder brand: Hodgdon (33.0% of all purchases)
* Top binocular brand: Bushnell (29.4% of all purchases)
* Top knife brand: Buck (19.8% of all purchases)
* Top shooting target brand: Shoot-N-C (37.7% of all purchases)

Launched in 2006, and help the firearms and outdoor equipment industries, government officials, and conservation organizations track consumer activities and expenditure trends.

learning ot fly fish

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Fly-Fishing Class Scheduled in Bismarck

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program and the Missouri Valley Fly Fishers Club are sponsoring the second annual fly-fishing event for women and men March 21 in Bismarck.

Participants will learn the basics of fly-fishing, including casting techniques and a fly tying demonstration.

The cost is $20, and preregistration is required. For more information, or to register, access the Game and Fish Department website at, or contact program coordinator Nancy Boldt, North Dakota Game and Fish Department, 100 N. Bismarck Expressway, Bismarck, ND 58501-5095; 701-328-6312; or e-mail


a tip of the hat

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A tip of the hat is in order for another group of great conservation volunteers in North Dakoa:

Conservation Education Volunteers Recognized

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department recently acknowledged the efforts of many volunteers who make the agency’s conservation education projects successful. An instructor of the year and years of service awards were presented at the annual volunteer banquet held in Bismarck.

Lynn Kieper, Bismarck, a department volunteer and active fishing instructor since 1992, received the Fishing Instructor of the Year award. Kieper was recognized for his work with kids at numerous fishing camps and events, including Family Fishing Days and the North Dakota State Fair. He’s also a board member for Lure Em For Life, a non-profit fishing organization made up of volunteers whose mission is to teach people of all ages about fishing through fish camps and other fishing events.

In addition, volunteers were recognized for years of service.

Receiving 20-year service awards were Walter Darr, Williston; Larry Nagel, Shields.

Recognized for 15 years of service were Beth Darr, Williston; Nanci Fennern, Bismarck; Tim Larson, Turtle Lake; Janelle Montgomery, Center; Gerald Norberg, Minot; Allen Rusch, Fargo.

Receiving 10-year service awards were Stanley Cox, Jamestown; Richard Peterson, Bismarck; Michelle Pich, Menoken; Duane Reinisch, Valley City; Douglas Thingstad, Jamestown; Cindie Van Tassel, Breckenridge, Minn.

Recognized for five years of service were Gregory Gerou, Wahpeton; Richard Stark, Garrison.

Two-year service recipients were Skip Balzer, Bismarck; Curt Decker, Dickinson; Jerimiah (JD) Hanson, Center; James Heim, Elgin; Mark Kiefer, Bismarck; David Langenwalten, Fairmount; Paul Lee, Devils Lake; Dennis Schlenker, Bismarck; Christopher Seavert, Wahpeton; Edith Stark, Garrison.



gun sales strong..boat sales sinking

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Everyone has their own little economic barometer and for the most part it’s pretty easy to find products where sales are declining and boats are no different. I will add that gun and ammunition sales continue strong —
Background checks for guns are up close to 30-percent from about a year ago. And that has gun makers, like Thompson Center Arms, smiling.
" Handgun sales have done the same thing. They’re way up. We’ll ride that wave as long as we can," said Ernie French, Thompson Center Arms.
Some gun owners are stocking up, because they feel it’s a good investment. Others are worried what the future will bring.

but here’s the latest data on boats sales
MIAMI, Fla. – Unit sales of powerboats 15 feet in length and above dropped about 28 percent in 2008, compared to 2007, according to Info-Link Technologies Inc.’s Bellwether Report, which has been updated through December



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Boy I have to scratch my head when I think of a state as small as Maryland harvesting 100k deer. It’s similar to the ND harvest with a state smaller than Cass County if I had to guess.


Do tough economic times make deer hunters hunt harder? Yes, according to the Maryland DNR’s State Deer Project Leader Brian Eyle, who reports that hunters killed 100,437 deer during the 2008-2009 season, the highest total harvest since the state began modern deer management practices in the early 1900s.

full story here

Access The Outdoors

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here’s a new website for hunting, fishing and trapping that is linked on the side bar. 

Access The

Sportsmens Allianace defends Palin

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In a letter to Palin, the U.S. Sportsmen’s Alliance defends the state program as rigorously regulated and scientifically based. The group attacks a recent “public relations blitz” by Defenders of Wildlife as a publicity stunt, saying effective wildlife management requires that “emotional pleas not substitute for reasoned analysis.”

The Sportsmen’s Alliance is a national political coalition of sporting groups, mostly local and regional groups. Eight organizations, including the Boone and Crockett Club, co-signed the group’s letter to Palin.

Read the full story here in the Anchorage Daily News

podcast from Joel Heitkamp show

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Here’s a link this past Friday podcast from the Joel Heitkamp show. You can click this link to listen at
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weekend Outdoors Live

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This weekend on Outdoors Live we’ll bring you an update from ND State Senator Mac Schneider from the ND Senate Natural Resources committee and find out how fishing is across the state with Pat Stockdill’s central dakota outdoors report. Also Jon Mitzel from Dakota Country Magazine and Nancy Boldt on the winter Becomming and Outdoorswoman event. All this on Saturday from 3-4PM and again Sunday morning at 7AM.

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