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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

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.
To learn more about different fish and wildlife species and populations along with conservation, nongame and other information, check out the Game and Fish Department website at
Most of North Dakota's hunter education classes are offered during the winter and into spring.
It is only legal to release fish back into the water immediately after they are caught.