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Behind the Scenes of ND Outdoors Segment

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We've been airing North Dakota outdoors for years during our Sunday night newscasts.

Recently, Game and Fish aired their 1,000th episode.

Jared Piepenburg meets up with videographer Mike Anderson and host Tom Jensen for a behind the scenes look at what goes into every story.

"It isn't like you can just call them up and say 'hey I'm coming tomorrow to film,' ya know," Mike Anderson says.

"We spend a lot of time in a blind. We spend a lot of time hiding behind a tree trying to get the essay video that we need to do the story. We do a lot of waiting," Tom Jensen says.

and the waiting pays off..

"This snow geese video behind me here I just happened to be driving down the road and the guy that was with me said 'there is no way you are going to get close.' I just kept taking baby steps and the next thing you know I was behind a hay bail that was about ten feet away from them," Anderson says.

Mike Anderson has been with the Game and Fish for 19 years.

"It is something different every day," Anderson says.

Over the years, some stories stand out more than others.

"That was go out and tag mountain lion kittens and I get to go with. We get there and there is 4 mountain lion kittens. It was probably one of my most exciting adventures I've ever been on," Anderson said.

Tom Jensen and Mike Anderson travel the state as a team to capture what the Game and Fish Department is up to.

They are always on the hunt to find stories the outdoors offers to the public.

"We bring it back and edit it and share it with the rest of North Dakota. I mean we educate the public on what our department is up to," Anderson says.

Filming the biologist at work around the state has offered much to the duo on what they've seen.

Whether it be releasing trophy walleye, to big horn sheep, and even witnessing a bird that only about 15 people have ever seen.

"There was a unique sage grouse hybrid. We get there and sure enough there is the bird dancing, and I filmed a bird that has probably never been filmed before," Anderson said.

"He is very conscientious of what he shoots. He has the opportunity to shoot some very unique animals and very unique situations and he is very good at what he does," Jensen said.

The time, effort, and patience along with the eye to capture what North Dakota offers outdoors means a lot to not only the audience, but to those behind the scenes.

"To me that is the most rewarding part of the whole job. It is being able to share what I film with the rest of the people in North Dakota and really the United States," Anderson said.

Besides ND Outdoors, which we air every Sunday, they also offer much more on their web site including a weekly Webcast.

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