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grouse season from years gone bye

September 13, 2013

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​Grouse and partridge season open up this weekend along with youth waterfowl, sandhill crane, squirrel, ruffed grouse and the close of early Canada goose. Whew. But for most it's the grouse and partridge which take center stage.

It's brought to my mind several thoughts and memories. While upland game won't draw out the crowds and fever the pheasant or deer opener generate they did in my mind in the 1980s.

Sandhill crane season opens Saturday

September 12, 2013

North Dakota’s sandhill crane season opens Sept. 14 and continues through Nov. 10.

Limits are three daily and nine in possession in unit 1 (west of U.S. Highway 281), and two daily and six in possession in unit 2 (east of U.S. Highway 281). Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. each day through Nov. 2. Beginning Nov. 3, shooting hours are extended until 2 p.m. each day.

Hunters are urged to use caution and identify birds to prevent shooting at whooping cranes as they begin their fall migration.

2013 pheasant numbers down 30%

September 10, 2013

North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicates total birds, number of broods and average brood size are all down statewide from 2012.

Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the survey shows total pheasants are down 30 percent from last year. In addition, brood observations were down 29 percent, and the average brood size was down 10 percent. The final summary is based on 253 survey runs made along 101 brood routes across North Dakota.

connecting landowners and deer hunters

September 10, 2013

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is currently working with 18 landowners in 16 hunting units across the state who would like to host hunters with antlerless deer licenses in 2013.

Participating landowners are located in hunting units 2C, 2G2, 2I, 2J2, 2K2, 3A4, 3B3, 3C, 3D1, 3D2, 3E1, 3E2, 3F1, 3F2, 4B and 4E.

The program is not intended for buck hunters, but designed to direct hunters with antlerless licenses to specific areas to reduce deer populations.

Sept 20 2013 North Dakota youth deer season-Doug Leier

September 9, 2013

Friday, Sept. 20 at noon signals the start of a nine-and-a-half day deer hunting season for youth ages 12-15.

Licensed residents ages 12 and 13, and 11-year-olds who turn age 12 in 2013, are allowed to hunt statewide, but only for antlerless white-tailed deer. Resident deer gun hunters age 14 or 15, and 13-year-olds who turn age 14 in 2013, with a “youth season” license, can hunt statewide for any deer, except antlerless mule deer in units 3B1, 3B2, 4A, 4B, 4C, 4D, 4E and 4F. In addition, a special license is required to hunt antlered mule deer in those same units.

email and voicemail

September 6, 2013

I receive plenty of email, phone and text questions. Here’s a couple you may also be wondering. When is the next deer lottery? The deadline for those who did NOT receive a first lottery tag was Sept 4. These all have to be moved into the system so it should be done in couple weeks if there’s no hickups.

Where can I get a duck stamp? The most reliable source is the post office. That’s where I go.

2013 big game transportation regulations-Doug Leier

September 5, 2013

With all the archery deer activity, it's a good time to remind hunters of some specific regulations on transporting deer and other big game.

Big game hunters are reminded of requirements for transporting deer, elk and moose carcasses and carcass parts into and within North Dakota as a precaution against the possible spread of chronic wasting disease.

2013 sandhill crane season is set by Doug Leier

September 4, 2013

North Dakota’s sandhill crane season opens Sept. 14 and continues through Nov. 10.

Limits are three daily and nine in possession in unit 1 (west of U.S. Highway 281), and two daily and six in possession in unit 2 (east of U.S. Highway 281). Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 1 p.m. each day through Nov. 2. Beginning Nov. 3, shooting hours are extended until 2 p.m. each day.

Hunters are urged to use caution and identify birds to prevent shooting at whooping cranes as they begin their fall migration.

Youth waterfowl is Sept 14 & 15

September 3, 2013

North Dakota’s two-day youth waterfowl season is Sept. 14-15. Legally licensed resident and nonresident youth waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger may hunt ducks, geese, coots and mergansers statewide.

The daily bag limit and species restrictions for the youth season are the same as for regular duck and goose seasons.

EHD deer deaths in western North Dakota-Doug Leier

August 29, 2013

Wildlife biologists believe recent reports of white-tailed deer deaths in western North Dakota could indicate the presence of epizootic hemorrhagic disease.

Dr. Dan Grove, State Game and Fish Department wildlife veterinarian, said the reports have characteristics similar to previous EHD events, and initial necropsy results on a freshly dead deer from Burleigh County indicate the potential presence of EHD.

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