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Mallard numbers were strong again this spring in North Dakota and remain the most abundant species in the state along with blue-winged teal. (N.D. Game and Fish Department photo)

Survey tallies gain in N.D. spring duck numbers

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Spring duck numbers in North Dakota were up 23 percent from last year and 110 percent higher than the long-term average from 1948 to 1913, the Game and Fish Department said this week.

According to Mike Szymanski, waterfowl biologist for Game and Fish in Bismarck, results from the annual spring breeding duck survey in May showed an index of 4.9 million birds.

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