THE NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND tentative opening dates for 2014
To help North Dakota hunters prepare for hunting seasons in 2014, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department annually provides its best estimate for opening dates for the coming year.
Dates be... Posted on 12/4/13 at 5:39 AM
For many hunters, November is a peak and valley, the best of times and the worst of times. As North Dakota’s popular deer gun hunting season opens and closes, thousands of hunters begin and end their hunting activities within the 16½ days the regular season takes place.
At the same time that N.D. deer license numbers first inched higher than 140,000, a new program called Sportsmen Against Hunger came on the scene, working with local wildlife clubs and deer processors to develop a way for hunters to donate venison to community food pantries.
It’s a safe assumption that few hunters ever leave home thinking, “I just might end up in a hunting accident today.” That’s how it should be with hunting, as well. “It can’t happen to me,” is not the best attitude to bring to the field.
State Game and Fish Department biologists conduct a variety of studies every year. The familiar ones are those that provide counts or indexes that factor into season setting and limits, and also set hunter and angler expectations.
Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook.
For good reason, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department makes every effort to explain waterfowl hunting rules and regulations that hunters will need to know as they take the field this fall. That includes daily bag limits, species restrictions, season lengths, special zones and hunting hours.
For most of us, the road traveled matters little once we’ve arrived at our destination. Seldom do we realize — or appreciate — while beginning a pheasant hunt across the prairie, the time and energy it took to provide access to a public hunting spot.
Hunters aren’t much different than sports fans when looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike.
North Dakota’s early Canada goose season has been around for more than a decade. It’s a specific effort to put additional hunting pressure on the rising population of giant Canada geese — the only goose species that nests and raises its young within the state.
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