STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN N.D. pheasant counts drop 30 percent statewide
Stan Kohn had hinted as much last week, and now the prediction from the North Dakota Game and Fish Departments upland game supervisor is official:
Pheasant counts and brood numbers are down statewi... Posted on 9/10/13 at 1:51 PM
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reported last week that sharptail numbers are down a whopping 51 percent from last year, with the number of broods down 50 percent. Hungarian partridge, meanwhile, are down 34 percent, while brood sightings during the roadside surveys declined by 31 percent.
North Dakota outdoorsmen are willing to come to the rescue of the state’s Game and Fish Department as its reserve fund is running out. House Bill 1130 would increase all license fees by 10 percent to 20 percent.
Outdoors enthusiasts who are enjoying summer activities on and around the Missouri River are leaving a lot of litter behind. North Dakota Game and Fish Department water safety coordinator Nancy Boldt says trash is accumulating along the shoreline.
North Dakota's Game and Fish Department is making just 65,300 deer licenses available for the 2012 season, a drop of more than 40 percent from last year and the fewest licenses in nearly a quarter century.
In an effort to cut down on long-term camping, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is implementing camping restrictions effective immediately on some wildlife management areas in western North Dakota and along Lake Sakakawea.
The fish that can weigh 100 pounds spawn in northwestern North Dakota and eastern Montana near the confluence of the Missouri and Yellowstone rivers. They're not endangered, but their numbers are declining and biologists keep close tabs on them.
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