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In a year of fewer deer, grouse and pheasants, waterfowl look to be the bright spot on the horizon for North Dakota hunters this fall. The state’s waterfowl season opens Saturday for residents and Sept. 28 for out-of-state hunters.
If the population surveys for deer, pheasants and grouse are any indication, this is going to be one of those falls that separate the hunters who enjoy going afield just to be “out there,” from those who hunt simply to put game in the bag.
Hunters have heard the stories of declining wetlands in the breeding grounds for years, and perhaps have become numb to the threats. But Reynolds feels we've already begun to see a decline in waterfowl production.
Quality and success are two of the more difficult terms that confront fisheries and wildlife managers. In fact, many hunters and anglers probably would nod in agreement that defining quality and success is about as easy as explaining a “normal” weather pattern.
Here’s a closer look at the duck and goose seasons in Minnesota and North Dakota. The first week of season in North Dakota is limited to residents; nonresidents can begin hunting ducks and geese Sept. 29.
Unless something drastic changes between now and next weekend, waterfowl hunters will be in for one of the driest falls in recent history when the regular season for ducks and geese opens Saturday in North Dakota and Minnesota.
Early season ducks, you can make it as easy or difficult as you want to make it. There’ll be time for difficulty later on as ducks get smarter, but early season, it’s like bobber fishing for me. It’s simple, it’s fun; it’s a great time. It’s kind of the start to the fall season.
As reported across the state earlier this week, North Dakota’s fall duck flight is expected to have twice as many birds as last year. Results from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey showed the duck index was up 16 percent from 2011 and 112 percent higher than the long-term average.
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