Hunters in northwest Minnesota shot fewer deer this fall than during any season since 1998, numbers from the Department of Natural Resources show.
Hunters in the DNR’s Northwest Region registered 53,881 deer during the firearms deer season, a decline of 8 percent from 58,751 in 2010 and the lowest since 1998, when hunters registered 46,447 deer.
Longtime game warden Gary Rankin marks 35th deer season With a work area that covers about 3,000 square miles and includes Grand Forks County and parts of Traill, Steele, Griggs, Walsh and Nelson counties, N.D. Game and Fish Department game warden Gary Rankin will log a lot of cab time in his unmarked pickup by the time deer season ends Nov. 20. Friday marked his 35th deer opener.
Hunting law was stricter then Eighty years ago, during fall 1931, Herbert Hoover was president, the Dick Tracy comic strip debuted, and what often is considered the beginning of North Dakota’s modern day deer season began.
More tales ahead next few weeks I live in a great neighborhood. While most people think their neighborhood is the best, I know mine is. I’m not trying to pick a fight, but it’s the best I could ask for, with a mixture of ages and backgrounds probably not much different than many neighborhoods in the state. When I stop and ponder for a moment, I have to go a few houses in each direction to find a home without a hunter or angler in it.
Every day after my alarm goes off, my first order of business is to start the coffee. And no matter what time I turn in at night, the last step is to double-check to make sure the doors are locked and the kids are tucked in.
Most kids in the region grow up looking forward to the Christmas season. Even before Thanksgiving turkey is served, they are counting the days before they can open their share of the wrapped boxes beneath the tree. Many hunters feel that way about October. While September offers its archery and dove and grouse and crane and waterfowl openers, hunters count the days until pheasant season starts and the number of “presents” to choose from on any given day is at its peak.
Lack of ducks shouldn’t be a problem in North Dakota, depending on the weather and how it affects migration. The Game and Fish Department’s annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 4.1 million birds, down 9 percent from last year but 85 percent above the long-term average and the ninth-highest on record.
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