STAFF BLOG COMPASS POINTS WITH BRAD DOKKEN It's official: Feds have reopened waterfowl production areas
There was good news for hunters this afternoon when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is opening more than 288,000 acres of waterfowl production areas in North Dakota that have been clos... Posted on 10/11/13 at 2:53 PM
THE NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND waterfowl migration update
It's more difficult than usual to get a feel for the waterfowl migration. The weekend storm was HUGE in the SW and central portions of ND moving out the local ducks & geese, it'll take awhile for ... Posted on 10/7/13 at 1:13 PM
OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Goose hunting with Matt Keller
I had a chance to spend a morning with Matt Keller, who grew up in Grand Rapids and now makes his home in Bemidji, doing a field hunt for giant Canada geese near Fosston on Tuesday. Matt and his bro... Posted on 10/6/10 at 8:45 AM
PEACE GARDEN MAMA II wind power
This morning, with my mom hat tipped slightly to the side, I went about my work as a visiting author, rising earlier than usual to get started on my hour "commute." At a time when I normall... Posted on 5/5/09 at 2:50 PM
The low water conditions that plagued access for duck hunters in northwest Minnesota last fall are much improved, and reaching that favorite hunting spot by duck boat should be much easier this year. Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens Saturday.
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.
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.
North Dakota hunters will be able to shoot more Canada geese and snow geese this fall as part of their daily limit, and the possession limit for most migratory game birds has tripled, under waterfowl regulations set this week by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Minnesota waterfowl experts are pleased with the outcome of last fall’s duck and goose hunting seasons. According to the Department of Natural Resources, an earlier season opener, regulation changes that created more opportunity and some timely help from Mother Nature all combined to make 2012 a noteworthy season... and more.
Ryan Schuster, a senior at Red River High School, shot what appears to be a Canada goose with albino characteristics, Sept. 23 near Drayton, N.D. “I know this bird gave us an early look at our decoys,” Ryan’s dad, Tom (background), writes. “He came back later in the morning for a closer look and Ryan made a nice shot.” He said the goose is being mounted. Mike Johnson a migratory bird biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said he receives several inquiries about geese with similar appearances. “The bird in the photo is not a true or complete albino, because it has some black feathers and some coloration,” Johnson writes. “Albinism is genetic mutation that suppresses all color pigments in feathers, and soft body parts. True albinos have pink eyes. If it is a Canada-type bird, which I can’t tell from the photo, it is most likely a hybrid with a domestic goose.”
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.
The Service on Friday announced a 74-day season in the Central Flyway — with an additional 23 days in the High Plains areas — and a 60-day season in the Mississippi Flyway. North Dakota is in the Central Flyway, and Minnesota is in the Mississippi Flyway.
The sandhill crane survey, which covers an area from Crookston north through Thief River Falls to the Canadian border, will count both nesting pairs and nonbreeding cranes in the Minnesota hunting zone to better monitor breeding populations.
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