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N.D. PHEASANT NOTES: Finley Wildlife Club sets youth pheasant hunt, Women's pheasant hunts scheduled in North Dakota, Windsor 'After the Hunt' promotion returns for another season

Finley Wildlife Club sets youth pheasant hunt The Finley (N.D.) Wildlife Club is hosting its annual Youth Pheasant Hunt on Sunday, Oct. 21, on private lands around the Finley area. As part of the hunt, the Wildlife Club purchases and releases phe...

Rachel Bush, state coordinator for Pheasants Forever in North Dakota, said opportunities like the upcoming women-only pheasant hunts fit with the conservation group's commitment to recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Bush/ Pheasants Forever)
Rachel Bush, state coordinator for Pheasants Forever in North Dakota, said opportunities like the upcoming women-only pheasant hunts fit with the conservation group's commitment to recruiting, retaining and reactivating hunters. (Photo courtesy of Rachel Bush/ Pheasants Forever)

Finley Wildlife Club sets youth pheasant hunt

The Finley (N.D.) Wildlife Club is hosting its annual Youth Pheasant Hunt on Sunday, Oct. 21, on private lands around the Finley area.
As part of the hunt, the Wildlife Club purchases and releases pheasants at several locations around the area. There’s no charge for youth hunters to participate.
Registration is required and begins at 7 a.m. Oct. 21 at the Finley American Legion Hall, 600 Lincoln Ave. S. New maps of the areas open to hunting will be available, and hunters must follow state Game and Fish Department regulations and license requirements.
For more information, contact Mike Stromsodt, president of the Finley Wildlife Club, at (701) 789-0583.
-- Herald staff report

Women's pheasant hunts set

Tapping into the nation's growing demographic of female hunters, Pheasants Forever and its partners in North Dakota are offering a variety of upland hunting opportunities this fall for women.

"In addition to our habitat conservation mission, Pheasants Forever remains a national leader for tackling the issues of hunter recruitment, retainment and reactivation," Rachel Bush, state coordinator for Pheasants Forever in North Dakota, said in a statement.

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From 2011 to 2016, the National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife-Associated Recreation indicated a steep drop in hunters nationwide from 13.7 million to 11.5 million. While the numbers are cause for concern, the number of women hunters has remained steady at nearly 11 percent. As vital contributors to conservation, more women involved with hunting equals more license sales and future investments through the Pittman-Robertson Act, funneling 11 percent of sales tax on all firearms, ammunition and other sporting accessories back to states for strengthening public access and wildlife populations.

Here's a look at upcoming women-only pheasant hunts:

Hunt No. 1

• When: Sunday, Oct. 14.

• Where: Jamestown, N.D.

• Who: Stutsman County Wildlife Federation.

• Info: Cathleen O'Higgins, (701) 251-8023; ohigginsc@gmail.com ; and www.facebook.com/stutsmancountywildlifeclub .

Hunt No. 2

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• When: Sunday, Nov. 4.

• Where: Regent, N.D.

• Who: Pheasants Forever in North Dakota.

• Info: Rachel Bush, (701) 403-4853; rbush@pheasantsforever.org .

-- Herald staff report

'After the Hunt' promotion returns

Windsor Canadian again this fall is sponsoring its "After the Hunt" promotion for North Dakota pheasant hunters.

As part of the promotion, Windsor Canadian recently released 300 banded pheasants across North Dakota's primary pheasant range. Each band includes a phone number for participants 21 and older to to call after they bag a banded bird to enter a sweepstakes drawing held after the season.

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Prizes include five gift certificates totaling $1,500 redeemable at Scheels All Sports stores, along with about $4,500 in Windsor Canadian prizes.

Hunters who shoot one of the specially tagged birds during the regular North Dakota pheasant season must report their band before Jan. 20. During the 2017 season, hunters from 10 states reported taking 66 banded roosters across North Dakota's pheasant range, one of the most taken during the promotion's 11-year run.

For a complete set of "After the Hunt" rules, send a self- addressed, stamped envelope to Windsor Canadian "After the Hunt," RNDC, 1406 N. 47th St., Fargo ND 58102.

-- Herald staff report

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