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North Dakota Game and Fish asks hunters to submit wing envelopes for upland game birds

Collecting enough pheasant samples is typically never a problem, but securing enough sharptail and partridge feathers can be.

Sharp-tailed grouse
Sharp-tailed grouse.
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BISMARCK – The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is encouraging hunters to help in the effort to manage upland game birds in North Dakota by collecting feathers from harvested birds and sending in wing envelopes.

Birds included in the Game and Fish Department’s upland game wing survey, which has been in practice for decades, are ring-necked pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse, Hungarian partridge, turkeys and ruffed grouse.

Collecting enough pheasant samples is typically never a problem, but securing enough sharptail and partridge feathers can be.

Game and Fish biologists will take as many sharptail and partridge feathers as they can get because the more collected, the better the data. Biologists can determine if the birds are male or female, age ratios, survival, nesting success, hatch dates and overall production.

What biologists learn from samples is vital to helping manage North Dakota’s upland game birds.

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Instructions for submitting wing data are printed on the envelope.

Interested hunters can order wing envelopes on the Game and Fish website at gf.nd.gov.

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