STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK North Dakota pheasant counts up 30 percent from last year
North Dakotas roadside pheasant survey counts are out today, and they indicate that the number of birds and broods are both up statewide, according to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Stan ... Posted on 9/17/14 at 2:16 PM
NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND 2014 pheasant brood numbers up 30% in North Dakota
North Dakotas roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicates total birds and number of broods are up statewide from 2013.
Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor fo... Posted on 9/17/14 at 10:52 AM
STAFF BLOG SOUTH DAKOTA OUTDOOR ADVENTURES Saving the tundra by controlling snow geese
Some of you may have seen today's article about snow goose populations in North America in The Daily Republic. While light goose overpopulation certainly isn't a new problem as a conservation has been... Posted on 3/14/12 at 8:48 AM
STAFF BLOG WILDWINGS What to do?
Canada geese are again in the news (StatemanJournal.com)out in the land of relatives, Oregon. For reasons which are largely unknown, part of the Alaska-breeding flock has taken to wintering in the Wil... Posted on 11/10/10 at 1:58 PM
STAFF BLOG NORTHLAND OUTDOORS Pheasant hunting tips
According to a DNR wildlife research biologist, pheasants follow a schedule as routine as your daily commute to and from work. Understanding the pheasant's daily movements can increase your odds of fl... Posted on 9/16/10 at 8:50 AM
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. -- Presented with a set of recommendations, Gov. Dennis Daugaard on Tuesday committed to taking action to improve the pheasant population in South Dakota.
Daugaard spoke with various officials and members of the media Tuesday at the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department's Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls. He announced several new initiatives aimed at improving pheasant habitat in the state, including the creation of a fund dedicated to providing money directly to conservation.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D. -- Mark Fisher says he’s never seen as many ducks before breeding season as he did that rainy, early May day this past spring in the Devils Lake Basin.
A biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Devils Lake, Fisher was returning to Devils Lake after completing a waterfowl count.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- For Randy Kreil, the decision to retire and the reasons for retiring are intensely personal, but the now-former wildlife chief of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department says it came down to this: Life is short.
WEST FARGO, N.D. -- Like a lot of people my age and older, my early impression of a wildlife professional was the Marlon Perkins/Jim Fowler “Wild Kingdom” type that millions of people got to see them working directly with wild animals in exotic places.
ELY, Minn. — A convergence of Boy Scouts buzzed around the landing at Prairie Portage east of Ely, where Sucker Lake pours its clear waters into Basswood Lake at the Canadian border. A July afternoon, 2014.
DULUTH -- Minnesota’s bear season is just a week away, and hunters will see another conservative framework. State wildlife officials have been trying for the past few years to increase the state’s bear population.
In the land of game fish and wildlife there have been success stories.
The Canada goose was almost gone and now their numbers have reached a point where they are becoming a nuisance in many places.
There is more deer and elk on the continent today than at any other time in modern history.
When we do things right we can make a big difference.
It’s unfortunate, however, that when it comes to game, fish and wildlife we don’t do it right more often.
Tim Kessler readily admits South Dakota's pheasant hunting is at a critical point in state history.
"We're getting close to a tipping point in habitat going too far the wrong direction, and if we get too severe of a loss, our pheasant numbers will be too far down to rebuild," said Kessler, a member of Pheasants Forever's National Board of Directors. "We've lost 1.5 million acres of grassland in South Dakota since our height in the mid-2000s because of conversion to cropland. If we continue to have that kind of loss in grass, it will make it extremely hard to have the pheasants to come back.”
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