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STAFF BLOG NORTHLAND OUTDOORS Pheasant hunting tips
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CLOQUET, Minn. -- Minnesota’s northern forests will look much different in coming decades as a warming climate encourages tree species like oaks and maples and pushes others, including spruce and fir, out of the region.
BISMARCK, N.D. -- The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has dropped a proposal to limit deer hunters to one deer license next fall, in part because of an outcry of opposition during the public input process.
That means deer hunters in North Dakota will retain the opportunity to apply for rifle and muzzleloader lottery licenses and purchase archery tags over the counter.
BILLINGS, Mont. -- Jim Latvala, a 65-year-old fishing guide from Two Harbors, Minn., shot a six-point bull elk while hunting with his brother on the opening day of the Montana season.
“It was the first time we actually got to hunt together, and me taking this bull, we were elated, euphoric, in la-la land,” Jim Latvala said.
WILLOW LAKE, S.D. — The pheasants had started flushing before we set foot in the cattail slough. It’s that time of year. Though it was only mid-November, an early cold snap and recent snows had begun to bunch up the birds.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- Debate over the potential uses and abuses of unmanned aircraft for hunting is heating up around the country, but North Dakota game officials have already put the matter to rest.
A ban on using unmanned aircraft, referred to as drones in the wording, was included this year and last in several North Dakota Game and Fish Department season opener proclamations.
Under state law, anyone operating a car, snowmobile or aircraft cannot intentionally kill, chase or harass game. The proclamations go on to add it is “illegal to use aircraft for spotting game 72 hours prior to and during the hunting season.”
COTTON, Minn. — Minnesota’s firearms deer opener came whooshing in brisk and breezy Saturday morning. Daylight found Bob Essler of Sauk Center, Minn., in his enclosed deer stand several feet off the ground near Cotton. Even in the sturdy stand, the wind was a factor.
“This thing is rockin’,” said Essler, 76. “First time it’s ever done that.”
TOGO, Minn. — Clyde, a handsome English setter, loped through a stand of young aspen. He was all business. The bell on his collar jingled. His nose sifted the humid October air for the scent of a ruffed grouse or woodcock.
GRAND FORKS -- Following the trend in neighboring states, pheasant numbers are up in North Dakota, and that’s good news for hunters going into Saturday’s pheasant opener.
“I think it’s going to be a lot better than last year definitely,” said Matt Olson, regional biologist for Pheasants Forever in Lisbon, N.D.
“Better than last year” pretty much sums up the outlook for hunting seasons across pheasant country. According to conservation group Pheasants Forever, weather and habitat are two critical ingredients to pheasant populations, and mostly positive weather during the crucial winter and spring seasons has driven pheasant gains in most states. Here’s a roundup on pheasant outlooks for the Dakotas, Minnesota and Montana from Pheasants Forever’s annual fall forecast:
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