NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND baiting restrictions
Hunters are reminded that hunting big game over bait is prohibited on all state owned or managed wildlife management areas, all U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wildlife refuges and waterfowl p... Posted on 8/22/14 at 6:14 AM
In terms of sheer hunter interest and popularity, the question “How did the deer and pheasants make it through the winter?” is asked more often than “What’s the latest on the bighorn sheep population?”
My short-term memory is sharp enough to recall that the 2013 winter lasted a little too long for my liking, and unless April cross-country skiing or snowmobiling are a draw, I’d suggest ice anglers had plenty of time from last December through March to give way to spring.
Wildlife management has changed over time. One prime example is the historical practice of feeding wildlife — deer, birds and just about everything in between — especially during winter when people perceive a shortage of food.
At the same time that N.D. deer license numbers first inched higher than 140,000, a new program called Sportsmen Against Hunger came on the scene, working with local wildlife clubs and deer processors to develop a way for hunters to donate venison to community food pantries.
It’s a safe assumption that few hunters ever leave home thinking, “I just might end up in a hunting accident today.” That’s how it should be with hunting, as well. “It can’t happen to me,” is not the best attitude to bring to the field.
Hunters aren’t much different than sports fans when looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike.
North Dakota’s early Canada goose season has been around for more than a decade. It’s a specific effort to put additional hunting pressure on the rising population of giant Canada geese — the only goose species that nests and raises its young within the state.
With more than four decades behind me, sometimes 20 years seems like a long time, and sometimes it seems like yesterday. That’s how I feel about the summer of 1993, and specifically July 1993, when much of North Dakota’s landscape went through a dramatic change from dry to wet.
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