NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND remaining turkey tags
Fall turkey licenses remain in Unit 25 for hunters who do not have a license, or for those who want additional licenses. Hunters are allowed a maximum of 15 licenses for the fall season.
Unit 25 cove... Posted on 10/23/14 at 5:54 AM
STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Pheasant numbers decent on southwestern Minnesota hunt
I joined Joe Nicklay of Finland and his brother-in-law Ron Anderson of Forest Lake, Minn., on a pheasant hunt near Windom, Minn., this week. Between them, they own three Brittanies. The dogs know ho... Posted on 10/17/14 at 2:34 PM
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
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:
MIDDLE RIVER, Minn. — There they were, right in front of him. Two big Canada geese, their wings set, gliding into the decoys just yards away.
As hunting opportunities go, they don’t get much better.
Seth Osburnsen raised his shotgun and squeezed off a single shot.
Not one bird fell. …
Instead, two birds hit the ground with a thud, a pair of very large Canada geese downed with a single shot.
Seth Kihlstadius had a passion for bowhunting, and anytime Tyler Brasel needed a partner in the woods or on the water, Kihlstadius was usually the first person he’d call.
Growing up in Two Harbors, Minn., on Lake Superior, the two were best friends.
“Nine times out of 10,” he’d go, Brasel, 29, of Waskish, Minn., recalled the other day. “Once we got our licenses, we’d skip class and fish steelhead on the Lester River.”
Brasel moved from Two Harbors to Waskish in 2003 after his junior year of high school to help his parents start Bear Paw Guides, a resort on Upper Red Lake, but he and Kihlstadius kept in touch.
Madison Miller had permission to miss a week of school after drawing a hard-to-get elk tag in northwest Minnesota.
She ended up only taking a day.
An eighth-grader at Dakota Middle School in Eagan, Minn., Miller, 13, shot a 6x5 bull elk Sept. 13, the opening day in Zone 20 near Lancaster, Minn.
GRAND RAPIDS. -- More than 15,000 people have applied for licenses to hunt or trap wolves in Minnesota this fall, said Dan Stark, large carnivore specialist for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources at Grand Rapids.
The regular fall waterfowl seasons open Saturday in North Dakota and Minnesota, and hunters will be going afield amid the backdrop of record high spring duck populations.
Water conditions are good, and hunters in both states shouldn’t be lacking for opportunities.
“If you’re a duck hunter, you’ve got a lot to look forward to,” said Mike Szymanski, waterfowl biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck.
DULUTH -- A grouse hunter walking a trail on state land north of Duluth Sunday shot a young wolf that had snapped at his yellow Labrador retriever, said Don Bozovsky, a conservation officer with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
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.
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