PHEASANT (MALE PHEASANTS ONLY)
- Open Area: Statewide
- Opens: October 12 (Exception: See delayed opener area)
- Closes: January 5
- Daily Limit: 3
- Possession Limit: 12
- Shooting Hours: 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset
PHEASANT (MALE PHEASANTS ONLY)
North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicates total birds, number of broods and average brood size are all down statewide from 2012.
Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, said the survey shows total pheasants are down 30 percent from last year. In addition, brood observations were down 29 percent, and the average brood size was down 10 percent. The final summary is based on 253 survey runs made along 101 brood routes across North Dakota.
“Poor production this spring resulted in fewer young birds added to the population and a lower fall population in all areas of the state,” Kohn said.
Noteworthy factors cited for the decrease in brood numbers, according to Kohn, were continued land use changes in the prime pheasant range, including removal of Conservation Reserve Program acres, grasslands converted to croplands and small grain fields converted to row crops; and continuous wet spring weather.
“Earlier this summer we thought it was possible that nesting season was delayed enough to avoid an influence from the cold, wet spring,” Kohn said, “but it now appears that wasn’t the case.”
Kohn said even though statistics reveal bird numbers are down statewide, there will still be local areas with good pheasant populations.
Statistics from southwestern North Dakota indicate the number of birds observed was down 25 percent from 2012, and the number of broods was down 22 percent. Observers counted 15 broods and 126 birds per 100 survey miles. The average brood size was 5.8.
Results from the southeast show birds are down 43 percent from last year, and the number of broods down 42 percent. Observers counted five broods and 49 birds per 100 miles. The average brood size was 5.9.
Statistics from the northwest indicated pheasants are down 39 percent from last year, with broods down 32 percent. Observers recorded six broods and 48 birds per 100 miles. Average brood size was 5.5.
The northeast district, generally containing secondary pheasant habitat with much of it lacking good winter cover, showed one brood and seven birds per 100 miles. Average brood size was 4.7. Number of birds observed was down 35 percent, and the number of broods recorded was down 33 percent.
The 2013 regular pheasant season opens Oct. 12 and continues through Jan. 5, 2014
2 mountain lions have been taken in the quota zone. More info here:
The deadline is months away, but now is the time to frame the perfect photograph for acontest that will determine the cover of the 2014 Private Land Open To Sportsmen guide.
From end-of-day hunting shots, to scenic action or landscape shots, the North Dakota Game and Fish Department wants to feature hunter photos on the 2014 PLOTS cover and elsewhere that showcase North Dakota’s strong hunting heritage.
The department’s free PLOTS guide, which highlights walk-in hunting areas across the state, was first published in the late 1990s.
The only real contest guideline is that photos must include a PLOTS sign, front-facing or silhouette.
The contest deadline is April 30, 2014. Log on to the Game and Fish Department’s website,gf.nd.gov, to learn more about contest prizes, rules and entry information.
It’s more difficult than usual to get a feel for the waterfowl migration. The weekend storm was HUGE in the SW and central portions of ND moving out the local ducks & geese, it’ll take awhile for the migration to fill in. Beyond that the federal government shut down means the usual Fish and Wildlife Service info from all the refuges in northern tier of North Dakota are non-existent. So if you have anything to report post it up or shoot an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Last week was quite active with moose, elk and even a mountain lion involved in vehicle-critter accidents. Let’s keep vigilant:
Motorists are reminded to watch for deer along roadways, especially this time of year, because juvenile animals are dispersing from their home ranges.
October through early December is the peak period for deer-vehicle accidents. Motorists are advised to slow down and exercise caution after dark to reduce the likelihood of encounters with deer along roadways. Most deer-vehicle accidents occur primarily at dawn and dusk when deer are most often moving around.
Motorists should be aware of warning signs signaling deer are in the area. When you see one deer cross the road, look for a second or third deer to follow. Also, pay attention on roadways posted with Deer Crossing Area caution signs.
Deer-vehicle accidents are at times unavoidable. If an accident does happen, a new law passed by the 2013 state legislature eliminates the need for the driver involved in an accident to notify law enforcement authorities, if only the vehicle is damaged. Deer-vehicle accidents that involve injury or other property damage still must be reported.
In addition, a permit is still required to take parts or the whole carcass of a road-killed deer. Permits are free and available from game wardens and local law enforcement offices.
A few precautions can minimize chances of injury or property damage in a deer-vehicle crash.
1 cat taken so far in the quota zone for the 2013 North Dakota mountain lion season. More details here:
North Dakota’s two-day youth pheasant season is Oct. 5-6. Legally licensed residents and nonresidents ages 15 and younger may hunt roosters statewide.
Resident youth hunters, regardless of age, must possess a fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate and general game and habitat license. Nonresident youth hunters from states that provide a reciprocal licensing agreement for North Dakota residents qualify for North Dakota resident licenses. Otherwise, nonresident youth hunters must purchase a nonresident small game license.
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to sunset. Youth ages 12 and older need to have passed a certified hunter education course. The daily bag limit and all other regulations for the regular pheasant season apply.
An adult at least 18 years of age must accompany the youth hunter in the field. The adult may not carry a firearm.
See the 2013 North Dakota Small Game Hunting Guide for additional information.
Did some young hunter or someone you know shoot their first duck? Well here’s a neat deal from Delta Waterfowl:
New waterfowl hunters can collect a handsome First-Duck Pin from Delta Waterfowl to celebrate the event, just like 11-year-old Bradley Rohen of Belmont, Mich., who shot a drake wood duck in September.
Young hunters can earn a first-duck pin and other prizes by sending a letter detailing the experience, along with a high-quality photo, to Worth Mathewson, P.O. Box 130, Amity OR 97101. Letters must be written by the hunter, and only quality photos will be used.
Submissions can also be sent by e-mail to email@example.com. Be sure to include your age and mailing address. Pins will be awarded for all submissions, but to be eligible for additional prizes, hunters must send a letter and photo to Worth Mathewson.
Out-of-state hunters are reminded that state law does not allow nonresidents to hunt on North Dakota Game and Fish Department owned or managed lands during the first week of the pheasant season.
Private Land Open to Sportsmen acreage and state wildlife management areas are open to hunting by resident hunters only from Oct. 12-18. Nonresidents, however, can still hunt those days on other state-owned and federal lands, or private land.
The law applies to all small game, waterfowl, furbearer and big game hunting on PLOTS and state wildlife management areas during the first seven days of the pheasant season. Starting Oct. 19 this year, nonresidents may hunt on PLOTS and WMAs as long as the appropriate season is open.