photo by Harold Umber, ND Game and Fish

Duck Brood Numbers Up From Last Year

State Game and Fish Department biologists expect a fall duck flight from North Dakota that is similar to last year, based on observations from the annual mid-July waterfowl production survey. This year’s brood index came in at 3.89 broods per square mile, which is up 11 percent from last year. The statewide average since the…
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photo by Harold Umber, ND Game and Fish

Hunters Asked To Report Banded Migratory Birds

Hunters are reminded to check harvested migratory birds for bands this fall and report their findings. Information from birds with a federal band should be reported online atwww.reportband.gov. In addition, the bird banding lab has a new, mobile friendly reporting site that will aid hunters to report bands via mobile devices. Those without access to the…
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photoby Craig Birhle, ND Game and Fish

HIP, Federal Duck Stamp Requirements

Harvest Information Program registration for all migratory game bird hunters, regardless of age, and a federal duck stamp for waterfowl hunters age 16 and older, are required beginning Sept. 1. Migratory game birds include ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves and woodcock. Waterfowl includes ducks, geese, swans, mergansers and coots. Hunters can HIP certify…
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photo by Craig Bihrle, ND Game and Fish

Spring Breeding Duck Numbers Tallied

  The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of 3.4 million birds, down 5 percent from last year. “The spring migration was well ahead of normal as open fields and warm temperatures allowed early migrants to pass quickly through the state,” said migratory game…
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photo by Craig Bihrle, ND 
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North Dakota’s Bighorn Sheep Population Up 8%

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual bighorn sheep survey revealed a minimum of 292 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota, up 8 percent from last year and 3 percent above the five-year average. Altogether, biologists counted 88 rams, 160 ewes and 44 lambs. Not included are approximately 30 bighorns in the North Unit…
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