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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

John Pollmann

A look at North Dakota’s record-breaking midwinter waterfowl survey

Unseasonably warm weather and a lack of snow cover contributed to a record number of Canada geese observed by wildlife officials in North Dakota during the annual midwinter survey of waterfowl in the state.
According to Mike Szymanski, North Dakota Game and Fish Department chief migratory game bird management supervisor, more than 300,000 Canada geese were counted during the survey, far surpassing the previous record of just over 220,000 Canada geese.

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Impact of a mild winter on wildlife just one of the story lines North Dakota Game and Fish is following in 2024

A year ago, North Dakota was in the middle of what would prove to be a long, difficult winter season. But 12 months later, the state has largely escaped those same harsh conditions.

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Is the duck boom about to bust? Some of the numbers are concerning

It’s been a tough year for our waterfowl-hunting friends down South. The few rounds of severe winter weather that affected wetland and food conditions in Canada, North Dakota, and South Dakota during the months of October, November, and December were enough to push some ducks and geese out of the breeding grounds.

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Mild weather causing a waterfowl flight delay in the Dakotas

The late-October winter storm that delivered big winds, dropped snow, and sent temperatures plummeting across portions of North Dakota and South Dakota was supposed to be a game-changer for waterfowl numbers in these two states.
Meanwhile, hunters in mid-latitude and southern states braced for what was certain to be a massive influx of new ducks and geese – birds that had been enjoying their time in the Prairie Pothole Region before Old Man Winter sent them packing.

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South Dakota walleye record falls again as Pierre angler catches nearly 18-pound fish

After standing for more than 20 years, the South Dakota state hook-and-line walleye record has fallen for the second time in the past four weeks. The most recent state-record fish, a 17-pound, 13.92-ounce beast, was caught on Nov. 11 by Keith Pazour of Pierre on Lake Oahe.

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Fall hunting hitting full stride in the Dakotas

After weeks of unseasonably high temperatures, the weather has turned cool and crisp in North Dakota and South Dakota on the heels of a wind-whipped cold front last week that blew through the region.
The same frontal system that delivered strong northwest winds and the season’s first frost also ushered in the first real migration of waterfowl into both North Dakota and South Dakota.

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Here are three observations taken from a first duck hunt

It’s been more than 30 years since I enjoyed my first duck hunt, but I still remember many of the details. Hamlin County. A boat ride in the dark with my older brother. Nearly a box and a half of shells fired and nary a feather disturbed on a duck. Fall colors just starting to appear on the cottonwoods at the boat launch. An obsession with waterfowl and waterfowl hunting ignited.
A first-hunt experience sticks with you, and now I have another, as father rather than hunter, to file away in the memory bank.

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