by Grand Forks Herald
December 20, 2012 at 5:51 am in Grand Forks Herald
U.S. census data released Thursday shows North Dakota is the leading the nation in population growth and the state’s population is at an all-time high. Continue Reading
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Don’t get too big. I like you guys the way you are.
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I agree.. and I pray the land doesn’t become a pit.. I love hunting out west.
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My husband wants to go prairie dog shooting out west. His friend goes every year and hunts with a guide. They made plans for next year.
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Family has land out in oil country. Great antelope hunting.
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You’re sending them to the hospital? sorry I had to.
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Prairie Dogs….Really? I lived out there for about eight years. I used to get a kick out of seeing them in the back lands of the park when I hiked back there with my mutt (Found out later I wasn’t supposed to have my mutt with me)
I know thei’re a rodent that plays hell with the land on private property, but I used to watch them for quite a while once things settled down and they dared to go about their business. Like a little community with them running back an forth between holes. Have to be careful though because Rattlers are also big fans of Prairie Dog towns. All the times I hiked and camped in the Badlands I never had a serious run in with a Rattler. There is however another grass snake who pretends he’s a Rattler if you get too close. He rises up as if to strike and imitates a rattle sound that scares the hell out of you when you don’t know if he’s real or not. I forgot the species, but it’s an experience….
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It takes a litte skill to be able to shoot a prairie dog. It is a small target and usually at a great distance. You got to have a high-powered scope, an expensive new rifle, a fancy case, and lots of other gadgets … or so I was told at Scheels one afternoon.
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I believe they can smell the bullet coming.. Nothing is more infuriating to hunt then Prairie Dogs.
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You call that hunting? Hell…We used to shoot gophers with 22′s and just the stock sight when we were kids out at the farm. You just sit a ways from the hole and wait. Same thing with Prairie Dogs. You just sit and wait a ways away and they’ll even stand up real nice for you to target them in…..High powered scope and rifles……Sheesh
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It’s the 21st Century TB. You are welcome to join us at any time. It’s free. There is no fee. Or …. live in the past … the choice is yours.
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“New and Improved” doesn’t necessarily translate into “Better”. Just like fishing. I could go fishing with all the newest electronic equipment that probably goes so far as to give a bio on the fish I’m about to catch….Maybe even the family tree. I prefer to use good old fashioned measures to basically hunt for them in the most probable locations. If I strike out, then so be it because when I’m right and they hit….You feel like you really accomplished something.
I’d think it’d be far more sporting and fun to use a smaller caliber gun with far less scope power for an animal that makes themselves such an easy target. But I haven’t hunted for years so maybe I’d need a big old scope to zero in too…
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Prairie dogs use sentries. One watches out while the others are out of their burrows. One little call from him and the rest run for their holes. You can’t get close enough to shoot one with the firepower you mentioned. You need the right equipment.
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bah.. this comment was supposed to go here…. /sigh
You’re sending them to the hospital? sorry I had to.
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How about using “patience” then? The two words are pretty close in spelling and without spell check I have a few typos….I just wish we could edit…
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At least we’re doing it legitimately unlike SD growth from usurious credit card banking practices.
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The quality of life in ND is rapidly decreasing.
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North Dakota’s population growth is the worst thing to happen to the state except for fracking.
The problems caused by fracking will be here after the oil–and excess population–is gone.
Hot debate. What do you think? 18 15
Where is the oil going to go?
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Somplace to be processed into some protrolem product and sold…..What did you think they did with it? I doubt it will run out for many lifetimes so we wont be dealing with it, but prices could plug the wells again just like in the 80′s.
China and India.
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That is twice in one week where we share roughly the same opinion. That is truly frightening.
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Ok..I too don’t like a lot of growth, but I’m getting old so that’s natural. However; It’s inevitable that we either have growth or find ourselves in tough economic times like a lot of places in the country.
I just had a delivery out in Williston about a week ago. The biggest problem I could see out there is that you have this small community with big city traffic (Including outside of Williston) I really don’t care to go out there this time of the year in particular because alon with all that traffic is a lot of people who don’t have winter driving experience behind them. They don’t realize things like it might take onger to stop on slick roads so you shouldn’t pop out in front of a big truck without giving a lot of space, or you shouldn’t over drive either your road or sight condition…..I saw all of that in my day around Williston where there was snow, ice and thick fog…..It was a lovely time.
They’re going through big time growing pains from traffic, housing, and I’m guessing even shopping . Most places like Forks grow slow so it kind of creeps up on us that there’s more people here. That way it’s not so shocking. Out there it’s gone from sleepy cow town to big city busy almost over night……Tough adjustments…
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There goes the neighborhood. People in GF have a fit over a few hundred refugees. How are all the old timers going to deal with the change brought on by the spillover from out west?
ND blessing and curse will be most of the new population will be part of a revolving door. People will come for a few years, leave, and be replaced by the next wave.
The blessing is the losers have an expiration date and then they are gone. The curse is no commitment. ND will be like a rental car: you use it till your time is up then you move on.
Either way the change-o-phobic people in this state will not be getting their way. Things will definitely be changing. Not just out west but everywhere.
That billion dollar surplus may end up costing more than people realize
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You ever see the condition those rental cars are in by the time they go on the market after being used by so many good caring renters? That’s right….About the same here…
Exactly TB. You got what I was hinting at
Be interesting to see how the influx changes the political panorama. You had a whole mess of people fleeing Taxachussettes for New Hampshire. Suddenly Democrats were being elected.
The biggest change I see will be a shift from of the nexis of power from the east to the west. Even though Bismarck is the capital, GF and Fargo have always enjoyed a disproportionate amount of power in state affairs. This was usually a reflection of population (both “flagship” universities within 70 miles of each other and both as close to the eastern border of the state as you can possibly get).
As the population centers change, this power will by definition be degraded.
That should really make the farmers howl.
We don’t have many fans out there either I don’t think. There was a lot of hard feelings after the last boom when they had to beg for money to help pay for all the bills they had building new streets and such to expand durning the boom…..Money that the rest of the state enjoyed from the oil boom.
Like you said…It’s GF and Fargo they often pointed to as the towns calling all the shots…..I’m sure there’s those who’d love to see the west with more power
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