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Duck numbers up: Survey tallies gain in North Dakota spring waterfowl population

July 10, 2014 in Uncategorized

BISMARCK — Spring duck numbers in North Dakota were up 23 percent from last year and 110 percent higher than the long-term average from 1948 to 1913, the Game and Fish Department said this week.
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Duck hunter Alex Culp comes to class directly after an morning hunt

October 16, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

DULUTH, Minn. It’s a Tuesday morning in early October. Alex Culp, a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth, has an 11 a.m. communications theory class.
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Rice guy: Backman watches and shoots ducks from his layout boat on one of Minnesota’s popular wild rice lakes

October 9, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

ON BIG RICE LAKE, NEAR VIRGINIA, Minn. Morning is just breaking over Big Rice Lake, and John Backman is right where he loves to be. He’s semi-reclined in his layout boat, surrounded by more than 2,000 acres of golden wild rice and three dozen bobbing decoys.
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Leier: Ducks up, while deer, pheasants down

September 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Many hunters these days are bemoaning a downward population trend for deer and pheasants in North Dakota. On the other hand, for 2013 at least, duck and goose populations are in good shape and can provide opportunities that hunters may not want to overlook.
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Waterfowl continues to ride favorable conditions

September 18, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

GRAND FORKS In a year of fewer deer, grouse and pheasants, waterfowl look to be the bright spot on the horizon for North Dakota hunters this fall.
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ASK THE DNR: How waterfowl seasons are set

September 24, 2011 in Grand Forks Herald

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, with input from the states and flyway councils, determines the annual waterfowl hunting frameworks, which include the earliest opening and latest closing dates, maximum season length and duck bag limits. Continue Reading

Minnesota duck hunting season opens Saturday

October 1, 2010 in Worthington Daily Globe

ST. PAUL As Minnesota duck hunters prepare for Saturday’s season opener, safety experts are reminding them to pack something that could save their lives. Continue Reading

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