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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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Ducks, no dynasty: Hunter numbers dropping in South Dakota

September 20, 2013 in Uncategorized

As the sun breaks the horizon today, many youngsters will take aim at their first feathered target when South Dakota’s 18th annual youth waterfowl hunt begins.

Over the weekend, youths ages 15 and younger will climb into their duck blinds with a…continue reading on mitchellrepublic.com

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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Leier: ND ducks above long-term average

August 28, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

Hunters aren’t much different than sports fans when looking forward to upcoming seasons and learning about expert analysis and predictions. Fall flight forecasts for waterfowl and results from upland game brood surveys will pique the interest of hunters and wildlife managers alike.
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Changing rules for bagging waterfowl

July 10, 2013 in The Daily Republic

Hunters could get bigger limits for ducks and geese.
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ND spring duck numbers dip slightly

June 19, 2013 in The Dickinson Press

BISMARCK The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual spring breeding duck survey showed an index of 3.9 million birds, down 17 percent from last year but still 73 percent higher than the long-term average from 1948 to 2012. Continue Reading

Waterfowl could take hit from drought

January 14, 2013 in The Daily Republic

State biologist expresses concerns about dry spell, other factors.
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Tame ducks shot and killed in Aberdeen city park

January 11, 2013 in The Daily Republic

SIOUX FALLS (AP) Aberdeen police are trying to figure out who shot and killed five tame ducks in a city park.
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DOUG LEIER: Definition of success varies among hunters and anglers

December 1, 2012 in Grand Forks Herald

Quality and success are two of the more difficult terms that confront fisheries and wildlife managers. In fact, many hunters and anglers probably would nod in agreement that defining quality and success is about as easy as explaining a “normal” weather pattern. Continue Reading