Sharptails On The Prairies

Tom Bell (foreground) of Duluth and Dick Adams of Superior hunt sharptail grouse along a treeline in North Dakota this past week. Bell has been making the trip to western North Dakota for many years.

SHARPTAIL HUNT

Five of us camped on the prairie and hunted sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge for five days this past week near New Town, N.D.  The weather was a bit too warm some days, but hunting was good for both sharptails and Huns.

We were all amazed at the amount of oil-drilling that’s taking place in the area. New drilling technologies and higher prices for crude oil have made it profitable to drill in the Bakken Formation, a 24,000-acre deposit two miles down. It’s a boom atmosphere, and we shared the roads with semi trucks hauling saltwater that’s a byproduct of the drilling.

Look for my story on the trip in Sunday’s News Tribune’s Northland Outdoors section with photos of hunters, their dogs and the North Dakota landscape.

 

1 Response

  1. tw

    theres gold in them thar prairies
    …….some of the gold has feathers…..some of the gold gets shipped via trucks…….

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