Minnesota Pheasant Count Down 26 Percent From 2016

Minnesota’s pheasant index is down 26 percent from last year, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The 2017 pheasant index, based on August roadside counts, is 32 percent below the 10-year average and 62 percent below the long-term average, DNR officials said. They blame the downturn on a continuing decline in habitat in…
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S.D. Pheasant Counts Down Significantly

The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) department has completed its annual pheasant brood survey and the results show a significant decrease in the statewide pheasants-per-mile (PPM) index from 2016. The 2017 statewide PPM index is 1.68, down from last year’s index of 3.05. “While this news is disappointing, it is not unexpected,” stated…
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Deer Hunt Offered For Hunters With Disabilities

Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is accepting applications for its annual deer hunt for people with disabilities, Oct. 5-8. Deadline is Sept. 1. Rice Lake National Wildlife Refuge is five miles south of McGregor on Minnesota Highway 65. Up to 12 hunters will be able to participate. Hunt organizers will assist hunters with getting from…
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Survey: Continental Duck Numbers Appear On Par With Last Fall

Overall continental duck numbers remain good, and mallard numbers are down slightly from last year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. On Tuesday, the agency released its annual forecast of duck numbers, called the 2017 Trends in Duck Breeding Populations. The report is based on surveys conducted in May and early June. Overall…
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Youth Field Day Happening Aug. 12 At UNS Retreat

The United Northern Sportsmen’s Club and the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association will hold their 10th annual Youth Field Day at 9 a.m. Aug. 12 at the UNS Retreat on Island Lake. The event is free and is open to youths 8 through 17. Youths will rotate through several stations that allow them to try archery…
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