Minnesota’s Wolf Population Estimate Up 25 Percent

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said its annual survey showed an estimated 2,856 wolves spread among 500 packs, up from 2,278 wolves in the 2015-2016 survey. Wolf numbers had remained flat for several years before this year’s jump. Read my colleague John Myers’ report on today’s wolf population announcement here.  

Minnesota Duck Hunters Endure Warm, Muggy Opener

Crazy weather greeted duck hunters on Saturday’s waterfowl opener — temperatures in the 80s with high humidity. Here’s a collection of snippets on the weekend’s duck hunting action from Monday morning’s Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer reports: Jeff Humphrey, Cromwell area — “Waterfowl hunters were greeted with unseasonably warm weather and few ducks.…
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Big Broadwing Day On Sunday At Hawk Ridge

Sunday was a big day for broad-winged hawks at Duluth’s Hawk Ridge Bird Observatory. A total of 26,270 broadwings passed over the ridge on Sunday during Hawk Weekend Festival activities. Mid-September traditionally marks the peak of the broadwing migration. Conditions were just right on Sunday with westerly winds following a rainy and nearly windless day…
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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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