Dakota Uplander: Drought Takes Its Toll on SW ND Pheasants

By Nick Simonson As drought conditions continue to grip the heart of North Dakota’s pheasant region, agents of the North Dakota Game and Fish Department, employees of Pheasants Forever and area hunters report that the dry weather has been having a negative impact on the number of young birds they have been seeing. “Anecdotally, I’ve…

Dakota Uplander: Ruffies Remain an Option

By Nick Simonson Recently, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources released its annual spring drumming count survey for Ruffed Grouse, indicating a 57 percent increase in male birds observed on survey routes.  With this significant spike, agents predict that state’s population of its most popular upland bird is nearing its 10-year peak in the decadal…

Dakota Uplander: Crowing Counts Nearly Done, Nesting Underway

By Nick Simonson With the North Dakota Game & Fish Department (NDG&F) wrapping up their spring crowing count surveys for pheasants, agents are able to provide some insight into conditions meeting nesting birds, and what awaits hatching chicks. While some winter mortality of pheasants and other upland birds is expected after a tough start to…