posted on October 19, 2012 21:18
Things are looking really good this season in North Dakota.
Pheasant hunters should expect to see lots of birds in the state this fall.
North Dakota has always kind of taken a backseat to its neighbor to the south when it comes to pheasant hunting, but North Dakota really has something special to offer hunters.
Just last season there were around 80,000 hunters that harvested over 650,000 birds. That’s an incredible number putting North Dakota pheasant hunting right there with the top states in the US for pheasant hunters. The number of licensed hunters was actually down from the previous year, but the birds were there to be had.
There are a few great factors that should lead to some excellent hunting this season. The winter was mild last year and the spring was perfect for hatching. There should be lots of carryover birds and new birds out in the field and in the brushy areas.
Depending on how the weather is this fall you should find plenty of opportunities to harvest the birds. The experts in the field have been seeing lots of pheasants and that’s always a good sign as we get closer to the opening weekend. If the winter comes in similar to last year the season should be a good one all the way through until the closing day.
Something to keep in mind about hunting this year is that the harvest has been early in many parts of the state. Drought has taken over much of the US this summer and fall and it’s led to some early harvesting including hay and grasses used by pheasants and other upland birds. The thought is this early harvest and a few other factors will cut down on the future populations.
Some of the government programs are going away after this year. Those are aimed at protecting certain grass areas and crops and now they’re going away a little bit. We’ll have to wait and see how things go for future seasons, but this season is looking great.
Get out there and enjoy it.