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North Dakota Seeing Increase in Deer Hunting Licenses

He says the prospects for hunting are decent all around this year

  NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota has issued 54,500 deer gun licenses in anticipation for the 2017 deer season. The state has seen an uptick in licenses since 2015 after sliding in 2007. Jeb Williams is the wildlife division chief for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department. He says the prospects for hunting are decent all around this year….

Minnesota Deer Hunters Register Nearly 70,000 Deer

The total harvest last year was about 173,000

  MINNESOTA — Minnesota hunters registered about the same number of deer during the first two days of the season as last year. The DNR says of the nearly 71,00 deer registered, 57 percent were bucks compared with 67 percent during the first weekend of the hunt last year. The agency predicts about 200,000 deer will be taken during this…

More Female Hunters Applying for Licenses in Minnesota

Reports show about 70,000 of Minnesota's 550,000 hunters are women, up from the 55,000 female hunters in 2010

  MINNESOTA — Minnesota DNR officials say despite the declining overall number of hunters, more women are taking on the sport. Reports show about 70,000 of Minnesota’s 550,000 hunters are women, up from the 55,000 female hunters in 2010. Linda Bylander with the DNR says this is largely because more and more women want to use wild game meat as…

Aspiring Young Hunters Revive a Declining Sport in Fergus Falls

Dozens of kids and teens practice their shotgun shooting in preparation for the real thing

FERGUS FALLS, Minn — Pheasant hunters in Fergus Falls are getting kids behind the barrel to revive a sport on the decline. This after the DNR estimates Minnesota’s hunting population is down by about 20,000 in the past decade. From ages 12 to 17, dozens of boys and girls are carrying on a tradition. “I started shooting when I was…

Teen Shot In Leg While Duck Hunting With Fellow Teen

They Were In A Boat On North Union Lake

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Minn. — A teen was accidentally shot while duck hunting Saturday in Douglas County. The sheriff’s office says the 16-year-old boy and a 17-year-old hunting partner were in a boat on North Union Lake. Investigators say the 17-year-old believed his shotgun was empty and put it in a case. He later leaned over the side of the boat…

Pheasant Numbers Drop to Near Record Levels

A similar survey in South Dakota shows a 45 percent drop

  NORTH DAKOTA — Pheasant numbers in the Dakotas are down to some of the lowest levels on record. Biologists say the drop is blamed largely on the worst drought to hit the states in decades. North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August shows the number of birds is down 61 percent from last year. A…

North Dakota’s Early Canada Goose Hunting Set to Open August 15th

Hunters are limited to 15 birds daily and only 45 may be in possession

NORTH DAKOTA — North Dakota’s early Canada goose hunting season is set to open August 15th and has the same requirements as last year. The state Game and Fish Department says the season goes until September 15, except for the Missouri River Zone, when the season ends September 7th. Hunters are limited to 15 birds daily and only 45 may…

Doe Licenses Remain Available in North Dakota

Online applications can be made starting Tuesday

  NORTH DAKOTA — More than 2,800 doe licenses remain after North Dakota’s deer gun license lottery. The state Game and Fish Department says in-state applicants who were unsuccessful in the first lottery can apply for remaining licenses. Online applications can be made starting Tuesday. Paper applications for remaining licenses will be mailed to hunters next week. The deadline for…

ND Game and Fish Department: Many Successful Deer Hunters Last Season

Hunter success for white-tailed bucks was 72 percent and for white-tailed does 60 percent.

NORTH DAKOTA — Two-thirds of North Dakota deer hunters had success in bagging an animal last season. The state Game and Fish Department made 49,000 deer gun licenses available last year. Officials say 44,140 deer hunters took to the field, taking about 29,300 deer. Hunter success for white-tailed bucks was 72 percent and for white-tailed does 60 percent. A record…

Investigation Continues into Hunting Homicide Near Little Falls

They returned to the property near Little Falls where Terrence Brisk was shot and killed last November and found additional evidence

MORRISON COUNTY, Minn. — Investigators are hoping new evidence will catch the killer of a deer hunter. They returned to the property near Little Falls where Terrence Brisk was shot and killed last November and found additional evidence. It has been turned over to the BCA for analysis. Brisk was shot while hunting alone. Officials say initial evidence was found…