Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 36

Dakota Digest 2015 Pheasant Season Summarized The number of pheasants taken last year in North Dakota was similar to 2014, according to statistics compiled by the state Game and Fish Department. Last year, more than 85,000 hunters (up 9 percent) harvested nearly 590,000 roosters (up 0.4 percent). In 2014, 78,000 hunters took 587,000 roosters. Counties with the highest percentage of pheasants taken by resident hunters in 2015 were Morton, 7.4 percent; Hettinger, 6.4; Grant, 5.8; Stark, 5.8; and McLean, 5.7. Top counties for nonresident hunters were Hettinger, 20.3 percent; Bowman, 11.7; Divide, 6.8; Adams, 5.8; and Emmons, 5.1. Annual pheasant season statistics are determined by a mail survey of resident and nonresident hunters. In South Dakota, 65,000 residents and 82,000 nonresident hunters tallied 1.25 million birds, slightly more than the 2014 season. South Dakota’s numbers, going into the season, were expected to be higher, but adverse weather in the early part of the season was blamed for keeping hunters at bay. GREAT WINTER FISHING! Zippel Bay Resort on Lake of the Woods! Nearly $49 Million in Grants to Protect Waterfowl U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that $48.8 million in grants have been approved by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, which provides the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners the ability to purchase, lease or otherwise conserve more than 275,000 acres of wetland and associated upland habitats for waterfowl, shorebirds and other birds across North America. The grants, made through the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), will be matched by $86 millio n in partner funds. North Dakota Drift Prairie Project V will receive $1 million to protect and enhance 5,091 acres of prairie wetlands in Kansas, including an important whooping crane stopover site. Other birds that will benefit include pintails, least terns and king rails. The Commission also approved expenditures of $10.8 million from the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund to conserve 7,200 acres for six national wildlife refuges, through purchases of fee-title land and conservation easements. These funds were raised largely through the sale of Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as “Duck Stamps.” For every dollar spent on Federal Duck Stamps, approximately 98 cents goes to acquire or lease habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System. Full Service Resort! Sleeper house shallow water for morning and evening walleye bite with deep water day house for the mid-day bite! PLOWED ICE ROADS! Glenn Gilbertson Now Booking For Summer 2017! Open Year Round! 6080 39th St. NW Williams, MN 1-800-222-2537 www.zippelbay.com Page 36, Dakota Country, October 2016 HAVE DAMAGE? WELDING, PROP REPAIR & MARINE SKEG OR PROP BENT? (We repair both) Aluminum & Stainless Steel props for sale & custom built trailers! HOURS; Evenings 5-7 Sat. by Appt. 2204 20th Ave. SW Minot, ND 58701 838-1043 • 838-4342 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com