NORTH DAKOTA OUTDOORS AND BEYOND closed sage grouse in 2013
Results from North Dakotas spring sage grouse survey indicate the number of strutting males observed remains well below management objectives. Therefore, the sage grouse hunting season will remain clo... Posted on 5/15/13 at 11:06 AM
STAFF BLOG OUTDOORS WITH SAM COOK Hunters have average year at national grouse hunt
Hunters at the National Grouse and Woodcock Hunt, held Oct. 14-15 in the Grand Rapids area, harvested 278 grouse. That's about average for the event, which typically draws about 96 hunters.
This year... Posted on 10/18/10 at 9:43 AM
NORTHLAND OUTDOORS Ruffed Grouse Numbers Up in MN, Hunter Numbers Down
From this story (via Upland Journal) in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:
When the 2010 Minnesota ruffed grouse hunting season opens at a half-hour before sunrise Saturday, hunters should encounter good ... Posted on 9/15/10 at 10:36 AM
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has adopted a temporary strategy to protect the greater sage grouse in 10 Western states until it implements a long-term policy for the mainly ground-dwelling bird in a couple years.
Wyoming’s approach to conserving habitat for sage grouse can be adopted by other western states that are home to the chicken-sized, ground-dwelling bird, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said Friday at a meeting aimed at developing a regional strategy for protecting the birds.
Salazar was in Cheyenne with representatives of several federal agencies and states.
For the fourth year in a row, North Dakota will not hold a sage grouse hunting season in 2011.
This was pretty much a certainty after State Game and Fish Department biologists counted a record low number of male sage grouse in their spring survey, but it became official when the 2011 small game proclamation again did not include provisions for sage grouse season dates and bag limits.
By Doug Leier, North Dakota Outdoors
, August 26, 2011
A federal judge has rejected the government's attempt to delay a lawsuit seeking protections for imperiled sage grouse across 11 Western states in a case with potentially sweeping implications for grazing, oil and gas drilling, and residential construction.
MATTHEW BROWN , Associated Press
, July 01, 2011
When North Dakota’s grouse and partridge seasons opens Saturday, hunters should expect to see more grouse than last year, but not as many partridge.
Preliminary results from July and August roadside counts indicate sharp-tailed grouse are up nearly 47 percent statewide from last year, with the number of broods up 30 percent.
While it won’t become official until the annual small game hunting proclamation is finalized later this month, it’s a certainty that North Dakota will not have a sage grouse season again this fall. This will mark the third year in a row that the state has not had an open season on sage grouse, after more than 40 years of limited hunting that started in the mid-1960s.
Doug Leier, North Dakota Outdoors
, July 09, 2010
Farmers and ranchers in 11 western states should be able to protect both their operations and sage grouse habitat through an agreement between two federal agencies.
The arrangement announced Tuesday by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Interior Secretary Ken Salazar involves the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service and Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service.
The agencies will work together to help landowners protect the sage grouse and its habitat. For instance, ranchers could keep cattle from grazing sage grouse areas during the bird’s breeding times.
By Bob Moen, The Associated Press
, April 14, 2010
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