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What you need to know about the pheasant hunting seasons

North Dakota opens up Oct. 10 with Minnesota and South Dakota seasons beginning Oct. 15

Taking a pheasant
South Dakota remains the top harvesting state among the tri-state area with more than 1 million birds taken in 2021. The latest figures from North Dakota and Minnesota show both states harvesting less than 300,000 pheasants.
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The pheasant seasons are right around the corner and here is a look at important dates, facts and historical harvests.

MORE HUNTING COVERAGE IN NORTHLAND OUTDOORS:
The late-season hunt will open Friday, Dec. 16, and continue through Sunday, Dec. 18. DPAs open to this CWD management hunt are 184, 605, 643, 645, 646, 647, 648, 649 and 655.
One group of anglers on Blackduck Lake avoided a patch of ice when their chisel broke through the ice and revealed only about 2.5 inches in that location.
The weather has turned a lot of focus onto the ice conditions on Upper Red Lake. The ice is not safe yet and caution should be taken prior to venturing onto any ice.
The moose tag came in May and the antelope in August. I had been applying my whole life and now faced the pressure of filling both of them, with a corn harvest at the same time.
Hank Kohler, who was the keynote speaker last March at the International Water Institute’s River Watch Forum at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, definitely has a gift for gab and a knack for telling a story.
The hunting will be open in select private or public areas of the city to limited numbers of hunters. Read and follow the ordinance well prior to embarking on a hunt.
While mountain lions have been spotted across North Dakota, the core of the population inhabits the Badlands of western North Dakota. Game and Fish first offered a hunting season in 2005.
There was concern after the first three days of season that Minnesota's statewide firearms deer harvest might fall below 100,000 for the first time in years.
Lower deer numbers in the far north and bad weather during season combined for poor hunter success.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources received preliminary test results indicating the first suspected case of chronic wasting disease in a wild white-tailed deer in the Bemidji area. The adult male was harvested opening weekend of the firearms season about 10 miles south of Bemidji in deer permit area 184.

Related Topics: NORTHLAND OUTDOORSHUNTING
Troy Becker
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Show hours are noon to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11.
Law enforcement and natural resources agencies such as the DNR all have issued numerous news releases urging people to put safety first on the ice. Unfortunately, you can't legislate common sense.
The ‘Keep It Clean’ campaign started at Lake of the Woods. More recently, Upper and Lower Red Lake, Mille Lacs Lake, Lake Vermilion and the Fairmont Chain of Lakes came on board.
Catch rates of channel catfish and walleyes were considerably higher than previous surveys.