Outdoors Notebook: North Dakota Game and Fish Department publishes waterfowl book, Minnesota hunting regs available etc.

N.D. Game and Fish Department

N.D. Game and Fish Department

A new book from the North Dakota Game and Fish Department delves into the state’s rich waterfowl hunting tradition and history.

Authored by Mike Jacobs of Gilby, N.D., and Erik Fritzell of Grand Forks, “The Duck Factory – A History of Waterfowl in North Dakota,” traces the history of waterfowl species and their habitats in North Dakota.

The 213-page, soft-cover book sheds light on a variety of interesting information about the interactions with people and waterfowl in North Dakota, said Mike Szymanski, migratory game bird program leader for Game and Fish in Bismarck.

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“We wanted to make the book appealing to both waterfowl hunters and people interested in history, and I believe we did that,” Szymanski said. “The book is user-friendly and contains a ton of really cool, old photos of hunting scenes and historical figures.”

Szymanski and his predecessor, longtime Game and Fish waterfowl program leader Mike Johnson, worked with the authors and others to see the book to publication.

“The Duck Factory” is an important story because of North Dakota’s longtime and continuing contribution to the world of migratory birds, Szymanski said.

“North Dakota is the most important state for breeding ducks,” he added. “The contribution of ducks from North Dakota into the fall flight is unmatched by any other state, and its importance to duck hunters cannot be understated. Describing the history of waterfowl in North Dakota was a story that we felt was certainly worth telling.”

The full-color book is sold only online for $24.99, including shipping, on the Game and Fish Department’s website at gf.nd.gov; clicking Buy and Apply, and then Shop.

— Herald staff report

DNR hunting, trapping regs now available

Minnesota’s 2019 Hunting and Trapping Regulations guide now is available on the Department of Natural Resources website at mndnr.gov.

Key changes include:

  • Feeding and attractant bans expanded: The area where deer feeding and using deer attractants is prohibited will expand starting Sunday, Sept. 1, in areas of central and southeast Minnesota where chronic wasting disease was detected in farmed or wild deer. Feeding and attractants increase the risk of disease transmission between animals by bringing them together in close contact, which is a mechanism for CWD spread.

  • A statewide youth deer season: The DNR saw public support for a statewide youth deer season, which previously was only available in the northwest, southeast and Twin Cities metro permit areas. The season will run from Thursday, Oct. 17, through Sunday, Oct. 20, for youth hunters ages 10 to 17.

  • Updated deer permit area numbering: Deer permit areas within a chronic wasting disease management zone, in southeast and now in north central Minnesota, are part of a new 600-series permit areas. The metro deer permit area will be renamed to 701 from 601.

Minnesotans who hunt in southeast, north central and central Minnesota need to be aware of mandatory CWD sampling and carcass movement restrictions for their particular areas. Find out more about chronic wasting disease regulations at mndnr.gov/cwd and the full regulations at mndnr.gov/hunting/deer.

— Herald staff report

Did you know?

  • The Bell Museum and the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine are partnering to host “Spotlight Science: Chronic Wasting Disease.” Experts from the university and the DNR will be available for Q&A from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at the Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Ave. W., in St. Paul. Learn more about CWD, the research being done to help combat its spread and what you can do to help. More info: z.umn.edu/BellCWD.

  • Interested in prairies and grasslands, and the wildlife that live there? Season 2 of the Minnesota DNR’s “Prairie” Pod podcast now is underway. Dakota skippers, fire, restoration/reconstruction, skinks, snakes, interseeding, management and seed mix design are just some of the things the podcast covers. Subscribe on iTunes, Google Play, or any podcast-streaming app or download at mndnr.gov/prairiepod.

  • Ever wonder how many deer Minnesota hunters shot last season? In 2018, hunters in Minnesota registered nearly 189,000 deer, a total that includes firearms, archery and muzzleloader seasons. That information, and past reports, is available on the DNR deer reports and surveys page at mndnr.gov/mammals/deer/management/statistics.html.

— compiled by Brad Dokken

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