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Late Hatch Likely Bettered 2021 Upland Hunting


January 10, 2022

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Hunters found better-than-expected bird numbers across all upland game species, but especially pheasants. The northwest and southwest corners of the state produced the best hunting as timely rains limited the drought's impact on just-hatched birds, while many areas of North Dakota exhibited signs of a late hatch, especially with Hungarian partridge.

This autumn, upland hunters found good success where habitat remained intact because it congregated birds in those locations. In places throughout the state which received little rain and stands of grass grew shorter and sparser than normal, upland birds such as pheasants and sharptailed grouse were harder to come by. Add in the fact that emergency haying for livestock was authorized in the e...

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