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February 3, 2017
Sprih Harsh rotates the antennae attached to a compass to help track the frequency of collared pheasants on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, east of Virgil, S.D. Matt Gade / Forum News Serviceplay button
University, state team up for 'paramount' S.D. pheasant study
February 3, 2017 - 4:59pm
October 7, 2016
Craig Thompson, of St. Francisville, La., middle, talks and laughs with his group of hunters from Louisiana have dinner at Pheasants Café and Lounge in Mott on Friday night before the North Dakota pheasant hunting opener on Saturday morning. ​(Kalsey Stults / The Dickinson Press)
Pheasant hunters flock to Hettinger County for opening weekend
October 7, 2016 - 9:10pm
October 1, 2016
Matt Olson, Lisbon, N.D., Pheasants Forever regional representative for North Dakota, said the pheasant opener remains one of the big events on North Dakota's calendar. Pheasant season opens Saturday, Oct. 8. (Pheasants Forever photo)
Fewer pheasants in forecast for North Dakota's upcoming season
October 1, 2016 - 11:31am
July 21, 2016
North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index was up slightly from last year, while sharp-tailed grouse numbers were down slightly. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department)
Leier: Making a count by the crow
July 21, 2016 - 5:10pm
September 4, 2015
Cramer, farm and wildlife groups applaud new NRCS partnership
September 4, 2015 - 5:24pm
July 16, 2015
North Dakota’s spring pheasant crowing count index is up 10 percent from last year. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department Photo)
Leier: Pheasant take step in positive direction
July 16, 2015 - 12:19am
July 1, 2015
The crowing count survey for pheasants in North Dakota showed an increase between 2 to 12 percent from last year. Though the crowing count numbers are up, that doesn’t mean the population will also increase for the hunting season in the fall. (North Dakota Game and Fish Department Photo)
Spring pheasant survey shows 2 to 12 percent increase from 2014
July 1, 2015 - 11:13pm
October 11, 2014
A rooster pheasant tries to hunker down in a field north of Regent on Friday. North Dakota's pheasant hunting season opens today, bringing in thousands of hunters to small towns like Regent in search of the birds.
Pheasant Outlook Optimistic: Bird numbers up as small towns brace for hunters
October 11, 2014 - 2:27am
August 14, 2014
FNS Photo by Sean Ryan 
In this 2013 file photo, a pheasant peeks out from a public hunting area south of Mitchell, S.D.
Business boom: Pheasant season is make-or-break for many SD communities
August 14, 2014 - 12:28am
April 10, 2014
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Photo 
In this undated photo, a pheasant sits in the snow. March’s late snowstorm shouldn’t raise concerns for pheasant production.
March snow fall shouldn’t raise concerns
April 10, 2014 - 12:55am
April 3, 2014
North Dakota Game and Fish Department Photo 
Biologists categorize more than 80 percent of North Dakota’s wildlife species as nongame, or those that are not hunted, fished or trapped.
Leier: ND wildlife is mostly nongame
April 3, 2014 - 1:10am
February 23, 2014
Submitted Photo
Luke Fehr of Altona, Manitoba, came across this Hungarian partridge frozen in the snow on the Manitoba prairie in early February. Fehr was out scouting for wildlife when he came across the partridge on the side of a gravel road. It looked alive, he said, but didn’t move as he drove past so he approached and found the partridge was frozen solid.
Weathering the storm: Winter to go down as tough one, next few weeks will determine impact on wildlife
February 23, 2014 - 12:01am
Press Photo by Katherine Grandstrand 
A deer stands in a field Wednesday afternoon southeast of Dickinson.
Leier: Surviving North Dakota’s winters
January 23, 2014 - 1:06am
December 25, 2013
North Dakota Game and Fish Photo 
North Dakota’s roadside pheasant survey conducted in late July and August indicated the number of birds, number of broods and average brood size were all down statewide from 2012.
Leier: Extended winter shortened 2013 spring
December 25, 2013 - 10:17pm
December 19, 2013
North Dakota Game and Fish Photo 
Without habitat, wildlife populations have a much more difficult time rebuilding after tough winters.
Leier:ND wildlife needs habitat to rebuild
December 19, 2013 - 1:16am