AMY'S RANCH SLANTS Pringle Worthy
Youre just not a true Pringlite unless youve shot an elk in the Pringle area. Whether residents apply every year until they finally draw a tag or theyre land owners who get a tag because the... Posted on 10/23/11 at 8:00 PM
RURAL REFLECTIONS Deer Hunting
I am probably the only guy at my job who will happily work the deer season opener. I like the outdoors but I've never fully caught the deer hunting bug. I would love to be part of the tradition howe... Posted on 11/5/10 at 12:10 PM
Loss of CRP, increased crop production and looming winter herald tougher times for North Dakota wildlife and poorer prospects for hunters
After three severe winters that hammered both deer and pheasants, North Dakota is down to about 2.5 million acres of land in the Conservation Reserve Program, with contracts on another 800,000 acres set to expire next September.
BISMARCK, N.D. — The amount of private land open to hunting in North Dakota has stabilized after slipping for two years as farmers lured by high commodity prices closed some of their fields to hunters in favor of crops.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack made the announcement Thursday afternoon at a national press conference that included Howard Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever, and Whit Fosburgh, president and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership.
Known as the “Lancaster subgroup,” the elk herd being targeted by sharpshooters has been especially problematic because many of the animals are suspected of having captive origins. As a result, they were less afraid of humans and prone to causing depredation problems by raiding farmers’ crops and livestock feed.
I’ll never be mistaken for a master gardener, and it really doesn’t bother me. Beyond borrowing the neighbor’s tiller and breaking up the ground each spring, I lose interest in the garden even before the first spuds are planted.
By Doug Leier, North Dakota Outdoors
, April 09, 2010
If I had to identify with a decade, it was the 1980s. While I was born in the 1970s and remember a few events and places, like the LaMoure Loboes winning the 1976 North Dakota state Class B basketball title after we moved there from Williston, the 1980s are when most of my vivid memories begin.
A new report says government incentives for corn-based ethanol are motivating farmers to convert grasslands to cornfields, resulting in declining grassland bird populations in the Prairie Pothole Region, including Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
By Seth Tupper, Forum Communications Co.
, January 27, 2010
MITCHELL, S.D. — A new report says government incentives for corn-based ethanol are motivating farmers to convert grasslands to cornfields, resulting in declining grassland bird populations in the Prairie Pothole Region, including Minnesota and North and South Dakota.
Don, one of my best friends, is a farmer. Like any great artist, he leaves his signature on any given field. It may be the well thought out planting of trees, or it may be a few rows of milo down the middle of a CRP field. Last Sunday while pheasant hunting, we learned that he had taken his personal touch to a new level.
After harvesting a wheat field last August, Don planted a mix of turnips, radishes, peas and lentils over the stubble. This adds nitrogen to the soil. The deep-penetrating radishes also aerate the soil.
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