2018 North Dakota Hunting Outlook
From N.D. Game and Fish Department
North Dakota’s spring pheasant population index was down 30 percent from last year, but there is reason for optimism for the hunting season, as spring and summer weather has been mostly good for nesting so far, and holds promise for a good hatch that could offset the lower spring numbers.
The turkey population in many of the state’s hunting units has been lower than normal the past few years due to cool, wet spring conditions during nesting/brooding. Consequently, the N.D. Game and Fish Department has continued to reduce fall turkey licenses since 2008. Last fall, 2,361 hunters harvested 929 birds for a success rate of 39 percent.
Grouse and partridge harvests were down considerably last fall due to poor reproduction due to drought conditions. Weather conditions during the nesting period were much better this year and should lead to increased production.
Ducks and geese