State calculates hunter success rate
Drought conditions, and not as many North Dakotans in the field last fall, resulted in fewer pheasants, sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge being hunted, according to statistics compiled by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
Last year, the number of pheasant hunters was down by 24 percent, with more than 58,300 pheasant hunters killing 309,400 roosters, which was down 38 percent, compared to 76,600 hunters and 501,100 roosters in 2016.
Counties with resident hunters experiencing the highest success rates in 2017 were McLean at 6.7 percent, Burleigh at 6.6 percent, Williams at 5.9 percent, Sargent at 5.6 percent and Divide at 5.5 percent.
Top counties for nonresident hunters were Hettinger at 18.2 percent, Bowman at 10.2 percent, Divide at 7.1 percent, Emmons at 5.6 percent and Dickey at 5.5 percent.
In 2017, 13,600 grouse hunters, which was down 28 percent, killed 46,900 sharp-tailed grouse, which was down 28 percent. In 2016, nearly 18,900 hunters took 65,500 sharptails.
Counties with the highest percentage of success rates by resident hunters in 2017 were Slope at 8.6 percent, Walsh at 6.6 percent, Mountrail at 6.4 percent, Kidder at 6.3 percent and Benson at 4.8 percent.
Top counties for nonresident hunters were Bowman at 11.3 percent, Hettinger at 7.4 percent, Divide at 7 percent, Mountrail at 6.8 percent and Ward at 6.4 percent.
Last year, nearly 13,800 hunters, which was down 18 percent, killed 32,800 Hungarian partridge, down 40 percent.
Counties with the highest percentage of Huns hunted by North Dakotans in 2017 were Mountrail at 10.8 percent, Ward at 8.3 percent, Stark at 5.8 percent, Williams at 5.4 percent and Adams at 4.4 percent.
Top counties for nonresident hunters were Divide at 15 percent, McLean at 12.3 percent, Golden Valley at 7.3 percent, Stutsman at 7.3 percent and Grant at 6.3 percent.
Archery competition offered in two-leg event
Fort Ransom State Park and Beaver Lake State Park are teaming up to host the Southern 3D Archery Duel. The first leg of the event will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Fort Ransom State Park. The second portion of the competition will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 23 at Beaver Lake State Park. Competitors who attend both dates will be eligible for the overall division.
The event will feature 15 realistic 3D archery targets at Adult and Cub distances. Competition is broken up into two divisions: adult ($15) and youth ($10). People can come shoot for fun for $8. The park charges a $7 vehicle entrance fee unless a state park annual pass is displayed. There will be awards for the top three at each event, and top three overall for both archery shoots.
More information about the Southern 3D Archery Duel, call 701-452-2752.