By: Brad Dokken
The good, old days that upland game hunters in North Dakota enjoyed in the mid-2000s are fading into history, if results from the state’s July and August roadside grouse and partridge surveys are any indication.
Following the downtrend, ruffed grouse numbers in North Dakota’s forested region in the northeast and north-central parts of the state also declined. Kohn said Game and Fish wasn’t able to survey the Pembina Hills area this past spring, but drumming counts in the Turtle Mountains were down 40 percent to 50 percent.
“I would imagine if a guy just likes to walk in the trees, it’s probably a nice time, but I don’t think productivity-wise it’s going to be all that good,” Kohn said.