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Unit 7: Set 6: Bringing Back the Game: Hunting and Game Conservation in North Dakota- Photos

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Snow Geese
A6561-1 Snow Geese. Hunters
have been drawn to North
Dakota’s prairie potholes
because of the huge flocks
of ducks, geese, (and other
nongame migratory birds).
ND is located on the
Central Flyway.
hunting portrait
D0511 These two men had a
formal portrait taken after
a hunt in Nelson County in
the 1890s. Their bag includes
2 hawks, 17 sharp-tailed
grouse, 1 jack rabbit, gulls,
a weasel, and about 30
prairie chickens.
Minot hunters, 1908
0765-004. This group of Minot
hunters enjoy their success in
September 1908. Automobiles
were part of a great change in
technology that contributed to
the decline in some game animals.
Hunters could easily go to the
game in an automobile.
1913 hunters
0175-017. In 1913, hunters were
limited to 25 ducks per day each.
These hunters have not yet gotten
their limit, and the day has just
female hunter, early 1900s
0745-001. This woman,
using a modern shotgun and
an automobile has had a
successful upland game
(sharp-tailed grouse or
prairie chickens) hunt.
BAdlands hunting
C0119. This photo shows a badlands
hunting camp in 1896. The hunters
have 12 deer, 2 bighorn (or
mountain) sheep, and what
appears to be 1 elk.
deer hunt
1032-02. This photo taken near
Underwood, 1906, show the
results of a legal deer hunt
for 3 men. The game includes
5 bucks, 2 fawns, and 7
deer hunters, 1930s
C1295. This photo was taken in
the 1930s when deer hunters
could take only 1 buck and
season was open every other
year. The Game and Fish
commissioner praised this
hunt as a good example
of hunting with game
conservation in mind.
greater prairie chicken
0800-037. A Greater Prairie
Chicken, or broad-tail grouse,
is known for its colorful
“booming” and dancing during
mating season in the spring.
It was a favorite upland bird
of hunters until the seasons
closed in 1945.
pheasant hunter
0056-264. Pheasants added
a new dimension to hunting
when the season opened on
these Asian natives in 1931.

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