Remember North Dakota wildlife’s habitat

If you'd like more deer tags available, find more pheasants in the field or ducks in flight, habitat is where the conversation begins.


The single most important factor in maintaining or growing wildlife populations – ducks, deer, pheasants, you name it – is habitat.

If you’d like more deer tags available, find more pheasants in the field or ducks in flight, habitat is where the conversation begins. Often, we connect habitat to the conservation reserve program and for good reason. CRP acres have been a key component of habitat for 35 years.

It’s easy to say, “we just need more CRP.” While that’s not incorrect, the means of creating more habitat and CRP isn’t as simple.

Studies have shown that CRP contributed to a 22% increase in counts of ring-necked pheasants for every 4% increase in CRP enrolled acres.

Between 1992 and 1997, CRP in the Prairie Pothole Region of North Dakota, South Dakota and northeastern Montana contributed to a 30% improvement in duck production or 10.5 million additional ducks.



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