This Saturday, September 24, many North Dakotans will be out in the field before dawn for what some consider to be the best day of the year – the duck hunting season opener.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple is recognizing this long tradition by proclaiming Saturday as North Dakota Hunting and Fishing Day. Ducks Unlimited thanks the governor for recognizing the importance of the state's natural resources and what they mean to the people of North Dakota.
"We appreciate Governor Dalrymple's leadership and recognition of North Dakota's Hunting and Fishing Day. Maintaining a strong habitat base and rich hunting traditions are not only important for our state's economy, but also our way of life," said Steve Adair, DU director of operations for the Great Plains Region, headquartered in Bismarck. "We encourage folks to buy a hunting or fishing license and a duck stamp, get outdoors and enjoy the world-class opportunities North Dakota has to offer."
Dalrymple's proclamation points to hunters and anglers as the primary funders of America's conservation work through user fees. North Dakota hunters and anglers, the document says, "generate more than $32 million to support the conservation efforts of North Dakota Game and Fish, while adding $600 million in direct spending to the state's economy."
North Dakota's non-resident duck hunting season begins on Oct. 1, when hunters will travel from across the country to enjoy this unique landscape called the "Duck Factory," where about half of the continent's waterfowl are produced.
"Many North Dakota small towns and businesses depend on yearly visits from out-of-state hunters to one of the world's best nesting grounds," Adair said. "These time honored traditions boost our state's economy and help maintain our nation's rich hunting traditions.
For more information about North Dakota's 2016 waterfowl season, visit the North Dakota Game and Fish website.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13.8 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org.