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Sage Grouse

Hunting Season Information


There was no North Dakota sage grouse season in 2013 due to low populations. The determination on whether populations can sustain a hunting season in 2014 should be made by mid-July.


Sage grouse are native to the far southwestern corner of North Dakota and the population within the state has declined steadily over the past 30 years. The 2013 count indicated the lowest number of male sage grouse observed since Game and Fish biologists started the annual spring survey in the 1950s.

A sage grouse management plan is being developed. It has a long-term goal of enhancing sage grouse habitats in North Dakota, often through private-public partnerships, so they will again support a healthy self-sustaining sage grouse population.