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Associated Press, Published August 30 2013

ND grouse and partridge brood numbers down

DICKINSON, N.D. — Biologists say bird counts show that sharp-tailed grouse and Hungarian partridge populations are significantly lower than last year across North Dakota.

As of Wednesday, brood results suggest grouse numbers are down 51 percent statewide from last year, though the average size is about the same as in 2012.

The statewide Hungarian partridge population is down 34 percent from last year.

Aaron Robinson with the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Dickinson says even though spring survey numbers indicated a population comparable to last year, the telling factor is always late-summer counts. In other words, more birds hatched in the spring mean more available for hunters in the fall.

The season for sharp-tailed grouse, ruffed grouse and Hungarian partridge opens Sept. 14.

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