If you want to have more deer tags available, find more pheasants in the field or ducks in flight, habitat is where the conversation starts.

Think about the habitat of North Dakota’s wildlife

If you want to have more deer tags available, find more pheasants in the field or ducks in flight, habitat is where the conversation starts.

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

If you want to have more deer tags available, find more pheasants in the field or ducks in flight, habitat is where the conversation starts. We often connect habitat to the wildlife sanctuary program and for good reason. CRP acres have been an important part of the habitat for 35 years.

It’s easy to say, “we just need more CRP.” While that is not incorrect, the way to create more habitat and CRP is not that simple.

Studies have shown that CRP contributed to a 22% increase in the number of ring-necked pheasants for every 4% increase in CRP inscribed 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 an additional 10.5 million ducks.

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