- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s annual fall wetland survey indicates good but declining wetland conditions for duck hunting throughout much of the state.

Migratory game bird supervisor Mike Szymanski (shuh-MAN’-skee) says the northwest region once again has the highest number of wetlands holding water. But he says virtually all areas of the state are drier than last year, with the poorest conditions and most extreme declines in the southern half of the state.

Szymanski says this year’s moisture conditions have been somewhat of a roller coaster - fairly dry through April, extremely wet in May and June, and then dry again beginning in July.

Szymanski says hunters should be cautious driving off-trail to avoid soft spots and also areas like tall vegetation that could be a fire hazard.

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