With that in mind, here's a roundup of October to date at some key destinations though far from all across the region.

"Across the board, pretty much everyone is saying it's about as good as it's been in at least the last couple of years," Olson said. "All in all, I'm hearing great things."

A look at October hunting and fishing reports across the region

Waterfowl enthusiasts likely would agree, although the real diehards might prefer those blustery November days when the "northern flight" mallards roll in from Canada, and spending time in a duck or goose blind isn't for the faint of heart.

For those of us who don't hang up the fishing rods when fall arrives, October also is prime fishing time. Whether the destination is Devils Lake, the Canadian side of the Red River or the Winnipeg River near Pine Falls, Man. both Lake Winnipeg tributaries October is the best time of year for putting big walleyes in the boat.

"I would imagine young birds are making up most of the harvest, which would indicate good production."

Kohn said survey returns indicate hunters are having to spend more time afield for limits in the southeast and northwest corners of the state, while hunters in central counties such as Oliver, Mercer and McLean are doing "pretty darn good."

"It certainly looks like the southwest is the strong place right now," Kohn said. "Folks are doing quite well in most of the counties from McKenzie all the way through that Mott area.

Stan Kohn, upland game management supervisor for the Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said early returns from survey cards sent to a sample of about 1,000 upland bird hunters confirm high success in the state's prime pheasant country of southwest North Dakota.

It's a month that seems to take forever to arrive, yet it passes in the blink of an eye.

Pheasants Forever's annual "Rooster Road Trip," in which members of the conservation group's media department travel to public hunting lands across pheasant range, wrapped up Friday, Olson said. This year's road trip brought the crew to Montana from Monday through Wednesday and North Dakota on Thursday and Friday.

The reasons for this anticipation and October's speedy departure are as numerous as they are obvious. Upland game seasons are in full swing, for one thing. Whether it's chasing pheasants on the prairies of North Dakota or walking a secluded woodland trail in northern Minnesota for ruffed grouse, October is prime time.

"It seems folks are finding some decent pockets of partridge, at least through the western two thirds of the state," Kohn said. "That's kind of nice, and a lot of hunters really enjoy that."

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