Waterfowlers in Minnesota don’t have long to wait with the regular season opening on Sept. 24.
Those hunters will have similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year.
“All signs point to this being a great year for duck and goose hunting,” DNR waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts said in a release by the DNR last week.
Here’s a look at the waterfowl seasons and limits:
Duck season will be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones.
• In the north zone, duck season is Sept. 24-Nov. 22.
• In the central zone, which includes Alexandria, the duck season is Sept. 24 through Oct. 2, closes for five days, then reopens Oct. 8 and runs through Nov. 27.
• In the south zone, duck season is Sept. 24 through Oct. 2, closes for 12 days, then reopens Oct. 15, and runs through Dec. 4.
The daily bag limits for ducks remains at six per day and individual species limits are identical to those used last fall.
Canada goose hunters will see some changes compared to last year.
There is no August Canada goose management action in Minnesota. In the Intensive Harvest Zone during the September goose hunt, the bag limit is now five per day, the same as the rest of the state. Previously, the bag limit was 10 per day.
“We made these changes for a few reasons,” Cordts said. “The Canada goose population in the state is near our goal and Canada goose harvest did not increase the past three years even when additional harvest opportunities were offered.”
• The early September Canada goose season will open statewide on Sept. 3 and run through Sept. 18. Bag limits for Canada geese are five per day statewide. A $4 permit is required to hunt Canada geese during the September season.
• Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 24, with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season. “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.
Youth Waterfowl Day is set for Sept. 10.
For more detailed information, the 2016 waterfowl hunting regulations are available online at www.mndnr.gov/waterfowl.