Outdoors blog: Minnesota announces 60-day duck season
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Minnesota announces 60-day duck season
Minnesota’s duck season will open at 9 a.m. Oct. 2 and continue through Nov. 30, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday.
The daily bag limit remains at six ducks, which may include no more than one hen mallard, one black duck, one canvasback, two pintail, two wood ducks, two redheads and two scaup.
Except for opening day, when shooting hours will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., shooting hours will be from one-half hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. daily through Oct. 9, and from one-half hour before sunrise to sunset beginning Oct. 10 through the end of duck season.
Motorized decoys or other motorized devices designed to attract migratory birds may not be used from the opening day of duck season through Oct. 9. Motorized decoys may not be used at any time during the season on water bodies and lands fully contained within state wildlife management area boundaries.
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be Sept. 18.
Goose hunting season has been extended, and the Canada goose limit has been raised to three. Most goose hunting zones have been eliminated.
Minnesota’s regular goose season will open statewide in conjunction with duck season Oct. 2 and close on Dec. 25, except for the Rochester goose zone.
Early Canada goose season will run from Sept. 4-22 with a bag limit of five Canada geese per day. A $4 permit is required.
The new sandhill crane season will open in northwestern Minnesota on Sept. 4 and close Oct. 10. Hunters are required to obtain a sandhill crane hunting permit, available from any DNR license agent or online for $3.50. No other licenses, permits or stamps are required. Bag limits are two sandhill cranes per day.