Minnesota and Waterfowl

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Problems emerge with duck season splits

Problems emerge with duck season splits

A few waterfowl hunters found themselves on the wrong side of the law last week, hunting as they were during the closed season in the Central and South duck zones.

October 2012
Spinning-wing rules nearing an end?

Spinning-wing rules nearing an end?

When spinning-wing decoys broke onto the duck-hunting scene, the reaction was swift and similar to what occurred with the advent of fish finders.

September 2012
Upbeat reports so far from duck hunt

Upbeat reports so far from duck hunt

There were some hunters disappointed with the number of birds they encountered, which is always the case on opening weekend. Statewide, however, good reports were more consistent than bad ones.

September 2012
Low water for duck hunters this fall

Low water for duck hunters this fall

Where there’s water, there are ducks. But in some areas of the state, finding water or places to access it for the waterfowl opener on Sept. 22 will involve more work and maybe a change in plans

September 2012
Increase in goose numbers good for hunters in ’12

Increase in goose numbers good for hunters in ’12

Big changes might be on goose-hunting horizon

August 2012
Survey: Hunter, angler numbers up since ’06

Survey: Hunter, angler numbers up since ’06

Hunter and angler numbers, after decades of decline across the nation, increased during the past five years, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced last week.

August 2012
2012 Minnesota duck season kicks off Sept. 22

2012 Minnesota duck season kicks off Sept. 22

Split will allow some hunters to duck hunt into December

August 2012
Liberal duck season on tap; four scaup likely?

Liberal duck season on tap; four scaup likely?

With the likely exception of increased bag limits for some species, duck hunters will see a season structure this fall that’s similar to last year.

July 2012
Duck count is highest on record

Duck count is highest on record

The breeding duck population in North America soared to a record high this year, according to results of an annual survey that includes the United States and Canada.

July 2012
State  duck counts decline

State duck counts decline

The number of mallards counted during the annual May breeding waterfowl population survey in Minnesota was similar to the long-term average, but it’s pretty much downhill from there.

July 2012