Waterfowl

Ohio DNR to waterfowl hunters: Know the difference between swans, geese

State-threatened trumpeter swans.AKRON, Ohio — As Ohio’s duck and goose seasons begin, hunters are encouraged to familiarize themselves with waterfowl identification before heading out, according to the Ohio DNR. Ohio waterfowl hunters frequently encounter a variety of species of birds when in the field and marsh, and some species of ducks, geese and swans may look similar. Some species, like the…

Canadian province lowers minimum hunting age to 12

(Delta Waterfowl)WINNIPEG, Manitoba — Newfoundland has relaxed what was the most restrictive minimum-age requirement for hunters in North America, according to a recent news release from Delta Waterfowl. Effective immediately, Newfoundland youths age 12 or older can hunt small game and ducks when accompanied by an adult, rather than waiting until age 16. Delta Waterfowl was at the forefront of…

Warm weather not dampening Minnesota waterfowl hunting

Undeterred by warm weather, many Minnesota waterfowl hunters are reporting fair to good hunting success since the season began on Sept. 23, Ducks Unlimited said in a migration update Wednesday, Oct. 18. According to the Minnesota DNR, waterfowl hunters are taking advantage of excellent wild rice production this year, with solid numbers of ring-necked ducks in most areas now, the…

DNR: Good waterfowl opener expected this weekend

“The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota and North America has been good in recent years, so we’re optimistic that will result in a good duck season,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist with the DNR. “Wetland habitat conditions and wild rice lakes are in pretty good shape. Canada goose populations remain high as well, so there’s lots of opportunity to hunt geese this fall.”