Entering mid-October, Minnesotans are seeing a trickle of ducks while waiting for a serious push.
Break out the binoculars and find the waterholes that wood ducks and blue-winged teal prefer during the early waterfowl season.
“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.”
Painting of white-winged scoter by Mark Thone will be featured on the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp.
The forecast is calling for a favorable Minnesota waterfowl season. “Habitat conditions look good in most areas, wild rice reports are good for hunters in the northern portions of the state and waterfowl numbers are favorable,” said Steve Cordts, waterfowl…
Teens apply to the program by writing an essay about why they want to participate in the camp. Students are required to complete a firearm safety class. Cellphones aren't allowed at the camp to keep the focus on the outdoors.
Wildlife artists can submit entries for the 2018 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest from Monday, Aug. 21, through 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1. The waterfowl stamp validation for hunting is $7.50 and for an extra 75 cents purchasers can receive…
BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA — Willie Gloe, chairman of the Fowled Up Chapter in Pierre, S.D., is Delta Waterfowl’s 2017 Volunteer of the Year. He bested a field of seven finalists during a month-long, online vote. Gloe, 36, became a member…
By species, grouse hunters were up slightly, but duck, goose and pheasant hunters were down slightly, according to the survey.
This year’s brood index came in at 3.68 broods per square mile, down 5 percent from last year. The statewide average since the survey began in 1955 is 2.59 broods per square mile. Overall brood size was up 8 percent from last year.
But for the most part, season framework similar to last year.
Lake on Minnesota-Iowa border not only survives but thrives as prairie/wetlands habitat success story
Combining the prairie and healthy wetlands has been a boon for migrating and resident wildlife in and around Eagle Lake.
The 2017-18 Iowa Hunting, Trapping and Migratory Game Bird Regulations will be arriving at license vendors across the state in the next few weeks. Notable hunting regulation changes include extending the Missouri River Zone for ducks and geese to include…
This year's Canada goose population estimate a whopping 120,000 higher than last year.
Index below 3 million for the first time since 1994, but still 23 percent above the long-term average (1948-2016) and 24th highest on record.
It's the combined harvest from the August Canada goose management take and the September Canada goose hunting season.
Some resident hunters fear the commercialization of waterfowl hunting in the state, while some business interests want more nonresident hunters and their money in South Dakota.
The proposal for three-day temporary hunts would expand to include a good chunk of the state. Would also make these licenses valid on private land only.
The spring conservation order is a great opportunity to see unbelievable flocks of snow geese.
Snow goose migration gets kick start.
Hunters may call the light goose "hotline" to hear recorded information 24 hours a day, and migration reports are also posted on the North Dakota Game and Fish Department website.
After record numbers last year, above-average snow fall and below-average temperatures that began in late November continued up until the survey, which created poor wintering conditions for Canada geese and mallards.
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