Minnesota waterfowl season dates and limits announced
With continental populations of many species of ducks again near
highs, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR)
established a 60-day duck season that opens Oct. 3 with a daily
limit of six ducks.
Bag limits for most species will be the same as last season,
hunters will be able to harvest one canvasback and the scaup
be two for the entire 60-day season. This good news for diver
hunters is based on increased numbers of canvasbacks and scaup
continental breeding duck survey.
Based on an increase in breeding waterfowl populations and pond
across Canada and the northern plains, the U.S. Fish and
Service is offering states in the Mississippi Flyway,
Minnesota, a 60-day season that could include a six-duck limit
hen mallards and three wood ducks. Minnesota will continue with
bag limit of one hen mallard that has been in place since
Likewise, the DNR is maintaining a conservative approach to wood
by maintaining a two-bird limit.
The bag limits will continue to protect local breeding mallard
duck populations and will provide more opportunity for Minnesota
to benefit from high continental waterfowl populations if
conditions and weather cooperate, and migrant ducks move through
state in ample numbers.
“We knew the wood duck limit would be of interest to our
said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. “So we reviewed
biological information, took some additional public input
through a new
online questionnaire, and in the end decided to maintain the
limit again this year.”
The regular waterfowl season will open Saturday, Oct. 3, at 9
continue through Tuesday, Dec. 1. The six-duck bag may include
than four mallards, with only one hen mallard, and one black
pintail, one canvasback, two wood ducks, two redheads and two
Possession limits remain at twice the daily bag limits.
Except for opening day, when shooting hours will be 9 a.m. to 4
shooting hours will be from one half hour before sunrise to 4
through Saturday, Oct. 10, and from one half hour before sunrise
Motorized decoys or other motorized devices designed to
migratory birds may not be used from the opening day of duck
through Saturday, Oct. 10. Motorized decoys or other motorized
designed to attract migratory birds may not be used at any time
the season on water bodies and lands fully contained within
wildlife management area boundaries.
Additional details on the duck, goose and migratory bird
seasons will be in the 2009 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting
available in mid-August.
YOUTH WATERFOWL DAY
Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be Saturday, Sept. 19. Hunters
and under may take regular season bag limits when accompanied by
nonhunting adult (age 18 and older, no license required). Canada
mergansers, coots and moorhens may be taken from one-half hour
sunrise to 4 p.m. Motorized decoy restrictions are in effect.
this year, five geese may be taken statewide. There are no
requirements, except hunters age 13 to 15 must have a firearms
certificate or an apprentice hunter validation in their
other migratory bird hunting regulations apply.
Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with
duck season on Saturday, Oct. 3, except for Canada goose seasons
West-Central Goose Zone, which will open on Thursday, Oct. 15.
bag limit will be two Canada geese statewide. Possession limits
double the daily bag limits. Efforts to increase Minnesota’s
goose bag to three statewide except for the West Central Goose
not approved by the Mississippi Flyway Council.
EARLY SEPTEMBER GOOSE SEASON
The early Canada goose season will open statewide on Saturday,
The September season is designed to harvest Minnesota-breeding
prior to the arrival of migrant geese. Hunter survey results
36 percent of Minnesota’s goose harvest occurs during the
September season. The early season is open statewide through
Sept. 22. Bag limits for Canada geese will be five per day,
A required $4 permit is valid for both early and late season
hunting. Permits are available wherever hunting and angling
New this year, the restriction prohibiting hunting within 100
surface water has been lifted for the Southeast and Metro goose
Now this restriction applies only to the Northwest goose zone,
Carlos Avery WMA and an area surrounding Swan Lake in Nicollet
Early season goose hunters should consult the 2009 Waterfowl
Regular Goose Season
In the West Central Zone, the regular Canada goose season will
from Oct. 15 through Oct .18, and from Oct. 24 through Nov. 29.
remainder of the state the season will be open from Oct. 3
11. The daily bag limit will be two Canada geese.
Late Goose Seasons
December Canada goose seasons will be offered statewide except
West-Central Goose Zone. Late season hunters must have a $4
which is valid for both early and late special goose seasons.
season will be open Dec. 12 to Dec. 21, except in the Southeast
Zone, where the season will be open Dec. 19 to Dec. 28.
Bag limits for Canada geese during the late season will be five
day, except in the Southeast Goose Zone, where the bag limit
The season for light geese (snow, blue and Ross’ geese) and
will be Oct. 3 through Dec. 28, with a daily limit of 20 light
one brant. The season for white-fronted geese will be Oct. 3
Dec. 27, with a daily limit of one white-fronted goose.