In Minnesota, the waterfowl season is open more than it’s closed
The idea of sitting in a layout blind, or a duck boat – or pretty much anywhere outside, save for a heated ice shack – is about as tempting right now as sitting in the baking sun on a 100-degree day drinking hot chocolate. And wearing a winter jacket. And boots. Possible? Of course. But highly unpleasant.
But the feeling won’t last long.
Luckily for them, waterfowl hunters have an incredible number of opportunities every year. And that’s just in Minnesota.
Consider that the last of the goose hunts ended just a few days ago (Dec. 28, 2013, in the state’s South Zone). There’s nothing as far as hunting opportunities for the next couple of months.
Then March 1 rolls around, and the light goose conservation order season kicks in. That lasts through the end of April.
There’s nothing in May, June, and July.
The August rolls around. The August Canada geese season – a conservation order, like the light goose season – runs in the state’s Intensive Harvest Zone from Aug. 9-24.
There’s a short break, then, from the end of August through the early part of September. But it’s really only enough time to clean your shotguns and ready your gear.
The early Canada goose season kicks off Sept. 6 and runs through Sept. 22. (That’s tentative, according to the DNR.)
There’s a Youth Waterfowl Day in the middle there, set – tentatively, again – for Sept. 13.
And then the regular duck season is set to open Sept. 27, which seems really late, given how early it’s been in the recent past. Most likely, that will run for 60 days, and splits and zones will bring the season into December in the southern part of the state.
And, of course, the Canada goose season will run well into December, and nearly to January in the southern part of the state.
So if my count is accurate, there are exactly five months – January, February, May, June, and July – during which there are no waterfowl-hunting opportunities.
Sort of amazing, if you think about it.