With early teal season, 2 Ojibwe tribes closing hunting on some reservation waters
This week’s print edition of Outdoor News has a front-page story by Tori McCormick reporting that two Minnesota Ojibwe tribes have announced that they are closing over-water hunting on some reservation waters to coincide with the statewide early teal season that opens Saturday Sept. 4.
This story continues to develop this week, and on Wednesday afternoon, the DNR issued the following statements via a press release regarding the matter:
Per the DNR release:
“Hunters need to know that the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe plans to restrict hunting on waters with actively harvested wild rice beds during the early teal season and the September Canada goose season (Sept. 4-19). Additionally, the White Earth Band closed all active wild rice beds utilized by White Earth Band members and under the jurisdiction of the White Earth Indian Reservation to the early teal season.
“The DNR believes that these closures may be inconsistent with state/tribal agreements and potentially in conflict with state statute and federal case law. However, the legal question raised by the bands’ actions are very complex, and cannot be resolved before the season opens.
“The DNR advises waterfowl hunters to be aware of these recent tribal restrictions on wild rice lakes and encourages hunters to avoid putting themselves in situations of potential conflict. Waterfowlers who have planned to hunt on the Leech Lake or White Earth reservations should contact the respective tribal natural resource departments for more information.
- Leech Lake Division of Resource Management website or by calling 218-335-7400
- White Earth Tribal Government website or by calling 218-983-3285
- DNR waterfowl hunting page