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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

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Sunday, February 25th, 2024

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Number of waterfowl hunters still declining: What are the effects of fewer hunters?

DUCKY WEEKEND AHEAD? Waterfowlers across Minnesota will head afield Saturday for the regular-season duck opener. One thing most of them likely will encounter is low water, given drought conditions that have stretched across the state. Those who’ve ascertained that water exists where they hunt won’t find unfortunate surprises come Saturday sunrise. (Stock photo)
As Minnesota hunters prepare to take to the marshes, lakes, and fields for Saturday’s regular duck opener, a national waterfowl conservation and hunting group is sounding the alarm on the continued decline of North American waterfowl hunters and what it means for the future of habitat conservation. The Delta Waterfowl Foundation, based in Bismarck, N.D., reports fewer people hunted waterfowl last year in North America than during any season in the past 60 years. That analysis comes from hunter-participation statistics from both the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Canadian Wildlife Service.
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