Waterfowl

Sight of buffleheads soothes on a cold winter’s night

A waterfowler’s season is never over, even when the trusty, weatherbeaten old shotgun is cleaned and racked and the bags of decoys and other paraphernalia of the trade are stowed in the barn for winter. That is because waterfowlers, duck and goose hunters, never stop watching the sky and sniffing the air, looking, looking, looking. They are, in their own…

DNR: Weekly waterfowl migration report kickoff

The early September goose season was poor to fair statewide.The following report is a compilation of state and federal wildlife manager reports and waterfowl surveys from across Minnesota. This is the first report for 2018. Reports will be compiled weekly throughout the hunting season. Duck hunters were expected to see good numbers of ducks present in most areas this past…

Cannon Falls artist wins duck stamp contest

A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia proved to be the winner in the Minnesota duck stamp contest. A painting of a gadwall by Cannon Falls artist Jim Caturia will be featured on the 2019 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp, after he won the annual stamp contest sponsored by the DNR. This was Caturia’s first time winning…

Game Fair 2018 contest place-winners

Jack Averill (center) received $500 for his long-distance archery skills, with Jared Hood (left) coming in second and Logan Procai (right) in third. The 37th annual Game Fair concluded Sunday, Aug. 19 after six rain-free days and a flurry of activity the second weekend of the event. That’s when the duck- and goose-calling contests were held, along with the dog…