Colder weather may bring migrant ducks south

Duck hunters could see more ducks moving into Minnesota with the cold front that moved into the area on Thursday, bringing strong westerly winds and snow in the northernmost areas of the state.

“Hunters should start to see more diversity in the bag this weekend as species like green-winged teal, redheads, pintail, and gadwalls have increased in numbers and early migrants like blue-winged teal and wood ducks continue to decline in numbers,” Steve Cordts, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources waterfowl specialist, wrote in his weekly report.

“Canada goose hunting and goose numbers remain fair to good in most areas for this time of the year. Crop harvest is nearing completion, so many fields are available to field-feeding waterfowl. Wetland conditions remain extremely dry across the state,” Cordts wrote.

The extended forecast calls for below normal temperatures statewide until the middle of next week, with highs near 50 in the north and 60 in the south.

A reminder: In the North duck zone continues through Nov. 20 and the goose season through Dec. 16. The Central Duck Zone reopens Saturday and continues through Nov. 25. The Central goose zone reopens Saturday and continues through Dec. 21.

The South Duck Zone reopens Oct. 13 and continues through Dec. 2. The South goose zone reopens Oct. 13 and continues through Dec. 28.

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