Minnesota Waterfowl Season Opens Sept. 21, Runs 60 Days

A yellow Lab retrieves a drake wood duck in the 2012 waterfowl season. (Sam Cook photo)

Minnesota’s waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Sept. 21 and continue for 60 days under a north, central and southern zone structure with different season dates for each zone, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced today.

The season structure is the same as last year’s. The opener is one day earlier than last year and the earliest since 1945, DNR officials said.

The daily bag limit remains at six ducks per day. The mallard bag limit remains at four per day, including two hen mallards. The wood duck bag limit will remain at three per day. The only bag limit changes from last year are the daily limit for scaup, which drops from four to three per day, and the canvasback limit, which increases from one to two per day.

The North Duck Zone (north of Minnesota Highway 210) will run from Sept. 21 through Nov. 19.

Youth Waterfowl Hunting Day will be Sept. 7.

The early September Canada goose season will open statewide Sept. 1 and run through Sept. 20. Bag limits for Canada geese are 10 per day in the Intensive Harvest Zone and five per day in the remainder of the state.

Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 21, with a bag limit of three Canada geese per day the entire season. In the North Duck zone, goose season will run from Sept. 21 through Dec.16.

The sandhill crane season will run from Sept. 14 through Oct. 20 in the Northwest Goose and Sandhill Crane Zone only.