Minnesota Duck, Goose Seasons Set

A drake mallard flies over a Minnesota wetland. (News Tribune file photo)
A drake mallard flies over a Minnesota wetland. (News Tribune file photo)

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season will open on Sept. 24, with similar bag limits and season dates that were in place last year, according to the Department of Natural Resources.

Duck season will again be open for 60 days in each of the three waterfowl zones.

  • In the north zone, duck season is Sept. 24 through Nov. 22.
  • In the central zone, duck season is Sept. 24 through Oct. 2, closes for five days, then reopens Oct. 8 through Nov. 27.
  • In the south zone, duck season is Sept. 24 through Oct. 2, closes for 12 days, then reopens Oct. 15 through Dec. 4.

The daily bag limits for ducks remains at six per day and individual species limits are identical to those used last fall.

 

Goose hunting regulations change

Unlike last year, there will be no August Canada goose hunting in Minnesota.

In the Intensive Harvest Zone during the September goose hunt, the bag limit is now five per day, the same as the rest of the state. Previously, the bag limit was 10 per day.

“We made these changes for a few reasons. The Canada goose population in the state is near our goal, and Canada goose harvest did not increase the past three years even when additional harvest opportunities were offered,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist.

  • The early September Canada goose season will open statewide on Sept. 3 and run through Sept. 18. Bag limits for Canada geese are five per day statewide. A $4 permit is required to hunt Canada geese during the September season. Early-season goose hunters should consult the 2016 Waterfowl Supplement for zone maps and additional details.
  • Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 24 with a bag limit of three dark geese per day the entire season. “Dark” geese include Canada geese, white-fronted geese and brant. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.

 

Other seasons  

Youth Waterfowl Day will be Sept. 10. The season for sandhill cranes runs Sept. 10 to Oct. 16 in the northwest goose and sandhill crane zone only.

The 2016 waterfowl hunting regulations are available online at mndnr.gov/waterfowl.