Minnesota Duck Hunters Endure Warm, Muggy Opener

Yellow Lab and drake wood duck. News Tribune file photo

Crazy weather greeted duck hunters on Saturday’s waterfowl opener — temperatures in the 80s with high humidity. Here’s a collection of snippets on the weekend’s duck hunting action from Monday morning’s Minnesota Department of Natural Resources conservation officer reports:
Jeff Humphrey, Cromwell area — “Waterfowl hunters were greeted with unseasonably warm weather and few ducks. Some hunters said it was the worst opener they could remember. A few teal, wood ducks and mallards were observed.”
Thomas Sutherland, Grand Rapids — “(Sutherland) worked the duck opener with a mixed bag of ducks present in hunters’ boats.”
Keith Olson, Lake Superior Marine Unit — “Duck opener was worked under 82 degree temps and muggy conditions. Duck hunting was a challenge at best.”
Sean Williams, Ely area — “Hunting activity was very low over the past week, and finding a successful waterfowl hunter was difficult. Hunters reported swatting more mosquitoes than ducks in the very unseasonably warm weather.”
Colleen Adam, Ray area — “Ducks were available if you were willing to work for them between the rain and thunderstorms.”
John Slatinski, International Falls area — “Waterfowl hunters were checked with a fair success rate noted on opener, and a few hunters had limited success on Sunday.”
Darrin Kittelson, International Falls area — “(Kittelson) reports opening of waterfowl season was uneventful with few hunters and very limited success observed in area.”
Jimmy Van Asch, Hill City area — “Duck hunters were out in full force for the 2017 opener despite subpar weather. High numbers of teal and wood ducks were observed during bag checks.”