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Cold weather could mean more ducks over hunters' blinds

  • Blog Post by: Doug Smith
  • November 7, 2013 - 5:15 PM

Minnesota's duck season is nearing a critical point, as recent cold weather freezes some lakes and sloughs. Ducks should be migrating into – and out of – the state.

The DNR's weekly waterfowl migration report says hunters reported mixed success over the past week, but generally better than the previous week.

"Duck numbers in northern Minnesota declined dramatically as many lakes are now ice covered,'' reported Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist.

"Many locations in central and southern Minnesota noted increasing numbers of ducks, particularly diving ducks, over the past week,'' Cordts reported. "Migrant snow geese, Canada geese, and tundra swans were all observed moving into Minnesota earlier this week. Waterfowl hunting pressure remains very low and will be extremely low this weekend with the firearms deer opener.''

The full report is here.

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