The 2012 Minnesota waterfowl hunting regulation booklet now is available, both at the usual retail outlets and on the DNR’s website at www.dnr.state.mn.us.
There are several new regulations this season, and the state will be divided into three hunting zones, so hunters are advised to pick up a copy.
Meanwhile, hunters have until Sept. 12 to reserve a date to hunt from a blind in the controlled zone at the DNR’s Lake qui Parle Wildlife Management Area.
Applications postmarked between Aug. 20 and Sept. 12 will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations to hunt in the controlled zone will only be accepted for hunting dates from Thursday, Oct. 18, to Friday, Nov. 30.
To apply, hunters must submit a standard 3½-inch by 5½-inch postcard with their full name and address, plus their first and second choice of hunting dates. The limit is one postcard per hunter. Send postcards to Controlled Hunt, Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area, 14047 20th St. NW, Watson, MN 56295.
Successful applicants will receive notification by mail designating the date of their hunt. Hunters may bring one or two guests. All hunters in the Lac qui Parle controlled hunting zone who are 18 and older will be charged a $3 fee on the day of their hunt to partially cover controlled hunt expenses.
The DNR will assign goose-hunting stations during a drawing on the morning of the hunt.
The regular Canada goose season will be 85 days at Lac qui Parle starting Saturday, Sept. 22. Prior to Thursday, Oct. 18, the Lac qui Parle State Game Refuge will be closed to waterfowl hunting. From Thursday, Dec. 1, until the end of the goose season, hunters still can use designated hunting blinds, but access will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, call the Lac qui Parle headquarters at 320-734-4451.