Doug Smith

Even if the fish aren’t biting, the ducks aren’t flying and the pheasants aren’t flushing, Doug Smith says any day spent outdoors is a good day. A Minnesota native, he’s been covering the outdoors for the Star Tribune since 1995. He considers walleyes fried over a campfire to be gourmet cuisine.

Weekly DNR waterfowl report: More migrant ducks arrive

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: October 10, 2013 - 5:45 PM

From the DNR's weekly waterfowl migration report, which came out Thursday:

"Duck hunting success has remained fair across the state despite the unseasonably warm fall weather pattern. Numbers of early season migrant ducks such as blue-winged teal and wood ducks are declining and more of the typical mid-season migrant species such as redhead, gadwall, green-winged teal, and coots have increased.

"Ring-necked duck numbers in north central Minnesota increased from last week and are likely near normal levels for this time of the fall. A few scaup are present in northern Minnesota. Hunting pressure was somewhat higher in the Central Zone last weekend when the season reopened but generally remains fairly low. Canada goose numbers have improved in many areas. Small numbers of tundra swans arrived in northern Minnesota last weekend.

"Wetland habitat conditions improved statewide with some of the recent rain events and are generally in good shape. Wild rice stands are just starting to deteriorate on wild rice lakes. Corn and soybean harvest is progressing rapidly.

"None of the reports or waterfowl counts from Federal refuges are available due to the Federal government shutdown."

You can see the full report at http://www.startribune.com/a726

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