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.

Cold weather could mean more ducks over hunters' blinds

Posted by: Doug Smith Updated: 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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