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Minnesota DNR sets fall waterfowl season

Minnesota’s waterfowl season will open a half-hour before sunrise on Sept. 27, under a season structure similar to last year, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Thursday.

Hunters will see similar bag limits and season dates that vary for north, central and southern zones, the DNR said.

In all zones, the daily bag limit remains at six ducks per day. The mallard bag limit remains at four per day, including two hen mallards. The wood duck bag limit remains at three per day. The only bag limit change from the 2013 waterfowl season is the canvasback limit, which decreases from two to one per day.

Minnesota and three other states in the Mississippi Flyway had the option of including two additional blue-winged teal in the daily bag limit (bonus blue-winged teal).

“We thought the risk that green-winged teal might be taken by mistake was too great,” Paul Telander, DNR wildlife section chief, said in a statement. “In addition, we did not get a chance to survey waterfowl hunters or take any form of public input related to bonus teal. We plan to do that within the next year.”

In the north duck zone (north of Minnesota Highway 210), the duck season will run from Sept. 27 through Nov. 25. In the central duck zone, the duck season will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 5, and from Oct. 11 through Nov. 30.

In the south duck zone (south of Minnesota Highway 212), the duck season will run from Sept. 27-29 and from Oct. 11 through Dec. 6.

Youth Waterfowl Day will be Sept. 13. Hunters ages 15 and under may take regular season bag limits when accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. The accompanying adult can’t hunt that day and does not need a license.


Canada goose hunting will open in the three duck zones, and also in an intensive harvest zone in western Minnesota. For a map of the intensive zone and other information, see

The August Canada goose management harvest will open Saturday and run through Aug. 24 in the Intensive Harvest Zone only. The bag limit is 10 per day. A $4 permit is required.

The early September Canada goose season will open statewide on Sept. 6 and run through Sept. 22. Bag limits for Canada geese are 10 per day in the Intensive Harvest Zone and five per day in the remainder of the state. A $4 permit is required to hunt Canada geese during September season.

Minnesota’s regular goose season will open in conjunction with the duck season statewide on Sept. 27, with a bag limit of three Canada geese per day the entire season. Goose season will be closed in the central and south duck zones when duck season is closed.

In the north duck zone, goose season will run from Sept. 27 through Dec. 25.

The season for sandhill cranes will run from Sept. 13 through Oct. 19 in the northwest goose and sandhill crane zone only. The daily bag limit will be one sandhill crane per day. A $3 sandhill crane permit is required in addition to a small game hunting license.