Waterfowl hunting updates in Minnesota wildlife

Stephanie Moua

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MINNESOTA, MN — The Department of Natural Resources releases a weekly summary of upcoming wildlife and habitat management activities.

Here are the excerpts from its latest update:

  • New hunting opportunity: Experimental early teal season

In 2021, hunters will have a chance to harvest up to six teal during an experimental five-day early teal season.

The season runs from Saturday, Sept. 4, through Wednesday, Sept. 8, and hunters may shoot up to six birds.

For more details, visit https://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

  • 2021 waterfowl hunting regulation updates

The department’s changes to waterfowl season eased or removed regulations that it implemented long ago.

The changes include increasing the bag limit for dark geese from three to five per day, reducing the 12-day season split in the south zone to a five-day split, and opening four areas where over-water goose hunting was restricted.

Shooting hours are extended to sunset — rather than ending at 4 p.m. — during the first portion of Minnesota’s waterfowl hunting season.

Waterfowl hunting season dates this coming fall will be on:

Saturday, Sept. 25, through Tuesday, Nov. 23, in the north zone.

Saturday, Sept. 25, through Sunday, Oct. 3, and Saturday, Oct. 9, through Sunday, Nov. 28, for both the south and central zones.

For more details, visit https://www.mndnr.gov/hunting/waterfowl.

  • Apply through Friday to hunt elk in Minnesota

Any hunters interested in hunting elk still have time until Friday, June 18, to apply for one of 30 elk licenses offered this year by the DNR. Seasons will run from late August to mid-October.

For more details, visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/hunting/elk/index.html.

  • Stay bear aware this summer

Even though black bears are naturally cautious animals that avoid human contact for their safety, it’s important to do what you can to prevent human-bear conflict.

This includes being proactive to avoid startling bears and securing potential food sources.

This year’s late frost with dry conditions will reduce or delay the availability of berries and nuts, so it is important to secure anything that a bear would consider as food.

For more details, visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/livingwith_wildlife/bears/index.html.

  • Leave fawns be

Most fawns are born from mid-May to mid-June. During their first few weeks of life, they do not attempt to evade predators. Instead, they remain still to avoid being seen.

So if you see a fawn alone, avoid disturbing them as they’re busy learning survival skills from their mothers, who are often foraging nearby.

For more details, visit https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/eco/nongame/rehabilitation/orphaned-wildlife.html.

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