Waterfowl hunting

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Waterfowl hunting zones

Map showing waterfowl hunting zones in Minnesota

Ducks, coots, mergansers

ZoneHunting dates
NorthSept. 22 - Nov. 20
CentralSept. 22 - Sept. 30; Oct. 6 - Nov. 25
SouthSept. 22 - Sept. 30; Oct. 13 - Dec. 2


ZoneHunting dates
Early goose (statewide)Sept. 1-16
NorthSept. 22-Dec. 21
CentralSept. 22-30; Oct. 6-Dec. 26
SouthSept. 22-30; Oct. 13-Jan. 2, 2019


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Wetlands for wildlife

North Ottawa Flood Control Project


Moist Soils & Shallow Lakes

The DNR intensively manages restored wetlands by keeping them dry during a portion of the summer growing season and flooding them during spring and fall. This creates shallow waters that ducks favor.

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Waterfowl information



General information

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