Waterfowl hunting

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Waterfowl hunting zones

Map showing waterfowl hunting zones in Minnesota

Ducks, coots, mergansers

ZoneHunting dates
NorthSept. 26 - Nov. 24
CentralSept. 26 - Oct. 4; Oct. 10 - Nov. 29
SouthSept. 26 - Oct. 4; Oct. 17 - Dec. 6

Geese

ZoneHunting dates
Early goose (statewide)Sept. 5-20
NorthSept. 26-Dec. 25
CentralSept. 26-Oct. 4; Oct. 10-Dec. 30
SouthSept. 26-Oct. 4; Oct. 17-Jan. 6, 2021

Information

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Seasons

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10/12/19 - 01/02/20Canada geese - Season 2South duck zone
02/18/20 - 04/30/20Goose - spring light goose conservation actionStatewide
09/05/20 - 09/20/20Canada geese - Early seasonStatewide
09/12/20 - 09/13/20Youth Waterfowl HuntStatewide
09/26/20 - 11/24/20Ducks - Season 1North duck zone
09/26/20 - 10/04/20Ducks - Season 1Central duck zone
09/26/20 - 10/04/20Ducks - Season 1South duck zone
10/10/20 - 11/29/20Ducks - Season 2Central duck zone
10/17/20 - 12/06/20Ducks - Season 2South duck zone

News Releases

 

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.

Wetland and waterfowl habitat management »

Waterfowl information

Ducks

Geese

General information

Reports and surveys »