Waterfowl Hunting

2013 Regulations

The 2013 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting handbook is available online, at license agents and many area DNR offices.

2014 Light Goose

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that the spring season on “light” geese (snow geese, blue-phased snow geese, and the smaller Ross’s goose) will open March 1, 2014 and run until April 30 again this spring. The season is allowed under a federal Conservation Order which permits the take of “light” geese during the spring. More information about the light goose conservation order.

Mentored Youth Hunt

Migration and hunting reports

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03/01/14 - 04/30/14


Goose - Spring Light Goose season

08/09/14 - 08/24/14

Intensive Harvest Zone

August Canada Goose Management Action

09/06/14 - 09/22/14


Early Canada Goose season-Tentative



Youth Waterfowl Day-Tentative



Waterfowl season opener-Tentative

Hunting Seasons

DNR News

06/30/2014: Breeding duck numbers down, Canada goose population similar to last year Full story

05/21/2014: DNR to hold public hearing on Middle Lake Full story

10/17/2013: New open water duck hunt; safety is a successful hunt Full story

10/03/2013: Roseville artist wins 2014 pheasant stamp competition Full story

Wetlands for wildlife
North Ottawa Flood Control Project

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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.

Learn about DNR's focus on wetland and waterfowl habitat »