By: News Intern Katherine Jones
ST. PAUL- Duck hunting is expected to have a good season when Minnesota’s regular waterfowl it opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday, September 21.
This past spring, biologists estimated the total breeding duck population in Minnesota at 14 percent above the long-term average and nearly identical to last year’s estimate of 693,000 ducks.
The estimated number of wetlands was 19 percent higher than last year and 23 percent above the long-term average, reflecting the wet year.
The spring estimate for Canada geese was 110,000 birds, down 32 percent from last year’s estimate. Duck season will be open for 60 days, and the daily duck bag limit is six per day.