Watch for wild ricers this early waterfowl season

The Minnesota DNR is reminding hunters to be aware and on the lookout for wild rice harvesters.

The experimental early teal and goose hunting seasons coincide with the ripening of wild rice.

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and the White Earth Nation have closed all wild rice waters within the boundaries of their respective reservations to the all over-water waterfowl hunting during the traditional wild rice harvest.

The experimental early teal season is Sept. 3 through Sept. 7, and the early goose season is Sept. 3 through Sept. 18.

Shooting hours for early teal are sunrise to sunset, while for goose it is 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset.

The DNR advises all waterfowl hunters to be aware of these tribal restrictions.

More information is available on the DNR’s waterfowl hunting webpage.

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