Waterfowl season opener this weekend

Minnesota’s regular waterfowl season opens a half-hour before sunrise this Saturday with the same regulations as last year.

The DNR is advising hunters to take precautions for avian influenza to minimize risk of spread.

Bird flu poses little risk to people but can be spread by contact with sick birds and hunting equipment.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a list of tips online. 

Hunter-harvested birds will be allowed into the U.S. from Canada, in a change from the USDA, lifting restrictions set earlier this month. Several conditions should be carefully reviewed online.

\It’s also “Take a Kid Hunting Weekend” for small game.

Adult Minnesota residents with youth younger than 16 may hunt small game without a license, such as squirrels and rabbits.

The DNR says hunting small game is a great way to introduce kids to hunting because they learn how to search for game signs, properly handle firearms and access hunting land, all without too much time sitting still or being quiet.

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