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Officials Optimistic Ahead of Minnesota Duck Opener

Duck hunting season opens Saturday in Minnesota. Duck hunting season opens Saturday in Minnesota. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

STEVE KARNOWSKI, Associated Press
September 22, 2017 02:07 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited are optimistic about the waterfowl season in Minnesota, which starts a half-hour before sunrise Saturday.

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The DNR estimates that about 50,000 duck and goose hunters will be out for opening weekend. However, rain and thunderstorms are forecast for much of the state.

The DNR says duck hunters should expect fair to good numbers in most areas on opening weekend. And there was a big wild rice crop in northern Minnesota that will encourage ducks to stick around.

Jon Schneider, manager of conservation programs for Ducks Unlimited in Minnesota, says that if hunters are fortunate enough to have the flexibility to be out in the right places, they should see more ducks over their decoys than last year.


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