As duck hunters, we’ve grown pretty accustomed to waiting for weather systems to move around birds. And if the latest Minnesota Waterfowl Migration and Hunting Report from the DNR is any indication, that’s pretty much what hunters are hoping for these days.
After a warm – very warm, in some parts of the state – start to the season (but a seemingly good start, too) things have cooled down in a bit in terms of hunter success and hunting pressure. Part of the reason for that, of course, is that the season in the Central and South duck zones has been closed since Oct. 1. It reopens tomorrow – Saturday, Oct. 7 – in the Central Zone and Oct. 14 in the South Zone.
According to the report, ring-necked duck numbers have improved in many parts of the state, while wood duck numbers remain stable. Blue-winged teal numbers have dropped off. There are some redheads around, too, and some mid-season migrants have moved in. It will be interesting to see how all the rain we’ve received recently will affect things.
Good luck to everyone headed out this weekend!