DNR: Fewer hunters show up for duck opener

The state sold 3,000 fewer waterfowl stamps this year compared to last. The Department of Natural Resources says they're not sure why -- especially this year -- when duck populations are up and the season opened a week earlier.
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The state sold 3,000 fewer waterfowl stamps this year compared to last. The Department of Natural Resources says they're not sure why -- especially this year -- when duck populations are up and the season opened a week earlier.

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