Ducks traveling south through Minnesota always find a rude welcome this time of year. About 80,000 hunters will be hunkered down along the chilly marshlands around the state on Saturday for the state's waterfowl hunting opener.
These hunters are a tough group of individuals, Star Tribune outdoors writer Dennis Anderson says.
This is the earliest duck opener since World War II, the Department of Natural Resources says. The season ends Dec. 2.
It should be good shootin', the DNR says, noting that there were record duck-breeding populations this year. And there's less water due to dry conditions, so hunters may find fewer places to go. But that also plays to their advantage – all those migrating birds will be more concentrated, the DNR says.
This year the state is divided into three zones that allow for later hunting as the birds migrate, WCCO reports: