Look out, ducks. It's the opener.


Duck hunters are on the water Saturday for the season opener. MPR News quotes DNR officials who predict a good one. They say there are 30 percent more ducks this year compared to last.

Thursday's DNR waterfowl migration report  says the duck census is up thanks to abundant wild rice.

The Star Tribune lists the types of ducks hunters can expect to see today. They are blue-winged teal, wood ducks, mallards and ring-necked ducks. The story says most ducks are drab this early in the season. Brilliant markings will reveal themselves after molting in a few weeks.

The DNR is reminding hunters to wear their life jackets, which now come in camouflage.

It has a list of precautions here.

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