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Duck Hunting in Minnesota

Minnesota, Duck Hunting Nation State, Waterfowl Hunting, Waterfowl Hunting




Duck Statewide Harvest


Goose Statewide Harvest


No. Waterfowl Licenses Sold Annually


Ducks Per Hunter


Geese Per Hunter


Cost of Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

$7.50 to $8.25

Cost of Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

Fall special goose $4; spring light goose $2.50

$102 season; $75 72-hour

Cost of Non-Resident Waterfowl Hunting License

$7.50 to $8.25

Cost of Non-Resident State Stamps and Permits


Federal Duck Stamp

Fall special goose $4; spring light goose $2.50
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When people think of waterfowl hunting in Minnesota, a couple of things come to mind: giant Canada geese and wild rice lakes. Rochester is famous for goose hunting and was the last stronghold of the giant Canada goose, which once faced extinction. Try telling that to your buddies at the golf course. Giant Canada numbers have exploded in recent years, of course, to the point of becoming a nuisance on golf courses, parks and other areas. Goose hunting is king in Minnesota, and several areas offer controlled goose hunts, including Orwell, Lac Qui Parle, Thief Lake, Roseau River and Talcot Lake wildlife management areas, as well as the famous Rochester Game Refuge.

Minnesota is also well known for wild rice lakes. This naturally growing grain is an important food source for various duck species, particularly mallards, teal and ringnecks. Although they live in relative obscurity elsewhere, ringnecks are one of the most common duck species bagged in Minnesota, usually coming in only behind popular puddlers such as teal, mallards and wood ducks in terms of harvest.

From humble beginnings at Lake Itasca, the Mississippi River turns into a major waterfowl stopover as it widens. Hunters will find a mixed bag on the Big Muddy, but especially mallards, gadwalls, bluebills and canvasbacks.

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