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Eff ective September2017through April 30, 2018MINNESOTAWATERFOWL HUNTING REGULATIONSSHARE THE PASSION# hunters are relying on you to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species ... do your HUNTERS CLEAN aquatic plants, animals and mud from all gear, boats, clothing, dogs and vehicles. DRAIN all water from boats and equipment and leave drain plugs out when transporting. DRY everything for at least 5 days before hunting in other more at OF CONTENTSLicense Information ........................................ ........................................ .......................5Sandhill Crane and Early Goose Seasons ........................................ .......................62017 Seasons, Dates and Bag Limits ........................................ .................................7Youth Hunt ........................................ ........................................ ........................................ 8Harvest Information Program (HIP) ........................................ ..............................10Question s About Licenses ........................................ ........................................ .........10General Waterfowl Regulations ........................................ .......................................1 2Illustrated Ducks and Geese of Minnesota ........................................ ..................18Blinds for Hunters with Disabilities ........................................ .................................24State Refuges Open to Goose Hunting ........................................ .......................24Summary of Federal Regulations ........................................ ....................................28Sh ooting Hours ........................................ ........................................ ............................30Minnesota State Duck StampFunds raised through the sale of Minnesota state duck stamps pay for waterfowl research, management and habitat thereby improving conditions for the state s resident and migrating by Timothy Turenne, Richfield, MinnesotaCover photo courtesy of Steve Piepgras. Wetland photo: Deborah Rose, MN DNR. Ring-neck drake photo by Carrol images on pages 18-23 from Waterfowl Identification by Richard LeMaster, Stackpole Books. Used with permission. This publication is partially funded through advertising revenue. The State of Minnesota and Department of Natural Resources can neither endorse the products or services advertised nor accept any liability arising from the use of these products or Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations4Waterfowlers are more likely to drown in a duck boat capsizing accident than they are to be accidentally injured in a firearms mishap. For a free brochure on duck boat safety contact the Minnesota DNR. Call 888-MINNDNR or email wear as a donor when you get your DNR waterfowl hunting license CAN REGISTER TO BE AN ORGAN, EYE & TISSUE IN INFORMATIONGENERALResident and nonresident waterfowl hunters 16 years old or older must have one of the following licenses:FEE*LICENSEAGE$ Resident Senior Citizen Small Game65 and older$ 5Resident Youth Small Game16 and 17$22Resident Small Game18 to 64$19Resident 72-hour Small Game18 to 64$38Resident Individual Sports18 and older$52Resident Combination Sports18 and older$93Resident Individual Super Sports18 and older$117Resident Combination Super Sports18 and older$**Resident lifetime small game renewal$**Resident lifetime sports renewal$ 5Nonresident Youth Small Game16 and 17$75Nonresident 72-hour Small Game18 and older$102Nonresident Small Game18 and olderIn addition: A Federal Duck Stamp is required for all persons age 16 and older. An electronically-issued federal stamp is valid for 45 days. Pictorial stamps, when received by mail, must be signed and in the possession of the hunter. HIP certification is required for any licensed waterfowl or migratory bird hunter. (See HIP information page 10.) A Minnesota state waterfowl stamp is required for residents age 18 to 64 and nonresidents age 16 and over. (72-hour licenses include the state waterfowl stamp.) Special goose permit (residents ages 18-64 and all nonresidents) required for the September season, $4. Sandhill crane permit required for northwest crane season (residents and nonresidents) $3. Persons hunting waterfowl on commercial shooting preserves are required to have both a federal and a state duck stamp validation in addition to a small game license. The only exception is when taking only marked, pen-reared mallards. There are licensing exceptions for landowners, military personnel and others. See the 2017 Hunting Regulations Handbook for a complete listing of license requirements. * Prices shown do not include additional fees charged for issuing licenses. ** Price varies depending on age at purchase. Lifetime license applications are available by calling 888-646-6367 or online at Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations6!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!( !(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!(!( 2")310")92")11")1")32")89 9 1 54 2 27 54 9 28PolkMarshallRoseauKittsonPenningtonRed LakeRed Lake RiverOsloTrailSkimeNoyesGullySultanRosea uRobbinGryglaFisherBrooksAnglimMattsonMa lloryFreemanDelormeCaribouCrookstonBig WoodsTerrebonne East Grand ForksSaint Vincent JunctionNoyes JunctionSaint Vincent!(!(!(!(Nicollet CountyS w a nM i d d l eOshawaNicolletCourtlandNorth StarMinnesota River 14")111")99 12 17 21 5 13SANDHILL CRANE AND EARLY GOOSE SEASONSSEPTEMBER GOOSE HUNTSeason dates: September bag limit: 5 dark geese (combined); 20 light geese (combined).Shooting hours: hour before sunrise to sunset. License requirements: Small game license. State waterfowl stamp ($ ). Special goose permit ($4, residents ages 18-64 and all nonresidents). A federal stamp is required for the September and regular goose GOOSE AND SANDHILL CRANE ZONEEarly season goose and sandhill crane hunting near water are prohibited within the northwest goose zone boundary from September LAKE AREAEarly season goose hunting (September 2-17) near water prohibited within the boundary. See page 9 for Goose and Sandhill Crane ZoneSwan Lake SEASONS, DATES AND BAG LIMITSDUCKS/COOTSDUCKS, COOTS, MERGANSERS, MOORHENS (GALLINULES)SEASON DATESNorth Zone See map, page 8Sept. 23 - Nov. 21 Central Zone See map, page 8Sept. 23 - Oct. 1; Oct. 7 - Nov. 26South Zone See map, page 8Sept. 23 - Oct. 1; Oct. 14 - Dec. 3Duck: Daily bag limit is 6. No more than any of the following species: 4 mallards (2 hen mallards), 3 scaup, 3 wood ducks, 1 pintail, 2 redheads, 2 canvasbacks, 2 black ducks. If not listed up to 6 ducks of a species may be taken. Coot and moorhen (gallinule) bag limits: Daily bag limit is 15. Shooting hours are the same as for the regular waterfowl bag limit: Daily bag limit is 5, no more than 2 of which may be a hooded merganser. The possession limit for all migratory birds is three times the daily bag , WHITE FRONTED, BRANT, SNOW, BLUE SNOW, ROSS SSEASON DATESBAG LIMITSEarly Goose (statewide)Sept. 2 - 17 Dark geese5 combined Light geese20North Zone*Sept. 23 - Dec. 22 Dark geese3 combined Light geese20Central Zone*Sept. 23 - Oct. 1; Oct. 7 - Dec. 27 Dark geese3 combined Light geese20South Zone*Sept. 23 - Oct. 1; Oct. 14 - Jan. 3 Dark geese3 combined Light geese20Dark geese: Canada, white-fronted and brantLight geese: snow, blue snow and Ross's* See map page Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations8Regular Season Duck and Goose ZonesYOUTH HUNTOn September 9, 2017, waterfowl hunters age 15 and younger, when accompanied by a non-hunting adult (age 18 and older, no license required) may take ducks, Canada geese, mergansers, coots and moorhens from hour before sunrise to 4 Motorized decoys may not be used. Bag limits are the same as the regular duck season. Five Canada geese may be taken statewide. Hunters ages 13 to 15 must have a firearms safety certificate or apprentice hunter validation in their possession. All other migratory bird hunting regulations apply. SHOOTING HOURSShooting hours for sandhill crane, rail, snipe, ducks and geese are hour before sunrise to 4 from the opening day of duck season through Friday, October 6, and until sunset thereafter. See youth hunt and early goose season for additional hours. MIGRATORY BIRDSSEASON DATES DAILY LIMITPOSSESSION LIMIT Mourning dovesSept. 1 - Nov. 291545WoodcockSept. 23 - Nov. 639Sora and Virginia railSept. 1 - Nov. 625 (in aggregate)75 (in aggregate)Common snipe (Wilson s or Jacksnipe)Sept. 1 - Nov. 6824Sandhill crane*Sept. 16 - Oct. 2213* Northwest goose and crane zone only, see page FALCONRY SEASONDates: Ducks, coots and moorhens may be taken by falconry from September 23 through December 3 only when they may be taken by firearm and from December 16 through January 30, 2018 statewide. Geese may be taken by falconry during any open goose season. Woodcock, rail, doves and snipe may be taken by falconry from September 1 through December limits and hours: Three daily combined and nine in possession combined. Falconry hours are hour before sunrise to sunset, except beginning September 23, when they are the same as the waterfowl shooting hours. SURFACE WATER RESTRICTIONS Surface water includes, but is not limited to wetlands, lakes, rivers and streams. Temporarily flooded cropland, pasture, or other temporarily flooded areas (unless contiguous with lakes, wetlands, rivers or streams) are not included. This restriction does not apply to youth participating in the youth waterfowl hunt or in other areas as specifically authorized by the person may not hunt geese or cranes during the September goose season within 100 yards of surface water in the following areas: Northwest Goose and Sandhill Crane Zone Carlos Avery Wildlife Management Area Swan Lake Area Ocheda Lake Game Refuge 2017 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations10HARVEST INFORMATION PROGRAM (HIP)Before hunting waterfowl or migratory game birds (except sandhill cranes), you must be Harvest Information Program (HIP) certified by answering yes when asked whether you intend to hunt migratory birds at the time you buy your small game or sports license. If you don t, you can still answer yes at a later date at no cost by getting a HIP receipt at any electronic license sales location. Evidence of compliance will be noted on your license as HIP Certified and must be carried while hunting migratory birds. WHY HIP?Using information gathered with HIP, DNR waterfowl biologists and the Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are developing more reliable estimates of the number of all migratory birds harvested throughout the country. FIREARMS SAFETY CERTIFICATEAnyone born after December 31, 1979 must have a Firearms Safety Certificate, Apprentice Hunter Validation, a previous hunting license with a firearms safety indicator or other evidence of successfully completing a hunter safety course to obtain a license to take wild animals with firearms in ABOUT LICENSESWHERE CAN I BUY A LICENSE OR STAMP?The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources issues licenses through 1,500 license agent locations throughout Minnesota sporting goods stores, hunting and fishing supplies stores and some discount chains. Federal migratory waterfowl stamp validations will be available at all of Minnesota s 1,500 electronic license vendors. The electronic validation for the federal stamp is valid for up to 45 days until the customer receives the pictorial stamp by mail, when it must be signed and kept in DO I BUY A LICENSE ONLINE OR BY TELEPHONE?Licenses may be purchased via the DNR website at or by calling 888-665-4236. Additional convenience fees are added for sales via the internet or Spreading Invasive SpeciesIt is illegal to transport aquatic plants, zebra mussels, snails or other prohibited invasive species in or on boats, trailers, or other equipment such as decoys and waders. Waterfowl hunters may use emergent aquatic plants, such as cattails and bulrushes, cut above the waterline, for building blinds or camouflage. Clean aquatic plants, animals and mud from your boat, trailer, waders or hip boots, push poles, clothing, decoy and lines, dogs, and ATV or truck. Drain all water from boats and equipment and leave drain plugs out when transporting. Dry everything for at least five days before hunting in other elliptical, bulb-shaped or strap decoy anchors to reduce snagging aquatic Duck Hunting OpportunityCarlos Avery WMA Controlled Hunt Zone A special restricted access hunt will be held in the Pool 2 portion of the sanctuary at Carlos Avery WMA in Anoka County. Two areas will be available by drawing on Saturday and Tuesday mornings until the beginning of the firearm deer season. Applications will be accepted for groups of up to four with preference given to groups with at least one youth hunter (age 17 and under) or one senior hunter (age 65 and over). Minnesota Waterfowl Association will conduct drawings for blinds two weeks prior to each week of hunting. For rules, application form and dates go to: , or call Carlos Avery WMA Headquarters 651-539-33232017 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations12GENERAL WATERFOWL REGULATIONS NEW FOR 2017 The bag limit for pintails is one per day and black ducks is two per day. The Mud-Bardwell Refuge in Martin County will be open for hunting geese on October 14. The light goose conservation action will be February 15 through April 30 in VALIDATION/APPRENTICE HUNTERLicense validations for state migratory waterfowl stamps are legal for hunting without the pictorial stamp. Purchasers can request the optional pictorial stamp for a fee but it is not required for hunter validation is available for residents and non-residents who would normally be required to possess a firearms safety certificate to hunt small game or deer. See the Hunting and Trapping Regulations Handbook for Migratory game birds means ducks, geese, mergansers, coots, moorhens (gallinules), woodcock, rails, snipe, sandhill cranes, and mourning doves. Migratory waterfowl means ducks, geese, and mergansers. Undressed bird means ducks, or geese or other migratory game birds with one fully- feathered wing Invasive Species Alert: Faucet SnailThe faucet snail carries a parasite that has killed thousands of diving ducks and coots in Minnesota. Faucet snails can be moved to new lakes on waterfowl hunting equipment they can attach to your gear, be hidden in mud, or attached to plants. You can help prevent the spread of faucet snails by taking a few moments to check your boat, waders, push poles, decoys, and decoy anchors before leaving the water access: Clean aquatic plants, animals and mud from all gear, boats, clothing, dogs and vehicles. Drain all water from boats and equipment, and leave drain plugs out when transporting. Dry everything for at least five days before hunting in other waters. Check your gear before you go back out to hunt faucet snails can live out of water for more than five for more SwanNON-TOXIC SHOT REQUIREDIt is unlawful to take geese, ducks, mer gan sers, coots, moorhens, or sandhill cranes with lead shot or while having any lead shot in possession. Only shot approved by the Fish and Wildlife Service may be used. SHOOTING HOURSShooting hours for coots, ducks, geese, moorhens, sandhill cranes (Northwest Goose and Sandhill Crane Zone only) rails and snipe are hour before sunrise to 4 from September 23 through Friday, October 6, and until sunset thereafter. See sunrise/sunset tables inside back cover. DON T SHOOT A SWANBoth tundra and trumpeter swans are found in Minnesota and are not legal game birds. Trumpeter swans are entirely white with a black bill and black legs. They weigh over 25 pounds. Young swans are gray-brown in color. OPENING DAY POSSESSION LIMITOn the opening day of the season, no person may possess more freshly killed migratory game birds than is allowed by the daily bag person may not kill or wound any migratory game bird without making a reasonable effort to retrieve the bird and include it in the daily bag IN OPEN WATERA person may not take migratory waterfowl, coots, or rails in open water unless that person is: a) within a natural growth of vegetation suf fi cient to partially con ceal the person or boat, or b) pursuing or shooting wounded birds (while in compliance with watercraft restrictions), or c) on a river or stream that is not more than 100 yards in width, or d) hunting on one of the following water bodies: 1. Mississippi River from the Highway 61 bridge at Hastings to the Iowa border: hunting is allowed from anchored boats not more than 100 feet from any shoreline, including islands. 2. Lake Pepin, Lake of the Woods, and Lake Mille Lacs: open-water hunting is allowed from boats that must be anchored. 3. Lake Superior: open water hunting is allowed on the Minnesota waters north and east of the Minnesota/Park Point peninsula as long as boats remain Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations14WATERCRAFT A person using watercraft to take migratory wa ter fowl must comply with the provisions for Taking in Open Water. Migratory waterfowl may be taken from a floating watercraft if the craft is drifting, beached, moored, resting at anchor, or is being propelled by paddle, oars, or pole. Migratory waterfowl may be taken from a wa ter craft propelled by motor or sails only if the motor is shut off and the sails are furled and the wa ter craft has stopped. While on the water and traveling to or from a site the person intends to hunt, unloaded and uncased firearms may be transported in a boat or other watercraft capable of being propelled by motor or sail. Firearms must be transported unloaded and cased in such watercraft: Within Anoka, Hennepin and Ramsey counties. Within the boundaries of a home rule, charter or statutory city with a population of 2,500 or more. As otherwise restricted by game refuge, shining or night vision laws. All watercraft (including boats used for duck hunting during the duck season) are required to carry and have readily accessible, one Coast Guard approved wearable (Type I, II, or III) personal flotation device or life preserver for each person on board. In addition, boats 16 feet or longer (except canoes and kayaks) must carry at least one coast guard approved throwable device (boat cushion or ring buoy) for the boat. Boat cushions are not acceptable as primary lifesaving devices. During open waterfowl seasons, a person may not leave an un at tend ed boat used for hunting waterfowl in public waters between sunset and one hour before sunrise unless the boat is adjacent to private land under control of the person and the water does not contain a natural growth of veg e ta tion sufficient to partially conceal a hunter or a boat. A waterfowl boat does not have to be licensed when used for waterfowl hunting only. Persons leaving waters of the state must drain boating-related equipment holding water and live wells and bilges by removing the drain plug before transporting the watercraft and associated equipment on public roads. Drain plugs, bailers, valves, or other devices used to control the draining of water from ballast tanks, bilges and live wells must be removed or opened while transporting watercraft on public AND SINK BOXESNo person may erect a blind in public waters or on public land more than one hour before the open season for waterfowl. No person may take migratory waterfowl, coots, or rails using a sink box or in public waters from a permanent artificial blind. A sink box is a structure that allows a hunter to hide beneath the water surface. Layout boats are not considered sink Your Bands at Each year, state and federal waterfowl biologists mark thousands of waterfowl with numbered leg bands. Hunters who report recovered bands receive specific information on where and when the bird was banded while providing important information for waterfowl management. Bands may be reported online at Any blind on public land or in public waters when not in use is con sidered public and not the property of the person who con struct ed it. Any use of threat or force against another person to gain possession of a blind is unlawful. Hunters may use aquatic emergent plants, such as cattails and bulrushes, cut above the waterline, for building blinds. DECOYS No person may place decoys on public lands or in public waters more than two hours before legal shooting hours for waterfowl. No person may leave decoys on public waters between sunset and two hours before legal shooting hours or leave decoys unattended during other times for more than three consecutive hours, except decoys may be left in waters adjacent to private land under control of the hunter where there is not sufficient natural vegetation growing in the water to partially conceal a hunter. A person may not leave decoys in public waters between sunset and one hour before shooting hours if the decoys constitute a nav i ga tion al DECOY RESTRICTIONSMotorized decoys may not be used statewide from the opening day of the duck season (and on Youth Waterfowl Day) through Saturday, October 7. Motorized decoys may not be used on water bodies and lands fully contained within state wildlife management area boundaries at any time during the duck season. This restriction applies whether the motor is running or not. Remote controls for motorized decoys are NETTING SEASON OPENThe whitefish netting season on Leech Lake and other lakes is open during duck season. Be careful when venturing near Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations16COUNTY LAKESBeltramiPuposky Lake* and Little Puposky Lake*Big Stone, Lac qui Parle and SwiftPart of Marsh Lake, Thielke Lake Blue EarthCottonwood LakeCarverTiger Lake*CassBig Rice, Goose, Mud LakesClearwaterUpper Rice LakeFaribaultPart of Minnesota Lake*FreebornBear Lake*, Upper Twin Lake*Grant and DouglasPart of Lake ChristinaItascaRice Lake (near Max) and Nature s LakeJacksonPart of South Heron Lake* and all of North Heron Lake* except Winzer Bay and North MarshKandiyohiWakanda Lake* and Lake Lillian*LeSueurDora*, Diamond*, Henry, Rice, Sanborn* and Scotch lakesMcLeodBakers Lake* and the unnamed lake* in Sec. 28, Twp. 114 N., R. 29 W. (Penn Twp.)Nicollet Oakleaf LakeOtter TailThat part of Lake Lizzie, also known as Rush Lake, located in Sec. 3-9, Twp. 136 N., R. 42 (Lida Twp.); and Mud Lake in Aastad Lake*PopeNelson Lake* and Lake JohannaScottPleasant LakeSibleyWashington Lake and Mud Lake in Wash ing ton Lake of Mud Lake* * When posted as migratory waterfowl feeding and resting areas during the open waterfowl season no person may use any motor-propelled wa ter craft ex cept trolling motors with battery power of 12 volts or AND TRANSPORTING MIGRATORY WATERFOWL AND GAME BIRDSDucks and all other migratory game birds must be transported with a feathered wing attached. Exception: doves may be fully WATERFOWL FEEDING AND RESTING AREASThe following areas have been designated Migratory Waterfowl Feed ing and Resting Ar eas. When posted as such during the open waterfowl season no person may use any motor-propelled wa ter craft ex cept trolling motors with battery power of 12 volts or less on lakes as indicated by the ElkAitkinFishAnokaCottonwoodBlue EarthPerchBlue EarthEagleBlue EarthRiceBlue EarthHanskaBrownLake 14Big StonePattersonCarverTigerCarverBig RiceCassAugustaCottonwoodBolstad SloughCottonwoodDogCrow WingAnkaDouglasJennieDouglasChristinaDou glas/GrantRiceFaribaultMinnesotaFaribaul tBearFreebornLower TwinFreebornGenevaFreebornUpper TwinFreebornAshGrantDenton SloughGrantTownerGrantHeronJacksonTealJa cksonLAKECOUNTYMiddleKandiyohiSanbornLeS ueurMahlke MarshLyo nPierceMartinBeaulieuMahnomenOnamiaMille LacsMariaMurrayRoundMurraySouth BadgerMurrayNorth BadgerMurraySwanNicolletMudOtter TailUpper LightningOtter TailSimonPopeLittle RiceSt. LouisBig RiceSt. LouisSandSibleyCedarStearnsRiceSteele/Do dgeHasselSwiftBuffaloWasecaGooseWasecaWi llisWasecaPelicanWrightSmithWrightCurtis Yellow MedicineSpellman (North and South)Yellow MedicineAIRBOATS PROHIBITED ON LAKES DESIGNATED FOR WILDLIFE USEThe use of airboats is prohibited at all times on the following lakes, which have been designated for wildlife management purposes, except as specifically authorized. Additional motorized restrictions may be posted at access use of outboard motors (including electric trolling motors) or motorized water vehicles (including amphibious vehicles) is prohibited on most wildlife management areas, waterfowl production areas or national wildlife refuges. See the Minnesota Hunting and Trapping Regulations for more Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations18hendrakedrakeheneclipse drakedrake hen hendrakedrakeheneclipse drakedrake hen ILLUSTRATED DUCKS AND GEESE OF MINNESOTA(NOT ALL SPECIES ARE DEPICTED)MALLARDLength 24" Weight mallard is the state s most common duck. Typical Minnesota harvest: 270, DUCKLength 24" Weight found in the Atlantic Flyway and, to a lesser extent, the Mississippi. There is a small breeding population in northeast Minnesota. Typical Minnesota harvest: 1, drakeeclipse drakedrake hen drake hen GADWALLLength 21" Weight 2 called gray mallards or gray ducks, gadwalls are one of the earliest migrants. Typical Minnesota harvest: 36, DUCKLength " Weight in all flyways; most numerous in the Atlantic and Mississippi flyways. Typical Minnesota harvest: 125, Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations20hendrakedrakeheneclipse drakedrake hen drake hen hendrakedrakeheneclipse drakePINTAILLength 26" Weight ducks use all four flyways but are most plentiful in the west. Typical Minnesota harvest: 15, MERGANSERLength 18" Weight seen in pairs or very small flocks. Typical Minnesota harvest: 9, drakehendrakeLesserGreaterLesser drakeGreater drakehendrakedrakeheneclipse drakedrake hen drake hen SCAUPLesser: Length 17" Weight lbs. Greater: Length " Weight 2 for the wing marks, greater and lesser scaup appear nearly identical in the field. The North American breeding population has rebounded in recent years. Minnesota harvest is at historic low levels and averages only about 10,000 17" Weight in appearance to scaup but more often found in fresh marshes and wooded ponds. Flocks of up to 200,000 stage on north central Minnesota refuges. Typical Minnesota harvest: 80, Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations22hendrakedrakedrake hen eclipse drakehendrakedrakehenheneclipse drakedrake hen CANVASBACKLength 22" Weight 3 to favor open-water areas. Normally late to start south. Typical Minnesota harvest: 3, 20" Weight coast to coast with the largest numbers in the Central Flyway. Often found associating with canvasback. Typical Minnesota harvest: 14, goosesnow gooseblue snow goosewhite-fronted gooseCANADA GOOSELength 25-43"Average annual Minnesota harvest: 249,000. About 36 percent of the harvest occurs during the September GOOSELength 25-38"BLUE SNOW GOOSELength 25-30"Black grin patch on bill is found only on snow blue snow goose is a variation of the lesser snow goose species. Average annual Minnesota harvest of snow geese and blue snow geese: 3, GOOSE Length 25-30" The pinkish bill, white patch on front of head and dark bars on the belly identify this species. Uncommon in Minnesota, the average annual harvest is fewer than 200 birds. 2017 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations24BLINDS FOR HUNTERS WITH DISABILITIES * No hunting within 100 yards of Mud and Bardwell lakes. ** No hunting within 100 yards of surface water in REFUGEOPEN SEASONBeltramiBemidji Game Refuge (except Lake Bemidji, Miss. River and Stump Lake)Early goose Sept. 2 - 17Clay Clay County Game RefugeEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17DakotaVermillion Highlands Research, Recreation and WMAGoose Dec. 11 - Jan. 3Dodge Claremont Game RefugeGoose huntingDouglas Evansville Game RefugeWaterfowl huntingEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Freeborn Moscow Game RefugeGoose huntingIsanti Elizabeth Lake Game Refuge German Lake Game RefugeEarly goose season and youth participating in a designated hunting mentoring program only. Martin Mud-Bardwell Game Refuge*Canada geese Oct. 14 - Jan. 3Nobles Ocheda Lake Game RefugeYouth Waterfowl Day Early goose Sept. 2 - 17**, Dec. 2 - Jan. 3OlmstedRochester Game RefugeEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Steele Rickert Waterfowl Refuge except Myron Buelow Waterfowl Sanctuary WMAEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Stevens Harstad Slough Waterfowl RefugeEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Watonwan Saint James Game RefugeGoose hunting Sept. 23 - 24STATE REFUGES OPEN TO GOOSE HUNTINGnewThe Lac qui Parle, Talcot Lake, Swan Lake and Whitewater Wildlife Management Areas have a number of duck or goose hunting blinds for hunters with disabilities. For more information, write to: Lac qui Parle WMA, 14047 20th St. NW, Watson, MN 56295; Nicollet Area Wildlife Office (Swan Lake WMA), 501 Ninth St., Nicollet, MN 56074; Talcot Lake WMA, 40249 County Road 7, Dundee, MN 56131; Whitewater WMA, 15035 Highway 74, Altura, MN 55910; Thief Lake WMA, 42280 240th Ave. NE, Middle River, MN REFUGEOPEN SEASONBeltramiBemidji Game Refuge (except Lake Bemidji, Miss. River and Stump Lake)Early goose Sept. 2 - 17Clay Clay County Game RefugeEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17DakotaVermillion Highlands Research, Recreation and WMAGoose Dec. 11 - Jan. 3Dodge Claremont Game RefugeGoose huntingDouglas Evansville Game RefugeWaterfowl huntingEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Freeborn Moscow Game RefugeGoose huntingIsanti Elizabeth Lake Game Refuge German Lake Game RefugeEarly goose season and youth participating in a designated hunting mentoring program only. Martin Mud-Bardwell Game Refuge*Canada geese Oct. 14 - Jan. 3Nobles Ocheda Lake Game RefugeYouth Waterfowl Day Early goose Sept. 2 - 17**, Dec. 2 - Jan. 3OlmstedRochester Game RefugeEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Steele Rickert Waterfowl Refuge except Myron Buelow Waterfowl Sanctuary WMAEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Stevens Harstad Slough Waterfowl RefugeEarly goose Sept. 2 - 17Watonwan Saint James Game RefugeGoose hunting Sept. 23 - 24CONTROLLED HUNTING ZONES Waterfowl or small game hunt ing, as specified, is restricted to des ig nat ed hunting stations in the portions posted as controlled hunt ing zones on or adjacent to the Lac qui Parle, Roseau River, Thief Lake, Talcot Lake, and Orwell Wild life Man age ment Areas, and the Roch es ter Game RestrictionsThe following regulations apply to persons within all the controlled hunting zones during the open Canada goose seasons or as otherwise specified: No more than one hunting party, consisting of no more than three hunters, may occupy any hunting station at one time. Waterfowl hunters must have their guns unloaded and cased except within 10 feet of a hunting station. Hunters taking migratory waterfowl must be within 10 feet of each designated hunting station, except hunters may retrieve downed birds away from a posted station if they comply with all other refuge and trespass regulations. On public lands, dogs must be on a leash except within 10 feet of stations or while retrieving, and must be under control at all times. All persons occupying a hunting station must meet all license require ments to hunt wa ter fowl in Minnesota. No person may leave any refuse, offal, or feathers on public lands in the controlled hunting zone or in any parking lot or desig nated overnight use area on the management area. No alcoholic beverages may be consumed or possessed at any of the hunting stations on public lands. No person may loiter between the designated hunting stations on public lands. On public lands, after each party member has bagged a limit of Canada geese or expended their limit of shells (if applicable), the party must promptly leave the station. No trailers of any kind are allowed in designated parking Snow Goose Season(Light Goose Conservation Action)Minnesota again plans to participate in a cooperative light goose conservation action in February, March and April 2018. This action is being taken in an attempt to reduce an overabundance of snow geese that is threatening their arctic breeding habitat. All participants must have a Light Goose Conservation Permit in their possession while attempting to take light geese. Details will be announced next Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations26LAC QUI PARLEThe following regulations apply to all persons in the Lac qui Parle Controlled Hunting Zone from October 19 through November 30. Hunters must use designated hunting stations on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters are limited to one trip to the blinds before noon, and one trip after noon, per day. Hunters are limited to 12 shells per trip in possession. Waterfowl and small game hunters must have guns unloaded and cased except within 10 feet of assigned hunting stations. No person may park in or otherwise occupy any designated Controlled Hunting Zone parking lot or occupy any hunting station from 10 to 5 A goose hunting guide for the Lac qui Parle Controlled Hunting Zone will be available on the DNR website in late September. Hunters are encouraged to view this guide for regulations unique to the refuge, blind maps, and other helpful LAKE The following regulations apply to waterfowl and small game hunters in the Thief Lake Controlled Hunting Zone during all open waterfowl seasons (including Early September and Youth Waterfowl Seasons). The restriction on small game hunting in the Controlled Hunting Zone applies from the opening of the regular waterfowl season through October 23. Hunters must use designated hunting stations on a first-come, first-served basis. Hunters are limited to one trip to the blinds before noon, and one trip after noon, per day. Hunters are limited to 12 shells per trip in possession. Hunters must have guns unloaded and cased except within 10 feet of the hunting stations. Selected blinds will be posted closed during the early September Canada Goose Season because of their proximity to open water. No person may park in or otherwise occupy any designated Controlled Hunting Zone parking lot or occupy any hunting station from 10 to 5 following regulations apply to all persons in the Orwell Controlled Hunting Zone dur ing the Reg u lar Goose Season: Hunting, other than waterfowl, is prohibited. No person may enter the controlled hunting zone except when their vehicle is occupying a numbered parking stall in the des ig nat ed parking lot in the controlled hunting zone. No persons other than those hunting at a station in the controlled hunting zone may occupy a numbered stall in a des i g nated parking Hunters must hunt only at the hunting stations hav ing a number corresponding to their parking stall number. No person may park in or otherwise occupy any parking stall in the designated parking lot or occupy any hunting station during any two consecutive days or from one hour after the close of daily wa ter fowl shooting hours to 8 All guns must be unloaded and cased except within 10 feet of a hunting AND ROSEAU RIVERThe following regulations apply to all persons in the Roch es ter and Roseau River Controlled Hunting Zones during the open Goose Sea son: The wildlife manager may limit all persons to one day of hunting in every three. If hunting is limited, the manager will stamp the date on the Small Game Hunting License or Firearms Safety Certificate of every person at each restricted hunt ing station. Persons may hunt at any restricted station on the day stamped, but may not occupy a restricted station for the next two days. Restrict ed stations will be posted. No person may be in a hunting station or designated parking lot from one hour after the close of the daily waterfowl shooting hours to 8 LAKEClosed AreaAll waterfowl hunting is prohibited upon or from the seg ment of State Trunk Highway 62 and its right-of-way along the south boundary of the Talcot Lake Waterfowl Refuge (be tween the Cot ton wood County line on the west and County Highway 7 on the east).The following regulations apply to all persons in the Talcot Lake controlled hunting zones during Canada Goose Seasons:General Restrictions Hunting, other than waterfowl, is prohibited on public land in the east and west side controlled hunting zones. The wildlife manager may limit persons to one day of hunting in every three. The manager will stamp the date on the Small Game Hunting License or Firearms Safety Certificate of each person at a restricted hunting station. Persons may hunt at any restricted station on the day stamped, but may not occupy a restricted station for the next two days. Restricted stations will be posted. No persons may occupy a hunting station within a controlled hunting zone except when their vehicle is occupying a num bered parking stall in a designated parking lot in the controlled hunting zone. No persons other than those hunting at a hunting station may occupy a num bered stall or park in a desig nated parking lot. Waterfowl hunters must hunt only at the hunting stations having numbers corresponding to their parking stall number. No person may park in or otherwise occupy any parking stall in the designated parking lot or occupy any hunting station from 10 to 5 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations28SUMMARY OF FEDERAL REGULATIONSIn addition to state regulations, the following federal rules apply to the taking, possession, shipping, transporting and storing of migratory following material is a summary. Each hunter should also consult the actual federal regulations found in Title 50, Code of Federal Regulations, Part 20. More restrictive regulations may apply to national wildlife refuges and state wildlife management areas open to public hunting. ILLEGAL HUNTING METHODSYou may not hunt migratory waterfowl: With a trap, snare, net, rifle, pistol, swivel gun, shotgun larger than 10 gauge,punt gun, battery gun, machine gun, fish hook, poison, drug, explosive or stupefying substance. From a sink box or any other low floating device that conceals you beneaththe surface of the water. From a motorboat or sailboat, unless you shut the motor off or furl the sailand the vessel is no longer in motion. Using live birds as decoys. Using recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds or imitations ofthese calls and sounds. While possessing any shot other than approved nontoxic list of approved shot is available online at: With a shotgun that can hold more than three shells, unless you plug it with aone piece filler that cannot be removed without disassembling the gun. From or by means, aid, or use of any motor vehicle, motor-driven landconveyance, or aircraft (if you are a paraplegic or are missing one or bothlegs, you may hunt from a stationary car or other stationary motor-driven landvehicle or conveyance). By the aid of baiting or on or over a baited area where a person knows or reasonably should know that the area is or has been baited. A baited area isconsidered to be baited for 10 days after removal of LIMITNo person shall possess more migratory game birds taken in the United States than the possession limit or the aggregate possession limit, whichever POSSESSION LIMITNo person shall possess, have in custody or transport more than the daily bag limit or aggregate daily bag limit, whichever applies, of migratory game birds, tagged or not tagged at or between the place where taken and either (a) his automobile or principal means of land transportation; or (b) his personal abode or temporary transient place of lodging; or (c) migratory bird preservation facility; or (d) a post office or (e) a common carrier WASTEYou must make a reasonable effort to retrieve all migratory game birds that you kill or wound and keep these birds in your actual custody while in the field. You must immediately kill any wounded birds that you retrieve and count those birds toward your daily bag limit. Birds must remain in your possession while in the field. You may not give your birds to another person in the field regardless of whether or not they are properly may not put or leave migratory game birds at any place or in the custody of another person unless you tag the birds with your signature, address, number of birds identified by species and the date you killed A LLY I N G You may not hunt migratory game birds that have been concentrated, driven, rallied or stirred up with a motorized vehicle or You may not completely field dress migratory birds (except doves) before taking them from the field. See page VIOLATIONA violation of a state migratory game bird regulation is also a violation of federal BIRDSFederal law prohibits the killing of nongame migratory birds. FOR MORE INFORMATIONThe Federal migratory game bird hunting regulations can be found in 50 CFR Part 20. If you have additional questions about waterfowl hunting and the law, contact Division of Law Enforcement, Fish and Wildlife Service, 5600 American Blvd. W, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458. Telephone: 612-713-5320. National Wildlife Refuge specific regulations may differ from state regulationsPlease consult the refuge specific hunting regulations where you plan to hunt or follow the link to find the individual refuge website at Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations30SHOOTING HOURSShooting hours for most migratory game birds during the youth hunt and regular waterfowl season are hour before sunrise to 4 through October 6, and until sunset thereafter. Nine hunting time zones are shown on the Min ne so ta state map (below). Sunrise and sunset times to be used for hunting in the zone titled In Table are shown in the table (right). For other zones, add or subtract the minutes shown at the top of the map to the times shown in the table.+16Minutes+12Minutes+8Minutes+4Min utesIN TABLE-4Minutes-8Minutes-12Minutes 97 96 95 94 93 92 91 90 Source: Naval TableDATE1234567891011121314151617181920 2122232425262728293031SEPT. RISE AMSEPT. SET PM OCT. RISE PMNOV. RISE PMDEC. RISE PM6:357:517:116:547:515:037:314:336:367: 497:126:527:526:007:324:336:377:477:136: 517:545:597:334:336:387:457:146:497:555: 587:344:326:397:447:166:476:574:577:354: 326:417:427:176:456:584:557:364:326:427: 407:186:437:004:547:374:326:437:387:196: 417:014:537:384:326:447:367:216:407:024: 517:394:326:457:347:226:387:044:507:404: 326:477:327:236:367:054:497:414:326:487: 307:256:347:064:487:424:326:497:287:266: 327:084:477:434:326:507:277:276:317:094: 467:444:326:517:257:286:297:104:457:444: 326:537:237:306:277:124:447:454:326:547: 217:316:257:134:437:464:336:557:197:326: 247:144:427:464:336:567:177:346:227:164: 417:474:336:577:157:356:207:174:407:484: 346:597:137:366:197:184:397:484:347:007: 117:386:177:204:397:494:357:017:097:396: 167:214:387:494:357:027:087:406:147:224: 377:504:367:037:067:426:127:244:367:504: 377:057:047:436:117:254:367:504:377:067: 027:446:097:264:357:514:387:077:007:466: 087:274:357:514:397:086:587:466:077:284: 347:514:397:096:567:486:057:304:347:514: 407:506:037:514:41Times shown in the table vary by specific location. For the exact time in your area consult a local airport or check online at sunsetFAW_467_17CALL USNew longer hoursLicense, titling and registration: M-F 8 :30 information: M-F 8 , Sat. 9 or 651-296-6157500 Lafayette Road St. Paul, MN 55155-4040 888-MINNDNR or 651-296-6157 Minnesota DNR prohibits discrimination in its programs and services based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, public assistance status, age, sexual orientation or disability. Persons with disabilities may request reasonable modifications to access or participate in DNR programs and services by contacting the DNR ADA Title II Coordinator at or 651-259-5451. Discrimination inquiries should be sent to Minnesota DNR, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4049; or Office of Civil Rights, Department of the Interior, 1849 C. Street NW, Washington, 20240. 2017, State of Minnesota, Department of Natural Resources. Publication printed using vegetable-based ink. 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