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Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting

Species/Zone Dates Notes
Duck, Coot & Merganser
North
Sep 24 – Nov 22 North of a line consisting of Hwy 210, as well as Hwy 23 & Hwy 39 near the eastern border
Duck, Coot & Merganser
Central
Sep 24 – Oct 2
Oct 8 – Nov 27
Remainder of the state between the North and South zones
Duck, Coot & Merganser
South
Sep 24 – Oct 2
Oct 15 – Dec 4
South of a line consisting of Hwy 212, as well as I-494 to I-94 near the eastern border
August Canada Goose CLOSED Intensive harvest zone only – Junction of US-2 And the ND border, east to MN-32, north to MN-92, south to MN-200, east to US-71, south to US-10, east to MN-101, south to I-94, east to US-494, south to US-212, west to MN-23, south to US-14, west to the SD border, north to the ND border, north to US-2.
September Canada Goose Sep 3 – Sep 18
Goose
North
Sep 24 – Dec 23
Goose
Central
Sep 24 – Oct 2
Oct 8 – Dec 28
Goose
South
Sep 24 – Oct 2
Oct 15 – Jan 4
Youth Day Sep 10 Hunters aged 15 and under, accompanied by a non-hunting adult (18+, no license required). Hunting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 4 p.m. Hunters age 13-15 must have a firearms safety certificate or apprentice hunter validation in their possession.
Falconry Sep 24 – Dec 4*
Dec 17 – Jan 31**
*When & where ducks, coots, and moorhens may be taken by firearms
**Statewide
Geese may be taken during any open goose season.

Additional Information

Bag Limit Species/Season Daily Limit
Possession limit: 3 times daily bag limit
Ducks 6, including no more than:

  • 4 mallards (max. 2 female)
  • 3 scaup
  • 3 wood ducks
  • 2 pintails
  • 2 redheads
  • 1 black duck
  • 2 canvasbacks
Coots 15
Mergansers 5, including no more than 2 hooded mergansers
Dark Geese
Canada, White-fronted and brant
3
Light Geese
Snow, Blue and Ross’s
20
August Canada Geese N/A
September Canada Geese 5
Falconry 3
Hunting Times Dates Times
Opening day through Oct 7 1/2 hour before sunrise to 4 p.m.
After Oct 7 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
Opening day through Sep 23 (Falconry) 1/2 hour before sunrise to sunset
After Sep 23 (Falconry) Same as waterfowl shooting hours
Arms & Ammo Type Details
Falconry Permitted during falconry seasons noted above
Shotgun 10 gauge or smaller, incapable of holding more than three shells
Shot Must be non-toxic