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DNR seeks input on potential waterfowl hunting changes

Summary of potential changes and questionnaire is available through Jan. 31

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources seeks public input as it updates the state’s waterfowl hunting regulations. As a first step, the DNR asks people to comment on potential changes that could alter seasons and create additional opportunities to hunt waterfowl.

A summary of the potential changes and a questionnaire that seeks input is available on the DNR’s website through Jan. 31. The DNR will consider this initial public input in developing its proposed changes to the waterfowl regulations. These proposed regulations will then be presented for public comment in March.

“We’re asking people to engage with us early so we can use their input to help us narrow the list of potential changes,” said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist.

Among the potential changes on which the DNR seeks input are an early teal season; allowing motorized decoys; eliminating the 4 p.m. early season closure; expanding trolling motor use; and increasing the Canada goose bag limit.

In March, the DNR will release its proposed regulation changes and host a virtual town hall meeting to take additional public comment.

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Final regulation changes will factor in those public comments and could become effective as early as this fall’s waterfowl season.

For more information, visit mndnr.gov/waterfowl.

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