Anderson: State should care more about its own ducks

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: July 12, 2012 - 10:24 PM

Minnesotans have been duped by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's "liberal" management scheme.

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murphydogJul. 13, 12 7:35 AM

I believe that the time has come for the powers to be to finally get rid of the outdated 6 shell limit at Lac Oui Parle WMA. When you have to jump through all the hoops (Send in a request for blind postcard, wait to see if you get a blind on your requested date, get to the refuge office before 5:30 A.M., hope your name is drawn before the best blinds are gone), you should be able to try some marginal shots at the geese. Across the road the hunters can use unlimited shells. My grandson asked me why we had to go home after 6 shots when the other hunters could still hunt. He wants to hunt, but questions if it is worth his time. So much for youth recruitment.

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mulefarmJul. 13, 12 8:29 AM

So is MN p

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mulefarmJul. 13, 12 8:34 AM

It sounds like Mn is producing more ducks now than it did in the past. Why always the doom and gloom. There is absolutely now reason not to have a liberal season. It seems Dennis is always complaining about how thw DNR isn't doing things right. Why doesn't he go after big Ag and what they are doing to our rivers and lakes? Every year there is an article or two about this subject, but he does nothing to improve the problem! Time for Dennis to step up and take the lead!?

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foamlakeJul. 13, 12 8:36 AM

The number of MN hunters continues to decline, down 40% since I stered hunting 20 years ago. So does it really make much differnece if 80,000 hunters have a 6 bird limit, vs. 125,000 hunters with a 3 bird limit? I get the point of the article, but I question the idea that we're really having a big impact. It's reallt all the CRP getting plowed up by the "we're the true conservationist" farmers that's negatively impacting bird numbers.

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crestliner62Jul. 13, 12 9:48 AM

Put the limits wherever you want..make it 10 or 100 doesn't matter..If the flyways have shifted west (which it has)we here in Minnesota are just raising birds for Iowans and south to shoot..why shouldn't we get first crack at them? And I'm with Mulefarm..we should be looking at big AG's impact before casting blame on the hunters..maybe if we'd quit draining every slough for a bushel of corn or raising minnows in them or having miles and miles of drainage ditches who knows, there'd be water and the ducks would come back I'm certain.

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model31Jul. 13, 1212:12 PM

Lets give Dennis credit for writing a article on a subject every duck hunter in Minn. has been thinking about for the last decade. Why in a world of supposed duck abundance has Minnesota's duck hunting continued to be so poor. The license shill's in St Paul, continue to profess its because the hunters of this state lack "Opportunity". Now Dennis makes a common sense connection between our diminished habitat, and a harvest study from the University of Minn, that could possibly help explain the disparity. Maybe we as hunters have had to much opportunity,and the Shills in St Paul only have had the opportunity to access the Marketing Dept. at the U , not the Dept. of Fisheries Wildlife and most importantly Conservation.

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adrianpetersJul. 13, 12 2:21 PM

Plug all the drain tiles for 10-years and the sky will be black with ducks again here in Minnesota.

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veritacaputJul. 13, 12 5:59 PM

Thanks for the article Dennis. Trying to drum up interest in waterfowling by increasing pressure on our local birds certainly was a stupid idea. Despite all of those "daring" changes, the number of Minnesota duck hunters was down again last season. A high school teacher here in the heart of Lake Wobegon, I am hard pressed to name five students in our entire school who hunt ducks and geese. The reasons for the dramatic drop-off in numbers are many--fewer dads around to introduce their sons and daughters to the wild, kids who now prefer to sleep until noon on Saturdays and Sundays, and an awful economy (duck hunting ain't cheap). By the way, want an accurate barometer of what's happening to my favorite sport? Log on to Craigslist and see all of the waterfowlers dumping their boats, dekes, and gear. Not everyone can afford two annual hunting vacations in North Dakota. Could things turn around? Sure. But not without some new thinking, as Dennis points out.

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verdepatoJul. 14, 12 6:20 AM

I am tired of hearing how greedy us hunters are wehn we want a decent opening time (the same time as all of the other states) Also the 4pm closing has done no good at all except to stop school kids no chance to hunt Get over the Ideas that have been tried and proven to not work

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recker2312Jul. 14, 1212:49 PM

I havent hunted minnesota in 5 years and have no intention on coming back. A few good hunts in the dakotas are better then 20 bad hunts here. Minnesota is a lost cause at this point.

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