Doug Smith: Minnesota duck opener will be earliest since World War II

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  • Updated: July 20, 2013 - 9:28 PM

It's part of one of the earliest waterfowl seasons since hunting became regulated.

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fishanhunt2Jul. 21, 13 8:38 AM

One has to wonder if these increasingly early seasons are set to improve the quality of the waterfowl hunting experience or just as a means to increase license revenue? Not at all impressed with the decisions being made. 53 years a waterfowl hunter and I find it very sad to see the current state of waterfowling in Minnesota. These early seasons will not increase waterfowl populations in Minnesota.

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fishanhunt2Jul. 21, 13 9:22 AM

“A non-flighted duck is the safest duck in the state on the opener,’’ Cordts said That statement alone tells me these seasons are too early and border on the ridiculous. What positive purpose is there to be served in having such early seasons? A Minnesota waterfowl population now showing a marginal increase so we enact early experimental seasons that very likely will have a detrimental effect on the resource? Regarding this decision? Ron White may have been right when he said, "You can't fix stupid."

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mnbvcxzasdJul. 21, 13 8:44 PM

Why not just shoot them all season long and stop pretending this will increase the quality of the sport!

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model31Jul. 22, 1311:41 AM

Why are we waisting our money on Steve Cordts, his survey's, Jeff Lawrence and his work and any other money we are spending on waterfowl in the state. The season is always going to six-sixty, apparently nothing we can do has any biological effect on the resource. Waterfowl management is now basically a Duck Hunting marketing program. The MDNR conservation through gun-fire. Im embarrassed for the DNR.

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naacpoopJul. 22, 1312:04 PM

It would have the same affect and be far more efficient if we just opened a season to pick their eggs and eat them off the nest in the spring.

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boogerboogJul. 22, 13 4:23 PM

Waterfowl management is a Duck Hunt marketing program. Killing more of the resource is not helping to bring them back.

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