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Lee Wahlgren

Squirrel hunting improves

It looks like the beautiful weather is going by the wayside, and we will be experiencing some higher temperatures for this week and next. Such a shame. It has been so great. But as we enter the second half of August, we can really be active outdoors.

Various reports may differ, but the canal has been pretty productive this year, and fishermen have reported some decent catches. Squirrel season has started and since the weather has been more comfortable this year, reports are that the busheytail hunting has improved over last year.

Sept. 1 will start the dove season. Many hunters find this feathered critter a real challenge. I find dove hunting to be very humbling at times. Some hunters have sunflowerplots while others will hunt over wheat stubble. For those who do not have hunting territory, they can utilize two of the state’s public hunting areas.

Hunters can go to Hennepin Canal Parkway or Mautino’s Wildlife Area. Registering usually begins about 10:15 a.m. when the ranger gets there. The areas to be hunted will be drawn at 11 a.m. for the first five days. After that, it will be first come, first served. Hunting is from noon to 5 p.m. Make sure  you have your license and HIP number.  

Early goose season is Sept. 1 through Sept. 15. For the North and Central zone, the bag limit is five with a 15 possession limit. Early teal will be a 16-day season starting Sept. 7 and going to Sept. 22. Daily limit is six with an 18 possession. Teal is sunrise to sunset.         

October is not far away and that will bring about some different hunting. Deer archery will begin and each year, we get more licensed archery hunters. Archers can hunt their own land or hunt Hennepin Canal Parkway or Mautino’s after registering at the canal office.

Mid-October will bring youth duck hunts, Oct. 12 through Oct. 13 for the Northern Zone and Oct. 19 through Oct. 20 for Central Zone. Then the regular 60-day season opens. Northern Zone - Oct. 19, Central Zone - Oct. 26, South Central Zone - Nov. 9 and Southern Zone - Nov. 28.

The bag limit will again be six ducks with certain species regulations. Limits include: mallards - 4 with a limit of 2 hens, 3 woodies, 2 redheads, 3 scaup, 2 pintails, 2 canvasbacks and 1 black duck. The possession limit for ducks is three times the bag limit according to species and sex.

Canada goose limit for regular season is two with possession is three times daily.

Start getting ready for these season. Licenses, stamps, boats, motors, guns be prepared. Look forward to a great fall.

Lee Wahlgren is a BCR outdoor columnist. Contact him at pdub51@gmail.com