Minnesota is part of the Mississippi Flyway, and at present, all states in the Flyway are limited to a maximum season length of 60 days occurring between late September and late January. We typically set season dates and timing based on hunter opinion surveys and public input. Over the past 20 years, the tendency has been to see above average temperatures during duck season with later freeze-up dates. In 2011, Minnesota began using zones for the first time to address this issue. Zones allow states to set different season dates in different parts of the state to provide additional hunting opportunity later in the season so we can now extend our season into early December in southern MN. Goose season already extends for the maximum number of days allowed (107 days) and goes into early January, so at present, there is no need for any later goose seasons.
Response by Steve Cordts, DNR Waterfowl Staff Specialist