As Minnesota's waterfowl season opens on Saturday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources predicts the hunting is likely to be pretty good.
The DNR says that record continental duck breeding populations combined with low water levels across much of the state will work in the hunter's favor.
"A pile of ducks are coming down from Canada and they are going to be more concentrated this year because of less water across the landscape," said Steve Cordts, the DNR's waterfowl specialist. "Somewhere someone is going to have the best duck hunting they've ever had."
The September 22 opener, which will be the earliest since World War II days, will also work to the hunter's advantage because wood ducks are teal, and should still be abundant throughout the state.
The DNR has added a third hunting zone in southern Minnesota so the season now extends through the first weekend in December.
The DNR has also reported that it's possible that more duck hunters will be hitting the swamps this fall than in recent years.
As of September 14, Minnesota duck stamp sales totaled 46,001 copmared with 44,479 in 2011 for the same time period.
Youth small game license sales with a Harvest Information Program certification totaled 7,194 this year compared to 5,879 last year.
The DNR will post a weekly waterfowl migration report each week during the duck season; the first will be posted by Friday.
Posted to the web by Jenna Vogt