The Canada goose harvest edged up slightly for an believed 204,825 regardless of the loss of hunters from 45,938 in 2015 to 40,950 in 2016.
Minnesota’s best pheasant hunting is incorporated in the southwest corner from the condition, and that is a 3-and-a-half-hour drive in the Twin Metropolitan areas, Wiklund stated. If hunters attempt to search nearer to the dual Metropolitan areas on public land, they might encounter competition using their company hunters.
The duck-hunting human population is aging, Furtman added, and a few hunters might be shedding from an activity that’s labor-intensive.
The believed ring-necked pheasant harvest declined from 243,176 roosters in 2015 to 196,141 last fall. A wet fall and standing corn throughout a lot of the pheasant range likely led to a few of the reduced harvest, DNR wildlife officials stated.
Grouse hunters hopeful
Causes of decline
The loss of small-game hunter figures is really a ongoing trend, stated Paul Telander, DNR wildlife section leader in St. Paul.