Ducks Unlimited

Officials optimistic ahead of Minnesota duck opener Saturday

Officials with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Ducks Unlimited are optimistic about the waterfowl season in Minnesota, which starts a half-hour before sunrise Saturday.

The DNR estimates that about 50,000 duck and goose hunters will be out for opening weekend. However, the National Weather Service forecasts rain and thunderstorms for much of the state.

The DNR's first waterfowl migration report of the season , released Thursday, said duck hunters should expect fair to good numbers in most areas on opening weekend, based on reports from wildlife managers across the state. The number of breeding ducks in Minnesota is good, and there was a big wild rice crop...