The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is seeking citizen input on creating limited opportunities for open-water hunting for waterfowl as well as a number of other topics at annual public input meetings.
The first in the series of statewide meetings will be from 7-9 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at the Rolf Olsen Community Center, 806 W. Kathio St., in Onamia.
Aside from open-water duck hunting, the DNR is seeking input on the following proposals:
Allowing Canada goose hunting in August to alleviate depredation of agricultural fields in west central Minnesota.
Opening the second portion of the state’s 124-day crow season later in the year.
Opening prairie chicken hunting season earlier in October than the current season.
Allowing youth age 17 and younger to hunt during all spring turkey seasons with a limit of one. Youth would not be required to select a permit area.
A separate public input process will be conducted to address deer antler point restrictions in southeastern Minnesota.
People who cannot attend a meeting are urged to complete a questionnaire online at www.mndnr.gov/wildlife/input starting on Monday, Feb. 25.