Opening dates for many of Minnesota's 2002 hunting seasons were announced this week by the DNR. Although the dates won't be finalized until June it is unlikely they will change.
The small game general opener, including grouse, rabbit and squirrel, is Sept. 14. The pheasant opener is Oct. 12. The first spring wild turkey season is April 17 while the first fall season begins Oct. 16.
Big game seasons get underway with the archery opener on Sept. 14. Firearms hunters take the woods on Nov. 9 and the muzzleloaders get their shot beginning Nov. 30. The moose hunt in the northeast zone is set to open Sept. 28.
Black bear season opened in August the past two years in an effort to increase the harvest. Results will be evaluated before a decision is made about whether or not to continue the early opener. The opening date for the 2002 season will be announced by March 1.
Rail and snipe are fair game Sept. 1 and woodcock season opens Sept. 21. The early Canada goose, youth waterfowl day and general duck and goose season opener will be announced later. Under the previous federal framework, the Minnesota season would have opened Saturday, Sept. 28. However, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has indicated that expanded waterfowl season frameworks (allowing for earlier openers in the North and later closures in the South) might be offered in 2002.
The DNR will take comments on wildlife hunting and trapping seasons and proposed season changes in February. Additional details on season lengths, quotas and bag limits will be announced after the 2002 seasons are finalized.
Turkey stamp contest information available
Criteria for the 2003 Wild Turkey Stamp design contest are now available. Created at the request of turkey hunters, the stamp generates monies for wild turkey management and research.
The stamp art contest is open only to Minnesota artists and offers no prizes. A reproduction rights agreement, granting the DNR the right to use the design for the stamp image and other purposes, must be signed and submitted with the design.
The eastern wild turkey must be the primary focus of the design, but other species can be included if they are used to depict a common interaction between species or if they are common inhabitants of Minnesota's wild turkey range.
Artwork for the contest will be accepted beginning Jan. 7 and continuing until 4 p.m. on Jan. 18. The judging will take place Jan. 25 at the Kahler Hotel in Rochester.
Phone (888) 646-6367 for more information.
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