MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Minnesota duck hunters, whose numbers are greater than any other state, have been a frustrated lot in recent years. Fall seasons such as last year, which produced a disappointing kill of 657,700 ducks -- down 4 percent in Minnesota from 1998 -- are becoming more the rule than the exception.
That the 1999 harvest occurred in a year when a record continental fall flight of more than 100 million ducks was predicted makes Minnesota waterfowlers (whose numbers have stayed constant in recent years at about 120,000) all the more worried that the "good old days" of duck hunting in the state might be permanently in the past.
Yet Minnesota wasn't the only state that didn't fare well during the past duck season.
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