Duck Hunt Legally
The legalities you need to know
Midwest Flyways Tips
When you decide to start hunting the first thing you will need to do is make sure you have all of the licenses and stamps needed to legally hunt. I know it would be lovely for this to be a simple item such as a ‘duck license”. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that direct.
In Minnesota you need the following:
- Small Game License
- Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp (Federal Duck Stamp)
- State Duck Stamp
- HIP Certification
Every state has different regulations and rules about hunting.
Some states hold special seasons and add on seasons for different birds.
For instance, in MN we have an early goose season. In order to hunt early goose you need all of the license/stamps above but you must also buy an early goose stamp.
Another stamp most guys choose to buy is a pheasant stamp. A cheap add on and worth it if you want to pheasant hunt or happen to scare one up duck hunting.
Please make sure to check with your states DNR to be clear on everything you need.
You can do this by calling them or by going online and finding the section that pertains to license requirements.