Gov. Mark Dayton’s announcement that he’ll ask lawmakers to require a 50-foot buffer zone along most streams, lakes and wetlands to boost the state’s struggling pheasant population was the highlight of the annual Department of Natural Resources roundtable. But the discussions Friday also included ones about fishing, deer hunting, wolves and moose.
Minnesota’s waterfowl season will open Sept. 21. The opener is one day earlier than 2012 and the earliest since 1945. The season continues for 60 days under a north, central and southern zone structure with different season dates for each zone.