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Fall Means Hunting Season for Many at PRI

weed whipping IIFall is upon us and so is great weather, fall colors, harvest, and many hunting seasons. I love this time of year. The weather is great with cool evenings, crisp mornings and the summer heat behind us. Leaves have begun to change from their varying shades of summer green to the spectacular array of yellow, orange, red, and maroon. As cooler weather descends upon Minnesota the presence of large green and red machinery starts to become evident in soybean and corn fields.

I am an avid hunter and I enjoy this time of year. Waterfowl season opened last Saturday (9-27) in Minnesota with the last “hurrah” of summer with temps in the low 80s. There were plenty of birds around my area, with a few teal and mallards mixed with the abundant local wood ducks. This weekend could bring a different scene altogether with 30s forecasted for morning temps. I’ll take it. Cool weather encourages migrating birds to start their travels if they haven’t already.

Pheasant season starts October 11th this year in Minnesota. Public land such as WPAs and WMAs will no doubt be hot spots where orange clad hunters and their fury sidekicks try to locate a few early season roosters. Many will likely see the results of some of the prairie management work that Prairie Restorations, Inc. has done while working with the MNDNR and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services.

Whatever your outdoor activity, be sure to get out and enjoy the weather this fall.

Eric Mattson
Land Management Specialist
Watertown Office