Tribal wild rice waters closed to Minnesota early teal hunting season
August 31, 2022
We at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service see human safety as paramount to our mission to conserve, protect and enhance wildlife for future generations. Please be advised that the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe and White Earth Nation have closed reservation wild rice waters to waterfowl hunting for the state of Minnesota’s experimental early teal and early goose seasons due to the annual wild rice harvest that is happening across the same geography. Wild rice waters will be closed to waterfowl hunting through the end of September.
The early teal season is set to take place September 3 through 7, 2022, which coincides with peak harvest for wild rice on active wild rice beds by harvesters in non-motorized canoes. The closure of wild rice waters within the Leech Lake and White Earth Reservations will continue to be enforced for the duration of the early teal and goose seasons.
For additional information about this closure, please contact Tribal resource management entities, as appropriate:
o Leech Lake Division of Resource Management, 218-335-7400
o White Earth Division of Natural Resources, 218-935-2488
Safe hunting, fishing and gathering are an essential part of conservation. This is consistent with our ongoing collaboration as a part of our federal trust responsibilities to Tribal nations and our duty to protect Tribal treaty rights. We’d like to thank our state and Tribal partners as we collectively work to manage sustainable resources and recreational opportunities.
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