Proposed Upper Mississippi River Waterfowl Blind Changes
The Mississippi River stage fluctuates greatly and, over the last few years, the river has been above flood stage or extremely low during the waterfowl blind construction period and during waterfowl season. These extremes can cause delays in blind building and the blind inspection process. Some hunters have constructed blinds only to have them destroyed by high river stages or ice flows.
Because of periodic losses, an increased number of hunters have asked to for the ability to use a boat blind or use a temporary blind structure. Permanent blinds can be costly for hunters to build and this investment may be lost with one flood event or ice flow. MDC believes we can enhance hunter opportunities by allowing multiple hunting blind options (boat blind, temporary blind, and permanent blind). MDC would like to know your opinion of the proposed changes.
Benefits of this change:
- Hunters selected for a blind site will have the option of hunting from a temporary blind, boat blind, or permanent blind (under the existing program, all hunters are required to construct permanent blinds).
- For hunters choosing either temporary blinds or boat blinds, the risk of blind damage associated with flooding and ice damage will be eliminated.
- Allowing different blind types to be used will provide hunters options for the amount of time and cost they want to invest in their site.
- Blind sites will no longer be inspected for construction or camouflage requirements and therefore, there will be no lost hunting opportunities due to blinds failing the inspection process and being closed to hunting for the season.
Please take the hunter opinion poll.