"This sunrise alone is worth the 3 a.m. wake up," said Rolf Moen, of Nisswa, as he gazed to the east, the undersides of gray clouds lite pink, orange and gold. "Maybe one in a hundred," I replied. It was roughly 7 a.m. Thirty minutes earlier, at one-half hour prior to sunrise, the 2018 Minnesota waterfowl season had begun.
On Saturday, Sept. 1, the first hunting seasons in Minnesota opened. That included black bear, rails, snipe and mourning doves. On the first day a friend and I hunted mourning doves in a spot where we have chased doves for a number of years. Some years we had good hunting, others not so. This year however, doves were plentiful, and despite a foggy start to the day we had a great hunt.