Minnesota’s duck hunting season opens a half-hour before sunrise on Saturday. The opener is one day earlier than last year, and the earliest since 1945. The DNR’s Steve Cordts says that another thing different this year is that they are opening up a handful of lakes to hunters. He says there are big lakes like Lake of the Woods, Mille Lacs, Superior, Lake Pepin where hunters can hunt in open water, in a lay-out boat or just in a boat blind anchored in the middle. The duck harvest in Minnesota last fall was up 19% from 2011, from 621,000 to 749,000 ducks.