Now that hunting season is underway, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns waterfowl hunters it's against the law to transport aquatic invasive species.
DNR conservation officers routinely inspect equipment during the hunting season and enforce state regulations related to invasive species.
Many people only associate the threat of spreading invasive species with summertime activities, but hunters are also at risk of moving aquatic invaders from one waterbody to another. Without proper precautions, invasive plants and animals such as purple loosestrife, faucet snails,
Eurasian watermilfoil and zebra mussels could be transported on duck boats, blind material and hunting gear.
The DNR says hunters are legally required to drain all water and remove visible plants from boats and equipment before leaving the water access.....