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First August Canada goose season announced

Minnesota will conduct its first August Canada goose season from Saturday, August 10 to Sunday, August 25, the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced.

"The state's Canada geese population is very high and exceeds our statewide goal," said Steve Cordts, DNR waterfowl specialist. "We have continued agricultural depredation concerns in the western portion of the state with large numbers of Canada geese. This is one more option for us to try and increase our harvest of Canada geese."

Hunting will be restricted to an intensive harvest zone in west-central Minnesota. The daily bag limit will be 10 Canada geese with no possession limit.

Shooting hours will be from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset. A small game hunting license, special goose permit and state waterfowl stamp are required.

"It's hard to gauge what hunter participation will be since this is the first time we have had August goose hunting," Cordts said. "But for those who are interested, there should be ample opportunity."

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved the hunt as a management option for states dealing with overabundant populations of resident Canada geese.

The DNR will announce details of fall waterfowl seasons, including the September Canada goose hunt, in early August.

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