ST. PAUL, Minn. - State wildlife officials are attempting to keep Minnesota's burgeoning Canada goose population in check by staging a special hunting season this August.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced Monday that its first August Canada goose season ever will run from Saturday, Aug. 10 to Sunday, Aug. 25.
"The state's Canada goose population is very high and exceeds our statewide goal," said DNR waterfowl specialist Steve Cordts. "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, and the daily bag limit will be 10 Canada geese with no possession limit. Hunters can shoot 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 hunt was approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approved as a management option for states dealing with overabundant populations of resident Canada geese.
Additional details are available on the DNR website.
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