More days, birds in bag for goose hunt?

Bemidji, Minn. – The DNR wants to give hunters more days to hunt Canada geese, and also allow them to kill one more bird each day. Now, the Mississippi Flyway Council and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must sign off.

Dennis Simon, DNR Wildlife Section chief, believes that will happen in coming days. If it does, the regular goose season would run for 85 days, the West and West-Central goose zones would be eliminated, and the daily bag would increase from two to three.

The season would open with the duck season. It’s unclear yet what day that will be this year, as waterfowl officials still are discussing the possibility of opening it earlier.

"We’ve made a lot of changes over the past six or seven years – they’ve been somewhat minor – to goose regulations," said Steve Cordts, waterfowl specialist for the DNR. "This is sort of step one to try to maximize opportunity in the regular season now."

In terms of hunting days, hunters in the West and West-Central zones would see the biggest changes. The West-Central Zone, which includes Lac qui Parle, currently has a 40-day season, while the West Zone has a 60-day season.

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