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Published August 03, 2013, 08:37 AM

North Dakota's early Canada goose season is set

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is once again holding an early Canada goose hunting season to try to reduce the population of the birds that can damage crops.

By: Associated Press, Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota is once again holding an early Canada goose hunting season to try to reduce the population of the birds that can damage crops.

The Game and Fish Department says this year's season opens Aug. 15 and runs through Sept. 15 in much of the state. It runs through Sept. 7 in the Missouri River Zone, which is along the river south of Lake Sakakawea to the South Dakota border.

Hunters can shoot 15 Canada geese each day, and they can possess up to 45 at one time.

Wildlife officials say that despite liberalized regulations the past several years including longer seasons, larger bag limits and expanded shooting hours, the statewide population of Canada geese remains above management goals.

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