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North Dakota's early Canada goose hunting season set; season aimed at reducing bird population

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BISMARCK, North Dakota — North Dakota's early Canada goose hunting season is set.

The Game and Fish Department says the season will open Aug. 15. It will continue through Sept. 7 in the Missouri River Zone and through Sept. 15 in other areas of the state.

The early season is aimed at reducing a goose population that has grown well above management goals. Limits and shooting hours are different from the regular season. Shooting hours during the early season are half an hour before sunrise to sunset daily.

The season has a limit of 15 geese daily and 45 in possession, the same as last year.

Waterfowl rest areas that are closed to hunting during the regular season are open during the early season, though most land is private and permission might be needed.

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