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Minnesota isn't known as the snow goose hunting mecca that our neighbors to the west (North Dakota and South Dakota) are, but we do get some through our region every spring.
There's a special hunting season in Minnesota in the Spring just for these white geese that fly in outrageous flocks. The limits are generally very liberal and even then hunters aren't taking quite enough of these birds - they're overpopulated and do some serious damage on the tundra they nest on in the spring and summer before their trip back south in the Fall.
Reports of birds being seen just south of us here in Otter Tail Country near Watson, MN
have us excited - that means it's not long until the birds are here for part of their journey.
In Minnesota, the season for snow geese, including blue-phase geese and the smaller Ross' geese, opened March 1. It closes April 30. There is no bag limit. A spring light goose permit is required and may be obtained through any DNR license agent, online, or by calling (888) 665-4236. There is a $3.50 permit application fee.
I hope any of you interested in spring snow goose hunting get a chance to hunt them - this is a great opportunity to get your shotgun out of the cabinet a few months before Fall hunting season.
See the full article here:
MN: Snow geese trickling into region - Outdoor News, Inc: News
Al, Otter Tail Country Tourism Team
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