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By Don Davis
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In a year of fewer deer, grouse and pheasants, waterfowl look to be the bright spot on the horizon for North Dakota hunters this fall. The state’s waterfowl season opens Saturday for residents and Sept. 28 for out-of-state hunters.
North Dakota hunters will be able to shoot more Canada geese and snow geese this fall as part of their daily limit, and the possession limit for most migratory game birds has tripled, under waterfowl regulations set this week by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.
North Dakota has opened its early Canada goose season in August since 2008, and despite bumping the bag limit to 15 last year from eight in previous years, the state Game and Fish Department says resident geese remain too abundant in most areas of the state.
Ryan Schuster, a senior at Red River High School, shot what appears to be a Canada goose with albino characteristics, Sept. 23 near Drayton, N.D. “I know this bird gave us an early look at our decoys,” Ryan’s dad, Tom (background), writes. “He came back later in the morning for a closer look and Ryan made a nice shot.” He said the goose is being mounted. Mike Johnson a migratory bird biologist for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Bismarck, said he receives several inquiries about geese with similar appearances. “The bird in the photo is not a true or complete albino, because it has some black feathers and some coloration,” Johnson writes. “Albinism is genetic mutation that suppresses all color pigments in feathers, and soft body parts. True albinos have pink eyes. If it is a Canada-type bird, which I can’t tell from the photo, it is most likely a hybrid with a domestic goose.”
Here’s a closer look at the duck and goose seasons in Minnesota and North Dakota. The first week of season in North Dakota is limited to residents; nonresidents can begin hunting ducks and geese Sept. 29.
Unless something drastic changes between now and next weekend, waterfowl hunters will be in for one of the driest falls in recent history when the regular season for ducks and geese opens Saturday in North Dakota and Minnesota.
In the Midwest, geese are often associated with hunting, not saving lives. A company in Grand Forks is working to change that. Avianax is closing in on developing a treatment for viral diseases, including West Nile and avian flu viruses, using goose antibodies.
Since 1999 North Dakota hunters have had a spring hunting opportunity besides turkey. While overall interest and participation in turkey hunting overshadows the spring light goose season, those with a decade of spring goose experience and first-time participants alike are looking forward to the 2012 season, which opened Feb. 18.
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