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Light spring goose hunt begins March 1

DETROIT LAKES -- Minnesota hunters will be allowed to harvest snow geese, including blue-phased and the smaller Ross' geese, this spring under the provisions of a federal conservation order.

Since 2000, when Minnesota began participating in the conservation order, the state spring harvest of light geese has varied dramatically from a few hundred to 6,000, depending on weather conditions. Hunting during 2008 will be open from March 1 to April 30.

A spring light goose permit is required and may be obtained after Feb. 20 at any of the 1,800 Electronic License System agents statewide. Spring light goose permits also will be available by telephone at 1-888-665-4236 or online after March 1 at

No other license, stamp or permit is required to participate. Although the permits are free, there is a $3.50 application fee to cover permit issuing costs.

A summary of regulations will be available from license vendors, DNR wildlife offices or by calling the DNR Information Center at (651) 296-6157 or toll free 1-888-MINNDNR (646-6367.)