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Associated Press, Published August 10 2011

Program matches hunters with ND landowners bother by Canadian geese

BISMARCK — The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is starting a pilot program to match early Canada goose hunters with landowners who are being bothered by the birds.

The agency says the program is similar to one that connects antlerless deer hunters with landowners who are experiencing depredation on their property.

Waterfowl biologist Mike Szymanski says Game and Fish is working with about 40 landowners across the state who want to host Canada goose hunters during the early season.

The season opens Saturday. It closes in the Missouri River zone on Sept. 7 and in the rest of the state on Sept.15.