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GF&P looks to volunteer hunters to help manage Canada geese

PIERRE — The South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department is looking for volunteers to assist with the harvest of resident Canada geese during April on specific private lands in eastern South Dakota.

GF&P will utilize 280 volunteers, which will be permitted by GF&P and under the authorization from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, to harvest resident Canada geese during the spring of 2014 on areas with a history of chronic crop damage.

Volunteers will be randomly selected and be provided a list of open areas on private lands. Pass shooting will be allowed but the use of decoys, calls and blinds will be prohibited under this U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit. Volunteers may register through March 6, with the harvest beginning April 1. Harvested Canada geese will be donated to the Sportsmen Against Hunger program and distributed to needy families across South Dakota.

For more information, volunteers may contact their local GF&P Division of Wildlife office.

— S.D. Game Fish and Parks Department