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A lone Canadian goose stands on the shore of Foot Lake in Willmar Wednesday, while a seagull swoops down to the surface of the lake, trying to grab a snack. Goose hunting season in Minnesota will change this year, with the bag limit increased to three and the season's length increased to 80 days. Tribune photo by T.J. Bartelt

Making changes for the better

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Goose hunters will see quite a few changes when the 2010 season starts.

A longer season, an increased bag limit and simpler hunting zones.

The changes are a direct result of the increased numbers of Eastern Prairie Population geese -- the birds that migrate from Hudson Bay through west-central Minnesota en route to warmer climates, and the resident giant Canada geese.

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