Goose seasons to open a week later than last year

Early teal and early goose hunting seasons will open a week later this year than in previous years. Early teal season will run Sept. 9-24, and early goose season will run Sept. 9-17. Wildlife officials delayed early teal season to try to better coordinate with the migration. In recent years, warm fall weather has caused teal to arrive in Indiana later in September, sometimes after the hunting season closed. The delay in early goose season came as a result of hunter input that early September was too hot to goose hunt. Hunter participation in early goose season had been declining in recent years, along with the number of geese harvested. Recent changes to federal frameworks for waterfowl hunting gave the state more flexibility in setting goose seasons, DNR waterfowl research biologist Adam Phelps said. 

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