Hunters will no longer need to apply for a reservation date to hunt from a goose blind in the controlled hunting zone at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area.
“Since 1976, hunters have had the opportunity to reserve a date to hunt geese by sending us an application,” said David Trauba, Lac qui Parle wildlife manager. “That process allowed hunters to take part in the first drawing of the morning which was an advantage when we had intense pressure for available blinds.”
Trauba explained that since applications have been declining over the past several years, the traditional process is no longer necessary. Beginning this year, the first drawing for all hunters will take place at 6 a.m., with no need for advanced registration.
“Hunters just need to show up at our office to take part,” Trauba said.
Daily blind drawings will be in effect from Thursday, Oct. 17, to Saturday, Nov. 30. All hunters in the Lac qui Parle controlled hunting zone who are 18 and older will be charged a $3 fee on the day of their hunt to partially cover controlled hunt expenses.
The regular Canada goose season will be 85 days at Lac qui Parle starting Saturday, Sept. 21. Prior to Oct. 17, the Lac qui Parle State Game Refuge will be closed to waterfowl hunting. From Sunday, Dec. 1, until the end of the goose season, hunters still can use designated hunting blinds but access will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information, call the Lac qui Parle headquarters at 320-734-4451.