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Applications for Lac qui Parle controlled hunt now accepted

Goose hunters can apply to reserve a date to hunt from a blind in the controlled zone at the Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area.

Applications postmarked through Wednesday, Sept. 14, will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.     

Reservations to hunt in the controlled zone only will be accepted for hunting dates from Thursday, Oct. 20, to Wednesday, Nov. 30.  

To apply, hunters must submit a standard 3-1/2 inch by 5-1/2 inch postcard with their full name and address. They also must list their first and second choice of hunting dates. The limit is one postcard per hunter. Send postcards to: Controlled Hunt, Lac qui Parle Wildlife Management Area, 14047 20th St. NW, Watson, MN, 56295.   

Successful applicants will receive notification by mail designating the date of their hunt. Hunters may bring one or two guests. 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 DNR will assign goose-hunting stations during a drawing on the morning of the hunt.   

The regular Canada goose season will be 85 days at Lac qui Parle starting Saturday, Sept. 24, and follow the same split season closures as the regular waterfowl season. Prior to Oct. 20, the Lac qui Parle State Game Refuge will be closed to waterfowl hunting. From Thursday, 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.