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Refuge on Hawkeye Wildlife Area open for teal, special September Canada goose seasons

Swisher, Iowa - The wildlife refuge section of the Hawkeye Wildlife Area on the west side of the Coralville Reservoir will be open to hunting until Sept. 20, to allow hunters access to public hunting areas for the special September Canada goose season for the Iowa City and Cedar Rapids zone as well as for the experimental teal season.

“The purpose of the season is to reduce the population of resident Canada geese in the corridor and the wildlife refuge covers a sizable portion within the zone on the public area. By opening the refuge, we can provide hunter access that we believe will help reduce the number of local Canada geese,” said Tim Thompson, wildlife biologist for the Iowa DNR.

The DNR has maps with the special September Canada goose zone boundaries highlighted online at http://www.iowadnr.gov/Hunting/Migratory-Game-Birds.

Beginning Sept. 20, no hunting for any species will be allowed in the refuge to allow waterfowl and other birds a place to rest during the fall migration.

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