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GOOSE HUNT PREDICTIONS ARE FOR `BETTER’ SEASON

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Pre-hunt predictions are that Utah's goose hunters will have "slightly better" hunting than they've had in the past couple of years. After a slight drop in counts three years ago, numbers have been steadily rising.

Hunters, both those out specifically after geese and those duck hunting who happen to have shot a goose, recorded in 1986 a total harvest of 22,827 birds. The following year it went up to 23,587 and then dropped to 15,646 in 1988. In 1989, success figures showed 16,133 geese were taken and last year the total was 19,965.Most of the geese shot in Utah are Canadian. Last year, for example, of the 19,965 geese killed, 19,637 were Canadian geese.

Officials also expect an increased flight of swans into Utah this year.

In the early 1980s, thousands of swans used to make Utah a winter stopover on their southern migration. The flood reduced the incoming flights to a few hundred birds.

Last year's flight was more than 21/2 times what it was the year before. Tom Aldrich, waterfowl program coordinator for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, said he believes this year's flight will be nearly double what it was last year.

The goose hunt will open along with the duck hunt at noon on Oct. 5. Unlike the duck season which splits this year, the goose season will run to Jan. 5. The limit is five geese daily, but no more than two of those may be Canadian.