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Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD - The Canada goose season is closing early for hunters in central and northern Illinois.

The season will close at sunset Wednesday in central Illinois and Thursday in northern Illinois, said Department of Natural Resources Director Joel Brunsvold.

The season was originally slated to run until Jan. 8 in the north and until Jan. 31 in the central zone, but state officials cut the season short because hunters have almost reached federal quotas for the Canada goose harvest.

"Snow in Wisconsin and northern Illinois moved a lot of geese into central Illinois this month and hunters have taken advantage of the opportunity," John Buhnerkempe, chief of the Division of Wildlife Resources, said in a statement. "With that hunter success, we are very near the quota for the Central Zone and the North Zone and will need to close the seasons early in each of those zones."

This season's central zone quota is 38,900 geese and in the north zone it is 25,800.

The Canada goose season will close Jan. 31 in southern Illinois unless hunters reach the quota earlier, officials said.

On the Net

Illinois Department of Natural Resources: http://dnr.state.il.us

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