PIERRE, S.D. — Organizers of an annual youth goose hunt in central South Dakota say frigid weather won’t put a damper on the weekend event.

Organizer Sam Koenecke told the Pierre Capital Journal that up to 100 young hunters will be taking the field this weekend for the 28th year of the Central South Dakota Youth Goose Hunt.

Some organizers were concerned that the Pierre area’s bitter cold would drive the thousands of geese normally found on the Missouri River farther south.

Koenecke said it’s supposed to warm up to a high temperature of 30 degrees for the hunt Saturday and Sunday. He said those relatively warm temperatures will encourage the geese that stayed in the area to start moving again.

“I really wish this weather would have waited about two weeks,” Koenecke said.

He said the organization of this year’s hunt will differ from past years. The event will be capped at 100 hunters, who will be split equally between Saturday and Sunday, Koenecke said. In the past several years, the children have been allowed to hunt both days.

Koenecke said one reason for the change is to teach a lesson in conservation and hunting smartly. Limiting the amount of time on certain fields will mean that fewer geese will be spooked off. The result is better hunting later in the season.

Koenecke also said fewer decoy spreads will be needed for the hunt, which will offer a more equal opportunity for the young hunters.

Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, http://www.capjournal.com

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