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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Wildlife managers have announced changes to Minnesota's wild turkey regulations to give hunters more time to bag a bird next spring.

The Department of Natural Resources says turkey-hunting time periods will be longer, all will include weekends, and more periods will be available to each hunter. Five one-week periods will be followed by one longer period ending May 31.

Previously, Minnesota had eight time periods, and not all included weekends.

The bag limit will remain one bearded turkey.

The DNR says it made the changes in hopes of increasing hunter opportunity and satisfaction.

Steve Merchant, the DNR's wildlife populations program manager, says one significant change will be that hunters who don't bag a turkey during their first time period can hunt during the last period using their original licenses.

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