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Lerin Embry, 7, from Billings, throws a piece of bread to a gaggle of geese at Riverfront Park on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

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The sound is sometimes deafening, but the sight will always leave you awestruck — thousands and thousands of white geese taking to the sky at Freezout Lake, just northwest of Fairfield in central Montana. 

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Freezout Lake is frozen solid just weeks before the annual spring waterfowl migration that attracts hundreds of thousands of migrating geese and swans to the lake in addition to birdwatchers who flock to the lake to view them.

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Jim Hansen has been hunting ducks, geese, and other waterfowl for 52 years. And for more than two decades he has served as Central Flyway Migratory Bird Coordinator for Montana Fish, Wildlife, and Parks, a position he holds today. So Hansen knows what makes for a good year of bird hunting.

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