Texas Parks & Wildlife Reports
West Zone Goose: Decoying action for Canada geese continues to
be steady, something that has perplexed outfitters. Limits of
Canada geese with a few snows have produced many 40-bird shoots
near Dumas. Windy conditions associated with the recent front have
kept birds on the move. Most of the birds are feeding on wheat and
plowed ground. The regular goose season ends at sunset Feb. 8.
Prospects look fair to good for the Light Goose Conservation Order
which begins Feb. 9.
Light Goose Conservation Order: Hunter participation was slim
during the first week of the “e-caller” season. Good hunts have
been posted in Calhoun, Jackson, Matagorda, Wharton and Colorado
counties. One Jackson County hunt near LaWard yielded a 180-bird
shoot. Dry conditions are reducing roost ponds to mud and forcing
birds to seek water in duck ponds still holding water. Most
concentrations have broken into smaller groups, making them tougher
to hunt; however, a large percentage of juvenile snows have been
fooled by the electronic callers. Prospects are fair.