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Snow goose season opens March 1 in Minnesota


Minnesotans can harvest light geese (including white and blue
phase lesser snow geese and Ross’ geese) from March 1 to April 30,
under the terms of a federal conservation order. The order, which
affects 24 states, allows hunters to harvest the geese after the
traditional close of hunting seasons.

This is part of an international effort to reduce habitat damage
to Arctic coastal regions and the Hudson Bay area by overly large
populations of lesser snow geese. Minnesota has participated in the
conservation order since 2000, with harvests varying dramatically
from a few hundred geese to 6,000 birds depending on weather
conditions.

“Minnesota is at the extreme eastern edge of the spring
migration through the Midwest,” said Ray Norrgard, Minnesota
Department of Natural Resources (DNR) wetland wildlife program
leader. “March weather, particularly snow and ice conditions, can
have a tremendous effect on the migration routes of light
geese.”

Hunters must obtain a spring light goose permit, which is
available at electronic license agents, online at  HYPERLINK
http://mndnr.gov/licenses”
http://mndnr.gov/licenses

 or via telephone at 888-665-4236. The permit is free but a
$3.50 application fee is charged. No other license, stamp or permit
is required to participate.

Most regulations that apply to fall goose-hunting seasons also
apply during the spring light goose hunt, including non-toxic shot
requirements and federal baiting regulations. In addition, all
refuges closed to either duck or goose hunting during fall seasons
also are closed during the spring hunt. Shooting hours will be
one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset each
day.

No daily or possession limits apply. Use of electronic calls and
unplugged shotguns loaded with more than three rounds is
allowed.

A summary of regulations is available from license vendors, DNR
wildlife offices, online, or
by calling DNR Information Center at 888-MINNDNR (646-6367).

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