2010 spring light goose hunting begins March 1

Hunting for light geese during spring 2010 in Minnesota will
open this Monday, March 1, and the season runs through Friday,
April 30. Minnesota hunters can harvest snow geese this spring –
including blue-phased and the smaller Ross’ geese – under the
provisions of a federal conservation order.

This conservation order is part of an international effort to
reduce populations of lesser snow geese, which breed in high Arctic
coastal areas and the Hudson Bay area. High populations of the
birds cause habitat damage on breeding grounds and negatively
impact other bird and waterfowl species that breed in the high
Arctic.

Since 2000, when Minnesota began participating in the
conservation order, the state spring harvest of light geese has
varied dramatically. Numbers have ranged from a few hundred to
6,000, depending on weather conditions.

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

A spring light goose permit is required and may be obtained from
any DNR license agent. Spring light goose permits also will be
available by telephone at 888-665-4236 or online after March 1 at
www.mndnr.gov. No other
license, stamp or permit is required to participate. Although the
permits are free, there is a $3.50 application fee to cover permit
issuing costs.

Non-toxic shot requirements and federal baiting regulations, as
well as most regulations that apply to fall goose-hunting seasons,
also will apply during the spring light goose conservation action.
Hunters may use electronic calls and unplugged shotguns.

Refuges closed to either duck or goose hunting during fall
seasons also are closed during the spring conservation action.
Shooting hours will be one-half hour before sunrise to one-half
hour after sunset each day. No daily or possession limits
apply.

A summary of regulations will be available from license vendors,
DNR wildlife offices or by calling the DNR Information Center at
(651) 296-6157 or toll free 888-MINNDNR (646-6367.) For more
specific information relating to shooting hours, permitting and
other regulations, click here.

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