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Monday, June 24th, 2024

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Sportsmen Since 1967

Length of Canada geese season reduced by Pennsylvania Game Commission

The season length for Canada geese in Pennsylvania's Atlantic Zone has decreased from 45 to 30 days. (Photo by Veit Flickr)

Harrisburg — Pennsylvania’s 2024-25 migratory game bird seasons have been set.

Annual migratory game bird seasons are selected by states from frameworks established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Game Commission selections were made after reviewing last year’s hunter harvests, population survey data and public input.

There is one significant change to Pennsylvania waterfowl seasons this year, according to Amanda Hoyt, Game Commission waterfowl biologist. The regular season length for Canada geese in the Atlantic Population Zone has decreased from 45 to 30 days but the daily bag limit remains three.

“With the population recently falling just below the threshold for a “liberal” season, the harvest strategy mandates a shorter hunting season for this population,” said Hoyt.

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In addition, hunter preference resulted in small changes to the Lake Erie and Northwest Duck Zone seasons.

In the Lake Erie Duck Zone, the portion of the season with a two-bird daily scaup bag limit will be the last 20 days of the season rather than the first 20 days.

The Northwest Duck Zone season saw a week shift from the October-November segment into the December-January segment, which also results in the Junior, Veteran and Active Duty Military Day for this zone shifting from December to late September.

Other migratory game bird seasons are similar to last year’s seasons and can be found on the Game Commissions website.

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