Special season set to reduce light goose populations
PRATT – The dark and light goose regular seasons end Sunday, Feb. 10,
2013. However, from Feb. 11-April 30, 2013, hunters can hunt snow and
Ross’ geese during the Light Goose Conservation Order. The U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service established the special season 13 years ago to
increase the harvest of light geese.
Since the mid-1970s, mid-continent light goose populations have
increased more than 300 percent. These historic numbers of geese have
denuded portions of their fragile tundra breeding habitat in the arctic,
which may take decades to recover. This impacts other bird species that
nest there, including semi-palmated sandpipers and red-necked
The harvest of light geese has more than doubled since the first
conservation order in 1999, in turn reducing population growth. However,
the management goal is to reduce the population of mid-continent light
geese by 50 percent.
To increase hunter success, the conservation order authorizes hunting
methods not allowed during the regular seasons, including the use of
electronic calls and unplugged shotguns. Shooting hours are one-half
hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset and there is no bag or
possession limit for light geese.
For more information on goose hunting, visit www.ksoutdoors.com and click on “Hunting/When to Hunt/Migratory Birds.”