New York’s great goose hunt is now underway, and is expected to have a major impact in reducing the Canada Goose population throughout the state. In fact, new rules instigated by the Department of Environmental Conservation will now permit the nearly 20,000 licensed hunters to kill as many as 15 birds per day (up from 8 last year) during September. The hope is t reduce the amount of geese from its current state-wide level of 200,000 down to 85,000
Other changes include extending shooting hours to a half hour past sunset; permitting electronic devices to help lure the geese within shooting range (generally 50 yards or less); and allowing hunters to carry shotguns with 7 shells, up from 3 shells.
The September Canada Goose season will run from Labor Day thru September 25, while the regular season will commence October 26th.
For more information contact New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, 625 Broadway, Albany, NY 12233-0001 (518) 402-8845