Goose conservation action begins
Efforts to control the light goose population continue with the Light Goose Conservation Action, which begins Feb. 10, according to the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission.
The dates for the conservation action are: Zone 1, Feb. 10-April 17; Zone 2, Feb. 10-April 1 and Zone 3, Feb. 10-April 17.
White and blue-phase snow geese and Ross’ geese may be taken statewide during the conservation action, but different regulations apply in each zone.
Read the 2010 Nebraska Waterfowl Guide, which includes regulations for the 2011 conservation action, at http://outdoornebraska.ne.gov/hunting/guides/waterfowl/pdf/waterfowl.pdf.
There has been a considerable effort to reduce the mid-continent snow goose population because of the damage it has caused to Arctic habitats.
The use of methods to increase harvest has resulted in more than a million snow geese being harvested annually since 1998.
While 1.4 million snow geese would have to be harvested annually to reduce the population, the harvest exceeded that level only in 2000, 2002 and 2006.
There are no bag or possession limits during the conservation action and hunters may shoot 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. Hunters may use unplugged shotguns and electronic calls during the conservation action.
Conservation action hunters age 16 and older–and all nonresidents–are required to have a Nebraska hunt permit, Nebraska Habitat Stamp, Nebraska Waterfowl Stamp, Federal Migratory Bird Stamp, and a Harvest Information Program number.
Permits may be purchased at OutdoorNebraska.org.