Light goose conservation hunting

Waterfowl hunters are reminded that even though the regular waterfowl seasons are over, there still remains opportunity for light goose hunting.
 The light goose conservation order is a special hunting season developed to help control expanding populations of snow, blue, and Ross’s geese (collectively called light geese).  
The remainder of this special season runs from January 31st to February 4th, 2011.  The light goose conservation season will be closed for the weekend of February 5th – 6th for the Youth Waterfowl Hunting Weekend, and will be open again from February 7thto March 31st, 2011.
“Populations of these light geese have continued to grow in recent years beyond levels that their habitats can sustain.  Habitat degradation in the tundra is the primary reason for the liberal hunting season, and hunting methods have been liberalized to allow more opportunity for harvest.” said Ed Penny, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Coordinator.
 Regulations for the light goose conservation order are as follows:
There is no daily bag limit or possession limit during the Conservation Order.
Snow, blue, and Ross’ geese are the only birds legal for harvest.
A free permit number is required to hunt light geese during the Conservation Order.
Permit numbers are obtained by calling (601) 432 – 2199 (Monday through Friday 8 am to 5pm).
The use of electronic calling devices is allowed.
The use of unplugged shotguns is allowed.
 Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset.
Hunters are required to have a valid Mississippi hunting license.
Hunters are not required to have state or federal waterfowl stamps.
Hunters must use steel or other approved non-toxic shot shells.
Houston Havens, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Biologist added “We have observed extremely high numbers of light geese throughout the Mississippi Delta during our waterfowl aerial surveys.  Light geese seem to be favoring winter wheat fields, and we expect hunters to have plenty of opportunities to harvest geese in these areas as they remain in Mississippi for the rest of the winter.”
 For more information about waterfowl and wetland habitat, please visit http://mdwfp.com/waterfowl
 You may also contact the MDWFP Wildlife Bureau at 601-432-2199.

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