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August 24, 2010

MADISON - Sept. 1 marks the start of the fall hunting seasons, with the statewide opening of the early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons.

The early Canada goose season runs from Sept. 1-15 statewide and requires a $3 early Canada goose permit. The Burnett County subzone closed area has been eliminated and is now open to goose hunting.

The dove season runs Sept. 1 through Nov. 9.

"The early Canada goose hunt directs harvest efforts on Wisconsin breeding Canada geese," says Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources. "Resident geese often change their feeding and movement patterns as September approaches. Scouting ahead of time and staying mobile during the season offers the best chances for success."

Wisconsin's Waterfowl Breeding Population Survey showed a resident goose population of 165,853 (up 12 percent from 2009) and Van Horn expects good early season goose hunting opportunities.

The 10 year trend for mourning doves shows the populations to be stable, with a 0.8 percent increase. On average, about 14,000 Wisconsin hunters harvest 140,000 mourning doves each year. As with Canada geese, mourning dove hunters should benefit from before the season scouting to see where birds are flying as they move between roosts, water, and feeding areas.

"At this time of year, particularly over the holiday weekend, many people are spending time outdoors and we encourage everyone to respect each other's interests," adds Van Horn.

Both Canada goose and dove hunters must be HIP (harvest information program) certified to hunt migratory game birds to be in compliance with state and federal law. This free and easy certification should be requested when purchasing your hunting license and the HIP registry allows us to survey hunters about important harvest information.

Dove hunting regulation and safety reminders

For more information see the Waterfowl in Wisconsin or mourning dove pages of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Kent Van Horn (608) 266-8841

Last Revised: Tuesday, August 24, 2010

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