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September 7, 2010

Early Season goose hunting to close on Sept. 15

MADISON - Regular season Canada goose Exterior Zone hunting opens Saturday Sept. 18, which also marks the start of the two-day youth waterfowl hunt. In 2010, the Horicon and Collins zones hunts will open on Sept. 16.

Exterior Zone Canada goose seasons

Hunters should note that the season is closed in the South and Mississippi subzone from Oct. 11-15 during the duck season split. This is year four of a five-year trial period in which the exterior Canada goose zone will have a stable season length of 85 days and a two bird daily bag limit.

Horicon and Collins zones Canada goose seasons

The Horicon zone Canada goose season for 2010 has two time periods:

Hunters who applied for the Horicon zone will receive six harvest tags. The daily bag limit is two Canada geese.

There are three time periods in the Collins zone:

Hunters who applied for the Collins zone will receive six harvest tags. The daily bag limit is two Canada geese.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

This year's Youth Waterfowl hunt will be held Sept. 18-19; regular season bag limits and hunting hours apply. This special hunt offers youth age 12 through 15 (or those 10 or over hunting under the new mentored hunting law) the opportunity to learn skills from an adult without the pressure encountered during the regular season. Participants are reminded that they need to be HIP registered (free of charge) and that for hunting geese they must possess a goose tag for the zone in which they wish to hunt. In Wisconsin, 82 percent of waterfowl hunters have introduced someone new to the sport and are encouraged to continue mentoring with this great opportunity to introduce a son, daughter, relative, or neighbor to the tradition of waterfowl hunting.

For more information see the Watefowl in Wisconsin page of the DNR website.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: James Christopoulos, Assistant Migratory Game Bird Ecologist (608) 261-6458

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 07, 2010

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