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Contact(s): Taylor Finger, DNR migratory game bird ecologist, 608-266-8841
September 12, 2017

MADISON -Regular season Canada goose hunting in the Exterior and Horicon zones opens Saturday, Sept. 16, along with the two-day Youth Waterfowl Hunt Sept. 16-17.

Youth Waterfowl Hunt

This year's Youth Waterfowl hunt will be held Sept. 16 and 17. This special hunt offers youth age 12-15 (or those 10 or over hunting under the mentored hunting law) the opportunity to learn skills from an adult without the increased hunting pressure encountered during the regular season.

"These two days provide a great opportunity for nearly 3,500 kids to enjoy waterfowl hunting under the guidance of a friend or family member each year," said Taylor Finger, Department of Natural Resources migratory game bird ecologist.

Normal season bag limits apply, but all license and stamp requirements are waived for the youth hunt. However, participants still need to be HIP registered (free of charge) and possess a regular season goose permit for the zone in which they are hunting if they wish to hunt geese during this time. Licensed adults may also hunt geese since the Exterior and Horicon Zone goose seasons are open during these dates.

Individuals of all ages and skill levels are reminded to check out a Learn to Hunt waterfowl clinic to learn more about hunting and its role within conservation.

Regular Goose season

With resident Canada goose breeding numbers similar to recent years and average production of the Ontario breeders, hunters should have ample opportunities this year, and will again enjoy a full 92 days of hunting in the Exterior zone with a two-bird daily bag limit.

"When combined with the 15 days of the early season, this puts Wisconsin at 107 days of Canada goose hunting - this is the maximum season length allowed by federal law," said Finger.

Exterior Zone Canada goose season structure is as follows:

Hunters should note that the goose season is closed during the duck season split in both the South Zone (closed Oct. 9-13) and Mississippi River Subzone (closed Oct. 7-13).

It is important to note that the Horicon Zone Canada goose season structure has been combined into a single period:

The daily bag limit for Canada geese in the Horicon Zone remains at two. In 2014, the season harvest limit in this zone was increased to 12 total Canada geese. It is important to remember that locations west of Highway 73 and north of Highway 23 are no longer part of the Horicon Zone, but rather part of the Exterior Zone.

For more information regarding waterfowl hunting in Wisconsin, visit and search keywords "waterfowl management."

Go Wild

Hunters are required to report their harvest within 48 hours by phone at 844-426-3734 (844-GAME-REG) or online at

Early, Exterior and Horicon Zone goose permits are now printed on plain paper, rather than green thermal paper. A Wisconsin driver's licenses, DNR issued PDF file, Conservation Card or paper tag is required to be carried on person. New this year, infield validation is no longer required of hunters.

For more information, visit

Last Revised: Tuesday, September 12, 2017

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