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« on: January 28, 2015, 07 :17:21 PM »

Opportunities abound for late snow goose hunting
 
LITTLE ROCK – Snow geese abound in parts of Arkansas at present. Wildlife managers are practically begging Arkansans to get out and hunt them.
Reason? The birds are too numerous. They are damaging habitat in portions of their migration and breeding grounds in the far north as well as damaging farm crops in their Arkansas wintering grounds. This has led to the yearly Snow Goose Conservation Order which allows liberalized taking of the birds after the regular waterfowl season has closed.
The conservation order is closed Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, because of the waterfowl youth hunt. It reopens Monday, Feb. 2, and continues through April 25, although the geese likely will have left Arkansas before then.
To get in on this special snow goose action, there are two essential first steps. First, register with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission. It is free. Call toll-free 800-364-4263 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or go online to agfc.com, click on the permit page then click "Submit New Permit Application."
Second, get permission from one or more private landowners to hunt the overabundant birds. That is where you will probably find them. The geese are not often found on wildlife management areas, which are mostly forested. Some farmers and landowners welcome hunters to go after the nuisance birds; some don’t.
The special rules for the conservation order include:
* Hunting is from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
* There are no daily bag limits or possession limits.
* Hunters may use unplugged shotguns.
* Hunters may use electronic calls.
* No federal or state waterfowl stamps are required.
* Hunters must have a valid hunting license, but it may be from any state.
The conservation order specifies “light geese,” and this includes the white snow geese, their blue color phase and Ross’s geese which look like small snow geese. Many snow goose hunters use large decoy spreads. Nontoxic shotgun loads are required.
Large flocks of these geese are most common in east Arkansas. This area is a rough triangle from Clay County southwest to Pulaski County then southeast to Chicot County.
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2015, 02 :01:09 AM »

Are geese even good to eat? I heard they were only worthy of jerky
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2015, 08 :53:01 AM »

Geese are only good for pooping everywhere.
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