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Vermont Snow geese spring season!

Vermont is having a snow goose season starting March 11, 2011!

"2011 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order – VERMONT

 

The special spring conservation order for snow geese is designed to increase harvest of these birds, which have increased to one million birds in the Atlantic Flyway and now threaten the long-term health of the ecosystems they inhabit.  As a requirement for establishing a spring conservation order in Vermont, we must collect information on hunter participation and snow goose harvest.  This information will help managers assess effectiveness of the spring conservation order for reducing snow goose populations.

Please note that a permit is required to participate in the 2011 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order. To obtain a permit, click on the "Request Permit" tab below and fill in the needed information. A permit will automatically be created which you can print out and carry with you while hunting. Please be sure to sign it!

At the end of the conservation order, you are required to take a few minutes to accurately and completely fill out a survey online, even if you did not participate or bag any geese. To complete the survey online, go back to this site, click "Fill Out Survey", enter your name and permit number, and click "Submit". After you complete the survey, click "Submit Survey". If you prefer, you may also print a copy of this survey, fill it in during the season and mail it to Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, 111 West Street, Essex Junction, VT, 05452. Please complete and submit the survey by May 15, 2011 

Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order Regulations in Vermont:Season Dates:  March 11 – April 22, 2011Legal Species: Snow Geese (includes Blue Geese) and Ross' GeeseDaily Bag Limit: 15Possession Limit: No LimitLicense Required: Current Vermont Hunting License Harvest Information Program (HIP) Certification2010 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp2010 or 2011 Vermont Migratory Waterfowl Stamp  2011 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order Permit"

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I remember way back when, I

I remember way back when, I killed my first canada goose in Vermont.  1988, I think.

Anyway, you were allowed 3 or 4 birds a day, and you COULD NOT hunt snow geese.  Their numbers were considered too low.  Then, funny thing happened.

all of a sudden, they took away the Canada goose season, cause their numbers dropped.  However, the snow geese had started to expand.  So, they allowed hunting for them, and alot of guys were happy to see it.

Next thing you know, the numbers ballooned so much, I seriously think you could shoot something like 20 birds a day at one point.  They eventually were able to shoot canadas again, but it was a few years without them then.

Given the display I saw in Nebraska 2 weeks ago (See below post), I can see why all these states are allowing snow goose hunts in the spring.  Their numbers are astronomical these days. Yes

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yep

We rarely see the white geese and I am only a few miles from Vermont. But they must be common somewhere.

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Some places have decent

Some places have decent numbers of them.... Wink

http://www.nebraskaweatherphotos.org/Dsc_0573d80sm5.jpg

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