Colorado Snow Goose Hunters Can Hunt "Unplugged"

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New for the 2010 Light Goose Conservation Order, snow goose hunters may use "unplugged" shotguns--guns capable of holding more than three shells--to aid in taking light geese when the special conservation order season opens Monday, February 15.

Approved last year by the Colorado Wildlife Commission, this regulation change was unintentionally omitted from the 2009 Colorado Waterfowl Brochure.

Hunters are reminded that unplugged shotguns are permitted during the Light Goose Conservation Order season only and may not be used for any other species or season dates. Hunters who choose to remove plugs from their shotguns for the LGCO must replace them prior to next year's fall hunting season.

Due to overpopulated snow geese and their detrimental impacts to sensitive, arctic, breeding habitat, the LGCO is a special hunting season aimed at reducing the overall numbers of light geese.

To provide expanded hunting opportunities, unlimited bag limits, extended hunting hours and electronic calls are also permitted for the LGCO season. In addition, a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is not required to take light geese during the conservation order season. However, hunters are required to purchase a Colorado Waterfowl Stamp.

Light Goose Conservation Order Season:

  • All areas east of I-25
  • Feb. 15-April 30, 2010
  • Daily Bag Limit: Unlimited
  • Possession Limit: Unlimited
  • Legal Hunting Hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset

For further information concerning waterfowl regulations and season dates, please visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site at:

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