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Joe Manchin III, Governor

Frank Jezioro, Director


News Release : August 8, 2006


Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381

Contact: Curtis Taylor , Wildlife Resources Section Chief (304) 558-2771

Canada Goose Season Opens September 1

West Virginia’s 2006-07 waterfowl seasons will begin September 1 with the opening of the early Canada goose season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section.

The 2006 September Canada goose season will be open statewide September 1 through September 16. The daily bag limit is five Canada geese and the possession limit is 10. Shooting hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise until sunset. All other general waterfowl hunting regulations apply to the September season. Hunters must possess a federal waterfowl stamp and a free Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card in addition to their regular hunting license.

“Canada goose populations remain high and production was good this year so plenty of birds should be available,” Taylor advised. “However, even with large numbers of geese, hunting can be difficult. Canada geese are very wary and will quickly change their habits and feeding areas in response to hunting pressure or crop harvesting. Successful hunters scout regularly, maintain good relations with numerous landowners and adjust their tactics.”

Finally, waterfowl hunters are reminded of two important toll free numbers. Federal waterfowl stamps may be purchased with a credit card by calling 1-800-Stamp24 (782-6724). Hunters who harvest a banded bird may call 1-800-327-Band (2263) to report the bird and find out when and where it was banded. Banded birds may also be reported online at (select bird banding lab)


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