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Joe Manchin III, Governor
Frank Jezioro, Director

News Release : August 10, 2007

Hoy Murphy, Public Information Officer (304) 558-3381
Curtis Taylor, Wildlife Resources Section Chief (304) 558-2771

Canada Goose Season Opens September 1

West Virginia’s 2007-08 waterfowl seasons will begin statewide on September 1 with the opening of the early Canada goose season, which will end on September 15, according to Curtis I. Taylor, Chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section. Shooting hours are ½ 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 Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card in addition to their regular hunting license. HIP registration is free and available from DNR offices and all hunting license outlets.

“We continue to maintain a relatively high Canada goose population despite our liberal hunting season,” said Taylor. “Consistently successful hunters are those who maintain good relationships with landowners, scout regularly and adjust their tactics based on what the birds are doing.” Canada geese are wary and will change feeding and loafing areas quickly due to hunting pressure and food availability.

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


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