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New Optional Regulations Permitted During September Canada Goose Season

July 9, 2007 (updated 7/20/07)

At the recommendation of the Atlantic Flyway Council, the US Fish and Wildlife Service has approved the use of special regulations to help curb the growth of Resident Population Canada geese, beginning in 2007. The special regulations are optional. The following new regulations apply:

  • Electronic calls are permitted.
  • Shotguns capable of holding no more than 7 shells (including magazine and chamber) are permitted.
  • Hunting hours: hour before sunrise to hour after sunset. Note that this allows hunting hour later than during previous years.

HUNTERS NEED TO REMEMBER THAT THESE SPECIAL REGULATIONS ONLY APPLY TO THE SEPTEMBER CANADA GOOSE SEASON. In particular, hunters that choose to use unplugged guns during the September Canada goose season are reminded to reinstall magazine plugs before pursuing other game species.

During all other waterfowl seasons, including ducks, brant, regular and winter Canada goose, and snow goose, "standard" regulations apply. "Standard" regulations include: electronic calls prohibited, shotguns may not be capable of holding more than 3 shotshells, and hunting hours end at sunset.

2007-2008 Migratory Bird Early Seasons Summary (pdf, 9kb)

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