CHEYENNE - Hunters wanting to continue their waterfowl hunting into the late winter and early spring might wish to take advantage of the special light goose season granted under the Light Goose Conservation Order. The season opens in the Central Flyway portion of Wyoming on Feb. 24 and runs through April 6.
The Central Flyway is the portion of Wyoming east of the Continental Divide excluding the Great Divide Basin.
Light geese allowed to be taken under the Conservation Order include the snow, blue, and Ross’ goose. Game and Fish waterfowl biologist Larry Roberts said the hunting for light geese can be very hit and miss as to finding are liable location where a person can have success. “Sometimes hunters will catch things just right and do very well,” Roberts said. ”But they may return the next day and find the geese have left.”
But, for those hunters wanting to give it a try, Roberts suggested some of the walk-in and Game and Fish habitat management areas in Goshen County. “Hunters may also be able to find landowners that will grant permission,” Roberts said.
Hunting regulations during the special light goose season are much more liberal than during the regular waterfowl seasons. Recorded or electronic calls may be used and the bag limit is 20 per day with an unrestricted possession limit. License requirements include a Wyoming Game bird license, conservation stamp and a conservation order special management permit. A migratory bird stamp (duck stamp) and Harvest Information Program (HIP) permit is not required.
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. The shooting hours’ table is found on page 27 of the Late Migratory bird regulations.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)