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Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks
1505 Eastover Drive, Jackson, MS, 39211
Phone: 601-432-2400

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mississippi’s Early Canada Goose Season Opening Soon

JACKSON - Mississippi hunters will get their first chance to hunt waterfowl when the early Canada goose season opens September 1.  This hunting opportunity was developed to help manage Mississippi's population of resident Canada geese.  The season will close on September 15, giving hunters a two week opportunity topursue these birds. 

Resident Canada geese may be found in a variety of habitats during the September season.  Key areas to locate geese include large bodies of water like lakes and reservoirs, harvested crop fields, farm ponds, and even hay fields where geese typically return to the same areas daily.  "Hunters should remember that these geese are year-round residents of the state and are usually well patterned in their daily flights.  Scouting is the key to having successful September goose hunts" explained James Callicutt, MDWFP Waterfowl Program Biologist.   

 The bag limit for the early season is 5 Canada geese per day with no more than 10 in possession.  Shooting hours are from 30 minutes prior to sunrise until sunset.  Hunters should be sure their hunting license iscurrent for the 2012-13 hunting season, complete with Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification, and possess state and federal waterfowl stamps. 

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