REGION – Since 2009, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has annually issued a “Conservation Order” to allow the reduction of the population of migrating greater and lesser snow geese as well as Ross’ geese. The numbers of these geese have grown so high that they are destroying habitat for themselves and other species.
Eight states in the Atlantic Flyway included Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Vermont, will hold a similar Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order from March 11 through April 28, 2017.
The Vermont 2017 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order will occur statewide. The daily bag limit is 15 snow geese, and there is no possession limit. Waterfowl hunting regulations in effect last fall will apply during the 2017 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order with the exception that unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used, and shooting hours will be extended until one half hour after sunset.
A 2017 Spring Snow Goose Harvest Permit is required and is available at no charge on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department’s website www.vtfishandwildlife.com under “Hunt-Waterfowl-Spring Snow Goose Hunt.” Hunters may also call the Essex Junction Office at 802-878-1564 to request a permit.
Hunters will also need a 2017 Vermont hunting license, a 2017 Harvest Information Program (HIP) number, a 2016 federal migratory hunting stamp, and a 2017 Vermont migratory waterfowl stamp.
Hunters can register with the Harvest Information Program by going to the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department website or by calling toll free 1-877-306-709.
Hunters who obtain a permit will be required to complete an online survey after April 28 and prior to May 16, 2017, whether they hunted or not. Hunters without access to the Internet may obtain a copy of the survey by calling 802-878-1564.