From the Environment Canada website: “It is proposed to eliminate the current requirement to use only blue or white phase Snow Goose decoys when electronic Snow Goose recordings are being used. Decoy restrictions were implemented in Manitoba (and Saskatchewan) due to concern about the potential vulnerability of Canada Geese to electronic Snow Goose recordings; however, research has since shown that Canada Geese are less vulnerable to electronic recordings of Snow Geese than to traditional hunting methods. Removal of this restriction would allow hunters to target both Canada and Snow Geese during the same hunt, which would provide additional opportunity to manage overabundant Snow Geese through hunting.”
While many waterfowlers, southerners especially, dislike hunting light geese, many find that shooting decoying snows and blues is as much fun as shooting honkers and mallards. The key word is “decoying.”
We usually do well targeting snow geese in September and October, as they stage in Manitoba preceding their migration. Success requires scouting and waiting for the flock to start building in a certain field. Even over all-white spreads, ducks and dark geese are typically taken. Because the bag limits for snow geese (20 daily) are so much higher than for mallards (8 daily) and Canada geese (5 daily), it’s possible for 5-6 hunters to achieve an aggregate of 100 or more waterfowl daily. And we suggest bringing extra ammo to the field.
This new measure, if enacted, will make duck and goose hunting trips to Canada far more productively exciting and is proposed to manage the mid-continental population of light geese. Once again, hunters are being relied on to achieve long-term wildlife conservation goals. Once again, we’ll make the best of it.
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