Overabundant Species: Special Conservation Measures for Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese - Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, Nunavut, Northwest Territories, and Yukon Territory

Fall 2016 and Spring 2017

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permit.


Overabundant Snow and Ross’s Geese

The Snow and Ross’s Geese populations have increased dramatically in the past several decades and most of their populations are well above their population objectives (North American Waterfowl Management Plan 2012). In response to concerns over potential impacts of these geese on their habitats, Snow Geese (Greater and Lesser) and Ross’s Geese have been designated as “overabundant”. An overabundant population is one for which the rate of population growth has resulted in, or will potentially result in, a population whose abundance directly threatens the conservation of migratory birds (themselves or others) or their habitats, or is injurious to or threatens agricultural, environmental or other similar interests.

The overabundant designation provides tools to increase hunter harvest under special conditions, such as higher bag and possession limits, and a special spring conservation season when hunters are allowed to take geese in order to help reduce the population numbers.

For more information on overabundant Snow and Ross’s Geese, please refer to the Migratory Game Bird Population Status Report.

For details on special conservation measures that are in place in certain jurisdictions, please refer to the tables below, as well as to the Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations Summaries.

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Quebec

Measures in Quebec Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
District ASept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2016Recorded bird calls Note d Note f
District AMay 1 to June 30, 2017Recorded bird calls Note d
District BSept. 17 to Dec. 31, 2016Recorded bird calls Note d Note f
Districts C and DSept. 1 to Sept. 16, 2016 Note a, and Sept. 17 to Dec. 31, 2016Recorded bird calls Note d Note f
Districts C and DMar. 1 to May 31, 2017 Note aRecorded bird calls Note d
District ESept. 1 to Sept. 16, 2016 Note a, and Sept. 17 to Dec. 31, 2016Recorded bird calls Note d Note f; bait crop area Note e
District EMar. 1 to May 31, 2017 Note aRecorded bird calls Note d; bait Note e
District FSept. 6 to Sept. 23, 2016 Note a, and Sept. 24, 2016, to Jan. 7, 2017Recorded bird calls Note d Note f; bait crop area Note e
District FMar. 1 to May 31, 2017 Note a Note b Note cRecorded bird calls Note d; bait Note e
District GSept. 24 to Dec. 26, 2016Recorded bird calls Note d Note f

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.

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District F - Four maps showing the areas where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

Map 1: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting area of Baie-du-Febvre - Nicolet
Map of Baie-du-Febvre – Nicolet
Long description for map 1

Map showing the Baie-du-Febvre and Nicolet area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

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Map 2: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting Area of Saint-Barthélémy
Map of Saint-Barthélémy
Long description for map 2

Map showing the Saint-Barthélémy area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

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Map 3: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting Area of Montmangny - Cap Saint-Ignace (East)
Map of Montmangny – Cap Saint-Ignace (East)
Long description for map 3

Map showing the Montmagny-Cap Saint-Ignace east area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

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Map 4: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting Area of Montmangny - Cap Saint-Ignace (West)
Map of Montmangny – Cap Saint-Ignace (West)
Long description for map 4

Map showing the Montmagny-Cap Saint-Ignace west area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

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Ontario

Measures in Ontario Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
Wildlife Management Unit 65Mar. 1 to May 31, 2017 Note gRecorded bird calls Note h

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.

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Manitoba

Measures in Manitoba Concerning Overabundant Species
Game Bird Hunting ZonePeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
Zone 1Aug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2016, and Apr. 1 to June 15, 2017Recorded bird callsNote i
Zones 2, 3 and 4Mar. 15 to May 31, 2017Recorded bird callsNote i

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.

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Saskatchewan

Measures in Saskatchewan Concerning Overabundant Species
DistrictPeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
No. 1 (North) and 2 (South)Mar. 15 to June 15, 2017Recorded bird calls Note j

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.

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Alberta

Measures in Alberta Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
Throughout AlbertaMar. 15 to June 15, 2017Recorded bird calls Note k

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross's Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.

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Nunavut

Measures in Nunavut Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross's Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
Throughout NunavutAug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2016Recorded bird calls Note l
Throughout NunavutMay 1 to June 30, 2017Recorded bird calls Note l

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the conservation harvest of Snow Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.

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Northwest Territories

Measures in the Northwest Territories Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
Banks Island, Victoria Island and Queen Elizabeth IslandsMay 1 to June 30, 2017Recorded bird calls Note m
Throughout the Northwest Territories except Banks Island, Victoria Island and Queen Elizabeth IslandsMay 1 to May 28, 2017Recorded bird calls Note m

Note:

  • Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.
  • No person shall hunt earlier than one hour before sunrise or later than one hour after sunset.

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Yukon Territory

Measures in the Yukon Territory Concerning Overabundant Species
AreaPeriod during which Snow Geese and Ross's Geese may be killedAdditional hunting method or equipment
Throughout the Yukon TerritoryMay 1 to May 28, 2017Recorded bird calls Note n

Note:

  • Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2016-2017 federal permits.
  • No person shall hunt earlier than one hour before sunrise or later than one hour after sunset.

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