Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Reports

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Bob Brown CA
Date reported: 2/17/2018
Area Light Goose Population Varies daily
Off-Area Light Goose Population See Nodaway Valley report
Hunting Pressure none
Hunter Success None
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open.
Area Hunt Procedures Hunters must follow area regulations posted on the information boards and contained in the area brochure. There are no other, area specific, special regulations for snow goose hunting. Hunters do not need to fill out "Daily Hunter Record Cards".
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Ice in the pools is starting to melt and snow geese are starting to arrive in the County.
Nodaway Valley CA
Date reported: 2/17/2018
Area Light Goose Population Less than 2000 but varies each day
Off-Area Light Goose Population see Bob Brown report
Hunting Pressure none
Hunter Success none
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open except the Sanctuary Pool
Area Hunt Procedures Hunters must follow area regulations posted on the information boards and contained in the area brochure. There are no other, area specific, special regulations for snow goose hunting. Hunters do not need to fill out "Daily Hunter Record Cards".
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Some of the pools are starting to have some open water. Snow geese are showing up on days with southerly winds.
Fountain Grove CA
Date reported: 2/20/2018
Area Light Goose Population 50,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 7,000
Hunting Pressure High
Hunter Success Low
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Mac 1,2,3,4,5,Stinson, Pool 2 Proper, Pool 2 Walk-in, Pool 3 Proper, Pool 3 Walk-in, J3 Pool, J 1-2 Pool, J4, H Pool, East Emerson, Middle Emerson
Area Hunt Procedures All hunters must check in prior to hunting and check out at the conclusion of their hunt through the Hunter Check-In Room located on the west end of the shop building.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
A Conservation Order Permit is the only permit required, unless exempt. Currently all hunting Units are at full pool elevations and ice covered. Snow geese began arriving on area February 3.
Grand Pass CA
Date reported: 2/21/2018
Area Light Goose Population 40,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 10,000
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting 3, 4, 5, 5 West and TIII
Area Hunt Procedures Pools 1,2,6,7,8 and 9 are refuge. Hunters are required to obtain a Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag prior to hunting and return harvest cards at the completion of their hunt. Daily tags are located in the hunter check-in room on the north side of the headquarters building.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Snow geese are roosting in refuge pools and feeding on surrounding private land during the day. Pools are 99% ice covered.
Loess Bluffs NWR
Date reported: 2/17/2018
Area Light Goose Population See comments below.
Off-Area Light Goose Population See Bob Brown and Nodaway Valley reports
Hunting Pressure N/A
Hunter Success N/A
Pools/Units Open for Hunting All Closed to hunting.
Area Hunt Procedures Closed to Hunting.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Go to the refuge web site for up to date waterfowl counts. http://www.fws.gov/refuge/Loess_Bluffs/wildlife_and_habitat/waterfowl_count.html
Swan Lake NWR
Date reported: 2/21/2018
Area Light Goose Population 90000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure Low
Hunter Success NA
Pools/Units Open for Hunting R2, R4, N4, N2, A3, B4, H2, and A7
Area Hunt Procedures Self Check in at Hunting Headquarters
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
For more detailed numbers visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/swanlake/
Otter Slough
Date reported: 2/6/2018
Area Light Goose Population 2,000-40,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population Variable
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Moderate
Pools/Units Open for Hunting 35 Positions - See Map at Check In
Area Hunt Procedures Self check-in starts at 4AM daily at area headquarters front porch. Fill out green card and put top half in a slot indicating which unit you are hunting. Hunting allowed 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. All hunters must check out at the end of each day's hunt by filling out the green card and depositing in the slot.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Snow goose use on the area is sporadic and variable from one day to the next. Birds have been consistently in the region and moving through the region on migration days.
Ten Mile Pond
Date reported: 2/20/2018
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 1500
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Fair
Pools/Units Open for Hunting 24
Area Hunt Procedures Self-Check in
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Migration has picked up the last couple days. Seeing small groups fly over the area.
Duck Creek
Date reported: 2/15/2018
Area Light Goose Population 200-1000
Off-Area Light Goose Population Variable
Hunting Pressure Low
Hunter Success Low
Pools/Units Open for Hunting All Except Pool 1
Area Hunt Procedures Self check-in starts at 4AM daily at area headquarters front porch. Fill out green card and put top half in a slot indicating which unit you are hunting. Hunting allowed 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. All hunters must check out at the end of each day's hunt by filling out the green card and depositing in the slot.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Snow goose use on the area is sporadic and variable from one day to the next, they have occasionally been on the area, mainly Pool 1 refuge, this past week.
Four Rivers CA
Date reported: 2/22/2018
Area Light Goose Population 20,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 20,000+
Hunting Pressure light
Hunter Success low
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Wildlife Refuge zones are closed to hunting
Area Hunt Procedures All snow goose hunters must register before hunting by filling out the Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag. Once the top portion of the tag is deposited the bottom portion must be returned after the hunt even if nothing is harvested. Tags can be found at the Area Headquarters in the self-check box.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Snow geese use has been sporadic, but there have been roughly 20,000 geese roosting on the area the past couple nights. For the most part, birds are flying out early AM to feed and not returning until late. For more information call the area headquarters at 417-395-2341 or the 24 hr hotline will be updated soon at 417-395-4495.
Montrose CA
Date reported: 2/13/2018
Area Light Goose Population 86000
Off-Area Light Goose Population unknown
Hunting Pressure None
Hunter Success None
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open to hunting except portions designated as waterfowl refuge are closed until February 15. The waterfowl management zone/ No firearms zone located on the east side of the lake is closed to all hunting.
Area Hunt Procedures All waterfowl hunters must self register at area headquarters prior to hunting and check out immediately following the hunt.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Geese are roosting on the lake and feeding off area. Any questions can be directed to the Montrose office at (660)693-4666.
Schell-Osage CA
Date reported: 2/22/2018
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population unknown
Hunting Pressure light
Hunter Success low
Pools/Units Open for Hunting All pools except areas designated as Wildlife Refuge.
Area Hunt Procedures All snow goose hunters must register before hunting by filling out the Daily Waterfowl Hunting Tag. Once the top portion of the tag is deposited the bottom portion must be returned after the hunt even if nothing is harvested. Tags can be found at the Area Headquarters in the self-check box.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Snow goose numbers change frequently, but overall numbers have been low so far. We haven't had geese using the area for the past week. For more information call the area headquarters at 417-432-3414 or the 24 hr hotline will be updated soon at 417-432-1074.
Ted Shanks
Date reported: 2/20/2018
Area Light Goose Population 30,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population unknown
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area except refuge
Area Hunt Procedures All hunters must self check in and out at the area HQ. All information is located in the hunter information room on the east side of the building.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
There have been lots of light geese moving over the past several days and the number of geese on the area changes daily. There are also lots of other birds mixing in with the light geese including white-fronts, swans, and ducks. Please be sure of your target!
Settles Ford
Date reported: 1/22/2018
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population Low
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Unknown
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open to hunting except the portion that is designated as waterfowl refuge which is closed until after February 15.
Area Hunt Procedures All waterfowl hunters must self register at designated parking lots prior to hunting and immediately check out following the hunt.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
A few small groups of snow geese have been observed flying over the area.
BK Leach
Date reported: 2/15/2018
Area Light Goose Population 500
Off-Area Light Goose Population 15,000
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting All pools are open
Area Hunt Procedures Complete and return a hunter green card, which are located in the parking lots.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
No snow geese have been seen the last week. This is the last report for the area.
Eagle Bluffs
Date reported: 2/8/2018
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population Low
Hunting Pressure --
Hunter Success --
Pools/Units Open for Hunting None
Area Hunt Procedures Area is CLOSED to snow goose hunting due to baiting. Area staff decided to mow standing corn to provide high quality food for all migrating waterfowl and increase wildlife viewing opportunities. The area will remain closed throughout the conservation order.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
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