Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Reports

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Bob Brown CA
Date reported: 3/2/2016
Area Light Goose Population very few
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure low
Hunter Success low
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.)
Most of the geese have moved north. This will be the last report for the spring of 2016.
Nodaway Valley CA
Date reported: 3/2/2016
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure low
Hunter Success low
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.)
Most of the wetland pools have been drained for management purposes. Hunting will still be permitted but water will be limited. Most of the geese have migrated north through Holt County. This will be the last report for the spring of 2016.
Fountain Grove CA
Date reported: 2/1/2016
Area Light Goose Population 7,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 2,500
Hunting Pressure None
Hunter Success None
Pools/Units Open for Hunting The East side refuge, west side refuge and the two fields on either side of the entrance road are closed during the conservation order. The remainder of the area is open to light goose hunting.
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 to hunt snows, blues and Rossís geese. All pools are currently at full pool elevations. Beginning February 1, 2016 pools will be drawn down gradually for management purposes, and to be completely drawn down by March 15, 2016.
Grand Pass CA
Date reported: 3/4/2016
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
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.)
Wetland pools have been drained for management purposes. Most of the light geese have migrated north and this will be the last post for the spring of 2016.
Squaw Creek NWR
Date reported: 2/8/2016
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/Squaw_Creek/wildlife_and_habitat/waterfowl_count.html
Swan Lake NWR
Date reported: 3/9/2015
Area Light Goose Population 32000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success NA
Pools/Units Open for Hunting R1, R4, N4, N2, A3, B4, G2, A7, J2, and H2.
Area Hunt Procedures For Hunting Information Visit copy and past the following address into your web browser: http://www.fws.gov/uploadedFiles/Spring%20Snow%20Goose%20Hunt%20Flyer%202014.pdf
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
For more detailed numbers visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/swanlake/
Otter Slough
Date reported: 2/17/2016
Area Light Goose Population 100
Off-Area Light Goose Population 700
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Low
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.)
The wetland pools on Otter Slough Conservation Area will be dewatered so research can be conducted and data gathered during March. The information gathered will be beneficial to future wetland management of the area. Wildlife viewing and light goose hunting might be affected during this time period.
Ten Mile Pond
Date reported: 2/18/2016
Area Light Goose Population 1000
Off-Area Light Goose Population N/A
Hunting Pressure Low
Hunter Success Low
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Refuge is closed all other pools are open.
Area Hunt Procedures Self check-in starts at 4AM daily at area headquarters. 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. Hunters must recheck at the area headquarters before changing units.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Migration has picked up the last couple days. Seeing small groups fly over the area.
Duck Creek
Date reported: 2/16/2016
Area Light Goose Population 2500
Off-Area Light Goose Population 2500
Hunting Pressure Light
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. 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.)
A flock of about 2500 geese have been bouncing back and forth from Pool 1 to private fields north and east of Duck Creek this past week.
Four Rivers CA
Date reported: 3/16/2016
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure none
Hunter Success NA
Pools/Units Open for Hunting All areas, except those designated as Wildlife Refuge or No Firearms Hunting are open to snow goose hunting during the conservation order.
Area Hunt Procedures All snow goose hunters must complete the self-registration process either at the area headquarters in Unit 1, or the self-registration boxes in Unit 3 or 4.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
No snow geese have been seen on or around the area in several weeks. This is the last report for the 2016 Conservation Order.
Montrose CA
Date reported: 2/29/2016
Area Light Goose Population 111
Off-Area Light Goose Population low if any
Hunting Pressure very little
Hunter Success unknown
Pools/Units Open for Hunting shooting pools and reservoir
Area Hunt Procedures refuge areas must be honored.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
All refuges must be honored.
Schell-Osage CA
Date reported: 3/7/2016
Area Light Goose Population 35
Off-Area Light Goose Population 50
Hunting Pressure light
Hunter Success very poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open for hunting with the exception of the Permanent Wildlife Refuge. See area map for details.
Area Hunt Procedures Hunters must self-register at the area headquarters by filling out the green Daily Waterfowl Tag found in the self-registration booth just north of the lobby entrance. Once registered, hunters must check out by returning the bottom portion of the tag to report their harvest, even if they chose not to hunt or nothing was harvested.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
We never really had a migration through this part of Missouri in the spring. Peak numbers were 5,000 birds. This will be the last report for 2016 Conservation Order.
Ted Shanks
Date reported: 2/15/2016
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 1000
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire Area
Area Hunt Procedures All hunters must self check in before hunting and out after hunting at area HQ.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
There were several light geese using the area during the last warm period but have not been on the area for several days. With the warm forecast for this week I expect to see a lot of birds moving into and through the area.
Settles Ford
Date reported: 3/15/2016
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure None
Hunter Success None
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open to hunting.
Area Hunt Procedures All waterfowl hunters must self-register prior to hunting and check out immediately following the hunt at designated parking lots.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Most snow geese have already migrated North. For current conditions contact the area headquarters at 816-862-6488.
BK Leach
Date reported: 4/4/2015
Area Light Goose Population None
Off-Area Light Goose Population Few
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire Area
Area Hunt Procedures Hunters are required to check-in at major parking lots and return green cards to drop boxes upon completion of hunt. All state and federal waterfowl regulations apply.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
No snow geese have been seen the last week. This is the last report for the area.
Eagle Bluffs
Date reported: 2/16/2016
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population Low
Hunting Pressure None
Hunter Success None
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open for hunting with the exception of the No Hunting Zones. See area map for details.
Area Hunt Procedures 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 map room at the headquarters.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Most of the wetland pools will be drained for management purposes. Hunting is still permitted but water will be limited.