Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Reports

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Bob Brown CA
Date reported: 2/21/2017
Area Light Goose Population See Comments
Off-Area Light Goose Population See Nodaway Valley report
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.)
There are still a few geese in the county but the bulk of the migration has moved north. This will be the last report for the spring of 2017.
Nodaway Valley CA
Date reported: 2/21/2017
Area Light Goose Population See comments below
Off-Area Light Goose Population see Bob Brown report
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.)
There are still a few geese in the county but the bulk of the migration has moved north. This will be the last report for the spring of 2017.
Fountain Grove CA
Date reported: 3/8/2017
Area Light Goose Population 100
Off-Area Light Goose Population 500
Hunting Pressure Low
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 with no ice coverage. Snow geese began arriving on area January 20.
Grand Pass CA
Date reported: 2/23/2017
Area Light Goose Population 1,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 500
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.)
The majority of snow geese have moved north out of the area. This will be the last report of the 2017 Conservation Order.
Loess Bluffs NWR
Date reported: 2/2/2017
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: 2/3/2017
Area Light Goose Population 266,000
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success NA
Pools/Units Open for Hunting 17
Area Hunt Procedures Self check in and check out at the Hunting Headquarters.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
For more detailed numbers visit our website at http://www.fws.gov/midwest/swanlake/
Otter Slough
Date reported: 3/1/2017
Area Light Goose Population Few
Off-Area Light Goose Population Variable
Hunting Pressure Low
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.)
There are still a few geese around, but use is inconsistent and I don't expect any major movements of birds to come through the area. This is the last update for the area.
Ten Mile Pond
Date reported: 2/16/2017
Area Light Goose Population 5000
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: 2/23/2017
Area Light Goose Population 1500
Off-Area Light Goose Population 1500
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. 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.)
White-fronted geese with some snow geese mixed in have occasionally been on the area, mainly Pool 1 refuge, this past week. Very inconsistent use by snow geese.
Four Rivers CA
Date reported: 2/22/2017
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population unknown
Hunting Pressure very light
Hunter Success poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting The areas designated as Wildlife Refuge are closed to hunting all year. The remainder of the area is open,.
Area Hunt Procedures All hunters must complete the self-registration process at the Area Headquarters or at the self-registration boxes in Units 3 or 4.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
No snow geese have been sighted on the area for several weeks. This will be the last report for the 2017 conservation order.
Montrose CA
Date reported: 2/16/2017
Area Light Goose Population 40
Off-Area Light Goose Population 65
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: 2/23/2017
Area Light Goose Population 200
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure very light
Hunter Success poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Permanent Wildlife Refuge is closed to hunting year round. Remainder of the area is open for the conservation order. 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.)
There was never a good spring migration through west central Missouri this year. The majority of the snow goose population is north of Missouri so this will be the last report of the year for Schell-Osage CA.
Ted Shanks
Date reported: 3/6/2017
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success Poor
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire Area
Area Hunt Procedures All hunters must self check in prior to hunting and out after hunting at the are HQ.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Still seeing a few small groups of birds moving across the area but not many. This will be the final report for this year.
Settles Ford
Date reported: 2/22/2017
Area Light Goose Population 0
Off-Area Light Goose Population 0
Hunting Pressure Light
Hunter Success None
Pools/Units Open for Hunting Entire area is open to hunting.
Area Hunt Procedures All waterfowl hunters must register before hunting at designated hunter record boxes and check out immediately after completing the hunt.
Comments
(Migrations, etc.)
Most snow geese have already migrated north with the unseasonal warm weather. This will be the final report for the year. For questions about Settle's Ford contact area staff 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: 3/7/2017
Area Light Goose Population None
Off-Area Light Goose Population Low
Hunting Pressure None
Hunter Success N/A
Pools/Units Open for Hunting The Entire Area is Closed
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.)
Snow geese have moved north out of the area. This will be the last report of the 2017 Conservation Order.