Maryland Snow Goose Hunting

October 21 [Mon], 2013, 21:56

Maryland snow goose hunting provides the waterfowl enthusiast a long season that lasts from fall to early spring. With the variety of habitat, from lakes and shorefront to pasturelands, snow geese travel through Maryland as they are migrating to and from breeding and wintering groups. As a result, every year, thousands of hunters travel to canada goose parka men Maryland to hunt snow geese.

It was once believed that snow geese could be broken down into two subspecies--blues and common snows. But these two distinct color phases, slate gray and completely white, are now considered to be one species. Both color phases are legal to shoot during open hunting seasons. Male and female snow geese have pink bills with rose-red legs, and weigh 5 to 6 pounds.

To counteract the large canada goose parka on sale migrating population, Maryland has a long snow goose season that starts in October and extends into April with a designated conservation season. The conservation season is designed for hunters to harvest additional geese, which helps to reduce the overall population. There are several snow goose seasons, with the first season opening on October 10 and closing on November 27. The next season runs from November 30 to January 30. The final conservation season opens on February 1 and closes on April 17.

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Every snow goose hunter--resident and nonresident--must purchase a valid hunting license and waterfowl stamp before hunting. Maryland requires a $9 migratory game bird stamp along with the federal waterfowl stamp. The hunting license will cost a resident $24.50 and a three-day license is available to the nonresident for $45. The stamps and licenses must be in your possession at all times while hunting.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sets the majority of the regulations regarding snow goose hunting. These regulations are designed to control the population and regulate the hunting between states. You are allowed to hunt snow geese starting one half-hour before sunrise and ending one half-hour after sunset. The daily bag limit for snow geese is 20, with no possession limit.

Snow goose habitat consists primarily of tall grass prairies and marshes. Their feeding areas include agricultural grains, waste grain and aquatic plant roots. With the number of snow geese in Maryland, they can destroy fields and cause major crop damage. If a specific field is a known feeding location, hunters canada goose jacket men will set up decoys and blinds to call the geese into their decoy spread.

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