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Got your goose?

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAStill itching to get up before the crack of dawn, wade through the mud in the cold or rain and take a few shots at high flying birds? Well, it’s time to get your goose. The extended goose season is upon us and there are plenty of geese. The only question is what to do with them after you take them. You can only eat so many geese before you realize that vienna sausages really do taste better!

Take a gander at this late season opportunities for geese in Louisiana (Remember, most of northeast Louisiana is in the EAST zone:

GOOSE SEASON – Conservation Order season: For blue, snow and Ross’ geese only Coastal Zone,  Feb. 3-March 2;  East Zone,  Jan. 27-March 2; West Zone:  Feb. 3-March 2. **  No daily nor possession limits. Hunters allowed to use electronic calls and unplugged shotguns, and hunting hours extended to one-half hour after sunset.

What is the purpose of the Conservation Order season? To keep from writing a four-page discourse, it is simply that the federal government allows hunters to take as many geese as possible because there are more geese than there are places for them to live. They were over-conserved for years and now they have taken over. They ruin many of the prime nesting areas for ducks and with dwindling habitat, that becomes crucial. As they migrate south for the winter, they also gobble up food supplies that could be used by other birds. They work their way through a field of rice stuble faster than a horde of locusts going through a cornfield.

Realistically, hunters don’t have a chance to stop the problem. But they can put a dent in it. Here’s the latest on conservation order results from Larry Reynolds, state waterfowl leader for Louisiana:

“From our state harvest survey results, LDWF estimates that 1,850 people spent 23,720 days afield during the Conservation Order; the index to their harvest was 43,637 light geese in 2012/13 season.  Our survey is conducted only on those hunters who reported hunting geese during the regular season and killing at least 1 snow goose, and we know the results are biased toward more dedicated hunters, but it shows there is interest and participation in the Conservation Order.  However, both participation and harvest is lower than in the past. Recent summaries of mid-winter data show fewer snow geese are wintering in Louisiana (see the attached power-point slide) and thus opportunity is more limited for late-winter hunting during the Conservation Order.”

There is nothing extra needed for a hunter to participate in the Conservation Order, but remember despite extended hours and no limits,  all wanton-waste, non-toxic shot, and all other laws not specifically addressed in the Conservation Order regulations are the same as during the regular season.

One more thing. If you have a great hunting dog, or need to train your retriever some more, this extended season offers you an excellent opportunity for some time afield with your four-legged hunting buddy. If you want to find out more, check out

  http://www.ducks.org/hunting/goose-hunting/light-goose-conservation-order

Now, if we could just get a conservation order for CORMORANTS!!!!! 

Or to keep Al Gore from predicting the weather.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “Got your goose?

  1. One boat on the lake today. I figured it was Little George. He was just motoring around in a big circle, probably looking for a warm spot on his GPS….Now that I think about it, maybe it was Al Gore….

    Posted by darbone1 | January 29, 2014, 12:363:59 pm
  2. These comments really “bug” me. I believe as bunched up as the geese are in your picture, even you could hit at least one.
    Is it fishing season yet ?

    Posted by Little George | January 29, 2014, 12:363:57 pm
  3. I would love to argue with George’s comment, but I can’t. He is right. He knows his bugs. Every time he picks up a bug, he counts the number of legs so he can properly identify them. George also bream fishes with the black crickets that you find under street lights in the summer and often brings grasshoppers. At one time, I thought he had a secret weapon, but later realized he was just too cheap to BUY crickets or worms. And if he would quit spending so much time counting each one’s legs, he could catch more fish. Doesn’t it feel good to be right, George?

    Posted by darbone1 | January 29, 2014, 12:361:36 pm
  4. Although I have farmed corn for many years, I have never seen a HORDE of LOCUST in any corn field. Matter of fact, I’ve never seen a single locust in my corn field. If however, you are referring to the family of insects known by their Latin name, Locustidae, which is composed of many of the grasshoppers, I have seen a number of them. You are welcome for my diligence in setting the record straight.
    George

    Posted by george | January 29, 2014, 12:3612:35 pm

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