Overabundant species: special conservation measures

Fall 2018 and Spring 2019

Note: Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2018 federal permit.

Overabundant Snow and Ross’s Geese

The Snow and Ross’s Geese populations have increased dramatically in the past several decades and most of their populations are well above their population objectives (North American Waterfowl Management Plan 2012). In response to concerns over potential impacts of these geese on their habitats, Snow Geese (Greater and Lesser) and Ross’s Geese have been designated as “overabundant”. An overabundant population is one for which the rate of population growth has resulted in, or will potentially result in, a population whose abundance directly threatens the conservation of migratory birds (themselves or others) or their habitats, or is injurious to or threatens agricultural, environmental or other similar interests.

The overabundant designation provides tools to increase hunter harvest under special conditions, such as higher bag and possession limits, and a special spring conservation season when hunters are allowed to take geese in order to help reduce the population numbers.

For more information on overabundant Snow and Ross’s Geese, please refer to the Migratory Game Bird Population Status Report.

For details on special conservation measures that are in place in certain jurisdictions, please refer to the tables below, as well as to the Migratory Birds Hunting Regulations Summaries.

Quebec

Measures in Quebec Concerning Overabundant Species
Area Period during which Snow Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
District A Sept. 1 to Dec. 16, 2018 Recorded bird calls d, f
District A May 1 to June 30, 2019 Recorded bird calls d
District B Sept. 15 to Dec. 29, 2018 Recorded bird calls d, f
Districts C and D Sept. 1 to Sept. 14, 2018 a,
and Sept. 15 to Dec. 29, 2018
Recorded bird calls d, f
Districts C and D Mar. 1 to May 31, 2019 a Recorded bird calls d
District E Sept. 1 to Sept. 14, 2018 a, and
Sept. 16 to Dec. 29, 2018
Recorded bird calls d, f;
bait crop area e
District E Mar. 1 to May 31, 2019 a Recorded bird calls d; bait e
District F Sept. 6 to Sept. 21, 2018 a,
and Sept. 22, 2018 to Jan. 5, 2019
Recorded bird calls d, f;
bait crop area e
District F Mar. 1 to May 31, 2019 a, b, c Recorded bird calls d; bait e
District G Sept. 29 to Dec. 26, 2018 Recorded bird calls d, f

a Hunting and hunting equipment are allowed only on farmland.

b In District F, no person shall hunt south of the St. Lawrence River and north of the road right-of-way of Route 132 between the western limit of the Montmagny municipality and the eastern limit of Cap-Saint-Ignace municipality, other than in lots 4 598 472, 2 611 981 and 2 611 982 of the cadastre of Quebec (all located in Montmagny municipality).

c In District F, on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, no person shall hunt north of the St. Lawrence River and south of a line located at 1000 m north of Highway 40 between Montée St-Laurent and the Maskinongé River. On the south shore of the St. Lawrence River, no person shall hunt south of the St. Lawrence River and north of the railroad right-of-way located near Route 132 between the Nicolet River in the east and Lacerte Road in the west.

d “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

e Hunting with bait or in a bait crop area is permitted if the Regional Director has given consent in writing pursuant to section 23.3.

f Any species of migratory bird for which it is open season may be taken while hunting Snow Geese with recorded Snow Geese calls.

Note:

Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.

District F - Four maps showing the areas where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

Map 1: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting area of Baie-du-Febvre - Nicolet
Map of Baie-du-Febvre - Nicolet
Long description for map 1

Map showing the Baie-du-Febvre and Nicolet area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

Map 2: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting Area of Saint-Barthélémy
Map of Saint-Barthélémy
Long description for map 2

Map showing the Saint-Barthélémy area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

Map 3: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting Area of Montmangny - Cap Saint-Ignace (East)
Map of Montmangny - Cap Saint-Ignace (East)
Long description for map 3

Map showing the Montmagny-Cap Saint-Ignace east area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

Map 4: The Greater Snow Geese Spring Conservation Harvest. Non-hunting Area of Montmangny - Cap Saint-Ignace (West)
Map of Montmangny - Cap Saint-Ignace (West)
Long description for map 4

Map showing the Montmagny-Cap Saint-Ignace west area (purple dotted) in district F where the spring hunting of Greater Snow Geese is prohibited.

Ontario

Measures in Ontario Concerning Overabundant Species
Area Period during which Snow Geese and Ross's Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
Wildlife Management Unit 65 Mar. 1 to May 31, 2019 g Recorded bird calls h

g Hunting and hunting equipment are allowed only on farmland.

h “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

Note:

Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.

Manitoba

Measures in Manitoba Concerning Overabundant Species
Game Bird Hunting Zone Period during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
Zone 1 Aug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2018, and Apr. 1 to June 15, 2019 Recorded bird calls i
Zones 2, 3 and 4 Mar. 15 to May 31, 2019 Recorded bird calls i

i “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

Note:

Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.

Saskatchewan

Measures in Saskatchewan Concerning Overabundant Species
District Period during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
No. 1 (North) and 2 (South) Mar. 15 to June 15, 2019 Recorded bird calls j

j “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

Note:

Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.

Alberta

Measures in Alberta Concerning Overabundant Species
Area Period during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
Throughout Alberta Mar. 15 to June 15, 2019 Recorded bird calls k

k “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

Note:

Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross's Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.

Nunavut

Measures in Nunavut Concerning Overabundant Species
Area Period during which Snow Geese and Ross's Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
Throughout Nunavut Aug. 15 to Aug. 31, 2018 Recorded bird calls l
Throughout Nunavut May 1 to June 30, 2019 Recorded bird calls l

l “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

Note:

Hunters interested in participating in the conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross's Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.

Northwest Territories

Measures in the Northwest Territories Concerning Overabundant Species
Area Period during which Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
Banks Island, Victoria Island and Queen Elizabeth Islands May 1 to June 30, 2019 Recorded bird calls m
Throughout the Northwest Territories except Banks Island, Victoria Island and Queen Elizabeth Islands May 1 to May 28, 2019 Recorded bird calls m

m “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

Note:

  • Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.
  • No person shall hunt earlier than one hour before sunrise or later than one hour after sunset.

Yukon Territory

Measures in the Yukon Territory Concerning Overabundant Species
Area Period during which Snow Geese and Ross's Geese may be killed Additional hunting method or equipment
Throughout the Yukon Territory May 1 to May 28, 2019 Recorded bird calls n

n “Recorded bird calls” refers to bird calls of a species referred to in the heading of column 2.

Note:

  • Hunters interested in participating in the spring conservation harvest of Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese should keep their 2018 federal permits.
  • No person shall hunt earlier than one hour before sunrise or later than one hour after sunset.
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