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CANADA GOOSE TESTING
Online Canada goose test currently unavailable
 

Canada goose testing is currently available at regional offices only.

  • Schedule a test at WDFW offices by appointment only (call for your local office for the schedule).
  • Hunters who fail a test must wait 28 days before retesting, and will not be issued a reciprocal authorization until that time.

WDFW Goose Identification Testing

The Oregon and Washington Fish and Wildlife Commissions have approved new regulations for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington goose hunters in 2016-17, including a closed season for dusky Canada geese. See the Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons pamphlet for more information.  New hunters and those who had their previous year’s hunting authorization invalidated for Goose Management Area 2 need to pass an exam with a minimum of 80% to receive their current year hunting authorization.

Hunters who fail a test must wait 28 days before retesting, and will not be issued a reciprocal authorization until that time.

The video titled "Pacific Northwest Goose Management" are designed to assist you in successfully passing the exam by providing information about goose management issues in the region and ways to identify geese while hunting. Follow these steps:

1. Review

  • An enhanced guide to Canada goose identification in the Pacific Northwest is also available on the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (ODFW) website.
  • View the video below. The video is available for purchase through Videoland Productions, Inc., 805 College Street SE, Lacey, WA 98503 (see the website or call 360-491-1332).

    IMPORTANT NOTICE
    Dusky Canada goose season is closed in Goose Management Area 2 during October March. If a hunter takes a dusky Canada goose, or does not comply with field check requirements, the authorization will be invalidated and the hunter will not be able to hunt geese in Goose Management Area 2 for the rest of the season. It is unlawful to fail to comply with all provisions listed above for Goose Management Area 2.

Pacific Northwest Goose Management Video
This video is designed to assist you in successfully passing the Canada goose exam for Oregon or Washington by providing information about goose management issues in the region and ways to identify geese while hunting.


2. Take the Examination
Once you have reviewed and understand these materials, you will be ready to take the examination by either:

  • Scheduling a test at WDFW offices by appointment only (call for your local office for the schedule).
  • Hunters who fail a test must wait 28 days before retesting, and will not be issued a reciprocal authorization until that time.
     

3. After Passing the Test

  • Once you pass (you have up to three attempts per calendar year), a goose hunting permit will be issued to you.