600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091
August 14, 1997
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408
State adds September goose season; shortens SW Washington September hunt
OLYMPIA-- A new Canada goose hunting season has been scheduled across
the state from Sept. 6 through 12.
To accommodate the new season and comply with federal limits on the number
of hunting days, the September Canada goose hunting season has been shortened by
eight days in southwest Washington, including Clark, Cowlitz, Pacific, and Wahkiakum
Formerly the southwest Washington goose season was Sept. 1 to 15.
The season was shortened to allow additional days for late Canada goose
hunting in southwest Washington to help landowners control damage from increasing
numbers of geese in the area.
Under federal guidelines, the state can set goose hunting seasons for a
maximum of 107 days between Sept. 1 and March 10. A total of 100 days were
allocated to the November to March season, leaving seven days for the September
The statewide September goose season was approved last December by the
Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. The shortened southwest Washington
September season was approved by the commission earlier this month.
No special permits are required for the statewide September goose hunt, other
than a hunting license, and state and federal duck stamps. Shooting hours on Sept. 6
and 7 are from 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. in western Washington and from 5:50 a.m. to 7:30
p.m. in eastern Washington. On Sept. 8 through 12 shooting hours are from 6:10 a.m.
to 7:30 p.m. in western Washington and from 6 a.m. to 7:20 p.m. in eastern