WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF FISH AND WILDLIFE
NEWS RELEASE
600 Capitol Way North, Olympia, WA 98501-1091

August 14, 1997
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

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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 counties.

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 hunt.

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 Washington.