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November 18, 1998
Contact: Margaret Ainscough, (360) 902-2408

Goose hunting days added in SW Washington

OLYMPIA—Goose hunters in Southwest Washington will have an extra two days a week to pursue their sport when the hunting season opens Nov. 25, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has announced.

Hunting will be allowed in Western Washington Goose Management Area 2 on Mondays and Thursdays, as well as on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays as previously scheduled. The added hunt days remain in effect throughout the season, which ends Jan. 17.

Hunting days were added in an effort to reduce agricultural crop damage by geese. The state recently received $40,000 in federal funds for the damage control effort and that money will pay for staffing hunter check stations and for increased enforcement activities during the hunt season, said Don Kraege, WDFW waterfowl manager.

"We put together a proposal aimed at controlling crop damage, but this change also has the benefit of providing more recreation for hunters in the area," Kraege said.

Goose Management Area 2 includes Cowlitz, Wahkiakum and Pacific counties, as well as a portion of Grays Harbor County south of U.S. Highway 12 and Clark County south of the Washougal River.

For details on the area boundaries and general waterfowl hunting regulations, hunters should check the WDFW 1998-99 Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons pamphlet available at all license dealers and WDFW headquarters and regional offices.