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

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October 30, 2001
Contact: Don Kraege, (360) 902-2522

Changes in goose seasons include extra hunting day each week in two areas

OLYMPIA The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) today announced several changes in upcoming goose-hunting seasons, including the addition of one extra day of hunting per week in two areas of southwest Washington.

Don Kraege, WDFW waterfowl manager, said the extra hunting days in Goose Management Areas 2A and 2B were made possible by congressional approval of extra funding for hunting check stations, which are required when holding goose hunts in areas with dusky geese.

"We're pleased that Congress has recognized the value of renewing federal support for our check stations," Kraege said. "The extra hunting days we have been able to add to the season not only benefit hunters but also benefit property owners whose fields are subject to depredation by geese."

Kraege noted that WDFW would have added even more hunting days but for anticipated reductions in state funds.

Goose Management Area 2A includes Clark, Cowlitz and Wahkiakum counties. Goose Management Area 2B includes Grays Harbor and Pacific counties.

Changes in hunting seasons for those areas, as well as a change in the brant-hunting season in Goose Management Area 4, are summarized below.

  • The goose hunting season in Goose Management Area 2A will begin Nov. 21, one day earlier than the date listed in WDFW's 2001-2002 Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Season pamphlet. The next hunting day will be Nov. 24, as noted in the pamphlet.

  • Tuesdays have been added to the days each week that hunters will be allowed to take geese in area 2A for the remainder of the season, which runs from Nov. 26 through Jan. 13 with the exception of Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Hunting will now be allowed from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, except on the holidays noted.

  • Tuesdays have been added to the days each week that hunters can take geese in Goose Management Area 2B. Goose hunting will be allowed in that area from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from Nov. 10 through Dec. 30, except on Dec. 25.

  • Brant hunting will be open in Skagit and Pacific counties on the following dates: Nov. 17, 18, 20, 22 and 23. Originally, the five open days were strung out over a longer period of time, but had to be compressed to comply with federal law, Kraege said.