Goose Hunting Seasons Finalized in South Dakota

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Goose Hunting Seasons Finalized in South DakotaFORT SISSETON HISTORIC STATE PARK, S.D.—The S.D. Game, Fish and Parks Commission finalized the state goose hunting seasons at its August meeting amid reports that goose populations remain robust.

“There will be a strong population of migrant birds,” Wildlife Division Assistant Director George Vandel  told commissioners. “Snow geese numbers should still be quite good as well.”

With geese arriving on the Missouri River later each year, the start of the 2008 season will begin on Nov. 1 in Unit 2. That unit is largely those counties along the Missouri River and portions of Custer and Fall River Counties. In order to take advantage of later-arriving geese, hunters in Perkins County have asked that their county also be included in Unit 2.

The goose hunting season dates include:

Light geese and white-fronted geese, statewide, Sept. 27 through Dec. 21.

Canada geese, Unit 1, Sept. 27 through Dec. 21.

Canada geese, Unit 2, Nov. 1 through Feb. 13, 2009.

Canada geese, Unit 3, Jan. 10-18, 2009.

The daily limit is three Canada geese, 20 light geese and one white-fronted goose. Possession limits are unlimited for light geese which include snows, blues and Ross’ geese and twice the daily limit for all other geese.