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The early Canada goose hunting season dates are September 2 – September 25, 2003 with a 5 bird daily bag. Hunting hours begin one half hour before sunrise to sunset. “Data collected from agency goose banding activities this summer indicate the early goose hunting seasons have kept populations stable in the central and western parts of the state,” commented MassWildlife’s Waterfowl Project Leader H Heusmann. “In the eastern part of the state where there are more restrictions on hunting activities, goose flocks are large and growing. “ He also noted that the spring rains and cold temperatures of this spring resulted in late, staggered hatches of geese and other species of ducks. Waterfowlers are reminded that state and federal waterfowl stamps are required for hunting waterfowl. Hunters planning to hunt ducks, geese, woodcock and other migratory birds must also be registered with the Harvest Information Program (HIP) after purchasing a hunting license. This free registration number may be obtained by calling 1-800-WETLAND.

For more information contact H. Heusmann at 508/792-7270 x122.



Agency and Program Public Information Contacts:

Division of Fisheries and Wildlife topics, contact MassWildlife at  
Division of Law Enforcement topics, contact Andy Petrie at
Division of Marine Fisheries topics, contact Dan McKiernan at
Riverways Program topics, contact Russ Cohen at
DFWELE GIS Program topics, contact Steve McRae at



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