Snow Goose Permits Good Until 6/30/01

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Migratory bird permits valid through June
Hunters who already have 2000 Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permits can hunt snow geese through the end of the federal conservation order.

JEFFERSON CITY -- Missourians who want to hunt blue, snow and Ross' geese during the ongoing federal conservation order need just one permit, and it can be last year's.

Federal officials approved a "light goose" conservation order for the third year in a row this year. The conservation order allows taking of blue, snow and Ross' geese through April 30. The action is designed to encourage hunters to kill as many of the geese as possible. The goal is to stop ecological damage due to goose overpopulation on their nesting grounds around Hudson's Bay in Canada.

To take part in the conservation action, hunters need only a Missouri Migratory Bird Hunting Permit. Small game hunting permits and federal waterfowl conservation stamps aren't necessary.

Furthermore, hunters don't have to buy a new permit to hunt after March 1, when most Missouri hunting permits expire. The 2000 migratory bird hunting permit remains valid through June 30.

There is no daily or bag limit on light geese during the conservation order. Unplugged shotguns and electronic calls are legal for light goose hunting during the conservation order, too.

To help hunters locate snow goose concentrations, the Missouri Department of Conservation provides weekly snow goose reports at www.conservation.state.mo.us/hunt/wtrfowl/weekly-snow/
 

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