As spring warms up, goose migration is just around the corner and with it, the spring 2017 conservation harvest season. You can find up-to-date information in this poster for the 2017 spring snow and Ross's goose hunt, and in the summary of 2016-2017 migratory hunting regulations for the Northwest Territories.
As in spring 2016, it is legal for non-beneficiaries to hunt these two overabundant species as per the dates, areas and bag limits outlined in the attached poster and regulations. New this year is the opportunity for non-beneficiaries to apply for a permit to hunt in Migratory Birds Sanctuaries.
Note that these regulations do not affect aboriginal hunters.
Here’s some information on these geese.
Photo: Landing Snow Goose. (Manjithkaini / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Photo: Ross's goose on wintering grounds in California. (Michael L. Baird / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY 2.0)
Photo: Snow Goose Close-up (Gurch / Wikimedia Commons (CC BY-SA 3.0) The snow goose has a larger bill than a Ross's goose has and without the greenish base. It also has a black grin patch along the edge of its billl. (black "lips").