New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that Canada goose hunting season opens Saturday, September 1, in most of the state.
Resident geese are those that do not migrate significant distances from northern breeding grounds to more temperate wintering grounds. Based on the growing population and frequency of complaints about geese, DEC biologists have concluded that a more acceptable number of resident geese in New York would be at or below 85,000 birds. The current population estimate is more than 200,000 birds. DEC’s long-term statewide population goal guides management programs and policies, including establishing hunting seasons and bag limits and allowing additional take of geese by permit.
Liberal seasons and bag limits are set to help stabilize resident goose populations. September Canada goose seasons occur in all goose hunting zones with the exception of Western Long Island. All upstate areas open September 1, and run through September 25. Canada goose seasons on Central and Eastern Long Island begin on the Tuesday following the Labor Day holiday (September 4 this year) and run through September 30. On Western Long Island, the season opens on October 13.
The September seasons include liberal bag limits (15 birds/day), extended shooting hours, and other special regulations to maximize hunter success.
Additional details on waterfowl hunting regulations, season dates, hunting area boundaries, and bag limits can be found on DEC’s website at http://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/28888.html.
To participate in the September Canada goose hunting season, hunters must: 1) have a 2018-2019 hunting license; 2) be registered for the 2018-2019 New York Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP); and 3) all hunters 16 years of age or older must have a 2018-2019 federal duck stamp signed across the face of the stamp in ink.
To purchase a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, please visit the local post office or https://store.usps.com/.