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early goose season

Postby wingshooter26 » Thu Aug 07, 2014 10:54 pm

When does it start??
I zoomed all the way in on Google Earth and couldn't even see any ducks....time to find a new spot.
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Re: early goose season

Postby greener » Fri Aug 08, 2014 6:11 am

August 12 – Migratory Gamebird Public Hearing, Newburyport – The Fisheries and Wildlife Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at 3:00 P.M., at the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 6 Plum Island Turnpike, Newburyport, to establish rules and regulations relative to the 2014-2015 migratory gamebird seasons and method of take. A vote on these regulations will immediately follow the hearing. Click here for directions to the Parker River National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Please note that there is no entrance fee for visiting the headquarters and visitor center; a fee is charged only for access to the refuge itself.

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Re: early goose season

Postby 2Firsts » Mon Aug 11, 2014 7:26 am

I'm planning to attend the hearing.
If I go I'll post the opening date tomorrow night.
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Re: early goose season

Postby 2Firsts » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:40 pm

Just left the hearing in Nbpt.
Coastal Early Goose starts Sept. 2.

Coastal Duck begins Oct. 15

Youth hunt is Oct. 4 and Oct. 11.

Not many changes from last year. Youth hunt was one change. Another change was on late season geese. Bag limit on canvasback is one per day, this year.

There was a suggestion to change the dates on Brant, but it was not accepted.

The Mass biologist reported most duck numbers are stable or up, so that is good news.
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Re: early goose season

Postby Baymen Moe » Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:45 pm

Any word on the regualr season goose limit going up to 3? Saw on the Maine forum the feds were pushing it, rumor maybe?
What was the late goose change?
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Re: early goose season

Postby briggsy » Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:27 pm

Do you know the date for central zone?
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Re: early goose season

Postby Baymen Moe » Tue Aug 12, 2014 4:52 pm

Doesn't early goose usually open and close on the same dates state wide? That's what I thought anyway.
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Re: early goose season

Postby briggsy » Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:52 pm

Sorry, meant central zone for ducks....anyone heard?
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Re: early goose season

Postby Baymen Moe » Tue Aug 12, 2014 5:58 pm

briggsy wrote:Sorry, meant central zone for ducks....anyone heard?

Just a guess, but central and Berkshire usually open before coastal. I would guess and hope Columbus day.
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Re: early goose season

Postby briggsy » Tue Aug 12, 2014 6:09 pm

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, just curious if the continued rise in breeding numbers would open it up a day or two earlier
Than normal....either way, gettIng pretty pumped already
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Re: early goose season

Postby 2Firsts » Wed Aug 13, 2014 8:12 am

I'm trying to read my notes from yesterday.
Berkshire zone opens Oct. 13
Central opens Oct. 14
Coastal opens Oct. 15

I didn't write anything down about the late goose change. It had to do with resident geese on the Cape, if I remember correctly, and extending the season there. But don't quote me.

I would think the regs would be online today.

My first time going to one of these hearings. Well worth it.
Glad I went yesterday.
Mass has one of the most senior waterfowl biologist in the country. He started in the early 70's. The guy knows his stuff about ducks.
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