PA State Parks Open For Early Goose Hunting
Wednesday August 17, 1:48 pm ET
HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania state parks again will allow Canadian goose hunting during the state's early season beginning next month, according to the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR).
The statewide season, designed to reduce local nuisance geese populations, runs Thursday, Sept. 1, through Saturday, Sept. 24.
Hunters should contact individual park offices for details, and be aware that some parks are closed to hunting. Also, with the early-season starting date falling just before the busy Labor Day holiday, some parks will not allow hunting until Sept. 6, the day after Labor Day.
Geese may be hunted during the early season at all state parks with designated hunting areas. No early goose season hunting will take place in a portion of Crawford County that includes Pymatuning State Park.
Non-migratory Canadian goose populations have increased drastically in recent years, causing crop damage and nuisance problems in residential neighborhoods. Park visitors often complain about goose excrement on state park beaches and other facilities, and water quality at some state parks has been adversely impacted.
Resident Canadian geese have been among the suspected cause of high fecal coliform counts at some Pennsylvania state park beaches, forcing swimming restrictions during peak usage periods. This summer, 12 state park lake swimming beaches were temporarily closed because of high bacterial counts.
Many state parks have taken measures, including anti-goose fencing and the use of loud noisemakers, in an attempt to deter the waterfowl, or scare them away.
The Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service again have authorized the early goose hunt. Sunday hunting is not permitted in Pennsylvania.
A statewide 8-goose daily bag limit, and a 16-bird possession limit will be in effect.
All Game Commission rules and regulations governing the early Canadian goose season will apply at state parks. Additional details can be obtained from the PGC by writing to 2001 Elmerton Ave., Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797, or by calling (717) 787-4250.
People with disabilities wanting to hunt geese in the early season should contact specific state parks for further information. Park phone numbers can be obtained by calling 1-888-PA-PARKS, or visiting the DCNR Web site at http://www.dcnr.state.pa.us (select State Parks).
Sportsmen's groups interested in volunteering for waterfowl habitat improvements and other projects in state parks should contact their local park manager.
CONTACT: Terry Brady
Source: Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources