Hunters have the opportunity to pursue snow geese this spring as a result of a special management action referred to as a “Conservation Order” allowed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and adopted by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board.
The Vermont 2011 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order will occur statewide from March 11 through April 22. The daily bag limit is 15 snow geese, and there is no possession limit. Waterfowl hunting regulations in effect last fall will apply during the 2011 Spring Snow Goose Conservation Order with the exception that unplugged shotguns and electronic calls may be used, and shooting hours will be extended until ½ hour after sunset.
A 2011 Spring Snow Goose Harvest Permit is required and is available at no charge. Click here to register for a permit. Hunters may also call the Essex Junction Office (802-878-1564) to request a permit.
In addition to this permit, hunters will need a 2011 Vermont hunting license (residents $22, nonresidents $50), 2011 Harvest Information Program (HIP) certification, a 2010 federal migratory hunting stamp ($15), and either a 2010 or 2011 Vermont migratory waterfowl stamp ($7.50). Hunters can register with the Harvest Information Program by going to the department website mentioned above or calling toll free 1-877-306-7091 during normal business hours.
Hunters who obtain a permit will be required to complete an online survey after April 22 whether they hunted or not. Hunters without access to the internet may obtain a copy of the survey by calling 802-878-1564.http://www.vtfishandwildlife.com/Snowgoose_Harvest.cfm