The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will continue to implement a Light Goose Conservation Order season which will allow hunters to harvest light geese after the established regular 2010-2011 hunting season. Greater and lesser snow geese and Ross’s geese are collectively referred to as light geese.
The Light Goose Conservation Order season will run from January 31 to April 16, 2011. Special hunting methods allowed during Conservation Order season include unplugged shotguns, electronic calls of light geese, and extended shooting hours (1/2 hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset).
Waterfowl hunters participating in the Conservation Order season must possess a permit. The permit, referred to as the Snow Goose Conservation Order Hunting Season permit, can be obtained from any DNR Sport license agent, DNR online licensing, DNR Licensing and Registration Service Center or by phone (1-800-918-2870) for a $5 fee. Hunters are required to keep the permit receipt in their possession while hunting light geese during the Conservation Order season.
Participants will also be required to possess a valid Maryland hunting license (resident Delaware licenses are also acceptable) and a 2010- 2011 Maryland Migratory Game Bird Hunting Stamp. Possession of a federal duck stamp is not required during the Conservation Order season.
A Conservation Order is a special management action authorized by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act that is used to control wildlife populations when traditional management programs are unsuccessful in preventing overabundance. This action is granted under the authority of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
Light Goose Conservation Order Season Zone:
Anne Arundel, Calvert, Caroline, Cecil, Baltimore, Dorchester, Harford, Howard, Kent, Queen Anne’s, Somerset, St. Mary’s, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties; that portion of Carroll County east of Route 31 to the intersection of Route 97, and east of Route 97 to the Pennsylvania line; that portion of Prince Georges County east of Routes 3 and 301: and that portion of Charles County east of Route 301 to the Virginia line