The California Fish and Game Commission has approved a split season for large Canada geese in California for the 2010-2011 season.
The hunting season for those geese, except for the North Coast Special Management Area, will be open from Oct. 2 to Oct. 6 and then again with the general waterfowl season from Oct. 23 through Jan. 30, 2011. That includes all of Central California and many counties in the north state.
The addition of the earlier season means goose hunters will have the maximum number of hunting days permissible under federal law. It's intended to increase the harvest of large Canada geese in portions of their range in California. The geese, also known as "honkers," have spread throughout much of the state in response to new habitats created by people. In many of these areas, the birds are overabundant and have become a nuisance.
Hunters must be in possession of a valid hunting license, both state and federal duck stamps and a free harvest information program stamp. Only nontoxic shot can be used, and hunters are required to leave a fully feathered wing or the head attached to geese when transporting them. The daily bag limit is six birds, and the possession limit is 12.
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For more information on the hunting season, go to http://dfg.ca.gov.
-- Carol Reiter