Can we use electronic calls for spring snow geese?


Currently, no.  Electronic calls can be used during the Conservation Order seasons in the mid-continent portion of North America.  The Conservation Order seasons were a result of extensive habitat damage caused by overabundant snow geese, and were only allowed through an act of Congress.  Currently, there is no Conservation Order season on white geese (snow and Ross’s) in Idaho.
The snow geese that pass through Idaho nest in the Western Arctic; primarily on Banks Island, Northwest Territories and the North Slope of Alaska. Habitat damage from snow geese that nest in the Western Arctic has not been documented. That being said, the population growth by this breeding population is similar to that displayed by the birds that nest in the mid-continent. As the Pacific Flyway Council revises its management plan for lesser snow geese, Conservation Order seasons may be considered in the future.

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Friday, February 24, 2012 - 10:35 AM MST