Permit/Licensing: A Spring Light Goose Permit (or License Code # 521) is required and may be obtained through any of the 1800 ELS Point of Sale (POS) license agents statewide, or the ELS-Telephone and ELS-Internet agent. To obtain a permit via telephone, call toll free 1-888-MNLICENse (1-888-665-4236) or online at mndnr.gov/buyalicense. Customers using the telephone will receive a Temporary Authorization Number (TAN) in lieu of the permit until it can be mailed to the applicant. Customers using the Internet will be able to print their own permit when completing the transaction and will not receive a permit by mail. Although the permits are free there is a $2.50 application fee to cover the cost of issuing the permit. No other license, stamp, or permit is required to participate.
Species Permitted: Light geese include lesser snow geese (Anser caeruleescens caerulescens) and Ross’ geese (Anser rossii). Blue geese are the same species as lesser snow geese and may be taken. No other species of waterfowl may be taken.
Do not shoot swans. All swans are protected in Minnesota and penalties for shooting a swan can be severe. Be sure of your target. In previous years, the majority of light geese passing through Minnesota in the spring have occurred in southwestern and west-central Minnesota, generally west of a line extending from Mankato to Fergus Falls. Swans may be found statewide in the spring, and you should become familiar with this identification advice prior to heading out in the field. There is no excuse for mistaking a swan for a goose!
Dates and Shooting Hours: Light geese may be taken during 1 March - 30 April 2014 from ½ hour before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset (Note: Shooting hours during the fall waterfowl seasons end at sunset each day).
Bag Limit: There are no daily or possession bag limits. One fully feathered wing must remain attached to all light geese while being transported from the field to one’s home.
Regulations: All State and Federal restrictions that apply during normal waterfowl hunting seasons are also in effect during the Conservation Order except that use of unplugged shotguns and electronic calls is allowed. Details of State and Federal restrictions can be found in the 2013 Minnesota Waterfowl Hunting Regulations Supplement. Some key points:
Trespass: State trespass regulations apply during the Conservation Order.
Reporting: All participants will be mailed a questionnaire after the end of the Conservation Order.