[Tweeters] Goose species legal to hunt

Martha Jordan mj.cygnus at gmail.com
Tue Dec 7 13:20:32 PST 2021

Yesterday I had a conversation with WDFW regarding clarification on what
species of geese are legal to hunt in Washington State.
Bottom line: ONLY Canada Geese (not Dusky-closed all season),
Cackling Canada Geese, Snow Geese, Ross Geese, White-fronted Geese, and
Brant. That is it. Emperor Geese are not a legal species, nor is any
other than the ones mentioned above. WDFW clarified the rules for goose
hunting starting in 2018 when they went to a divided bag limit rather than
an aggregate bag: meaning there is a bag limit for *each* species. And the
only species allocated bag limits in WA are the ones that can be legally
hunted. Meaning, all other goose species are illegal. Thus, no Bean or
Emperor geese allowed or any others.
And the fact that goose hunting was closed at the time for Area 1 only adds
to the poaching crime.

Martha Jordan
Everett, WA
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