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Goose season opens

Residents living along the New River may be noticing gunfire in the area this month, but officials advise the shots are probably the result of the September resident Canada goose hunting season.
Rolland Cox said Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving a significant number of calls concerning gunfire in areas near the river since goose season started Monday. According to Cox, a conservation officer with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, citizens living near waterways should not be concerned by the shots during the next 22 days since they are most likely from waterfowl hunters.
Goose season runs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 25 statewide. Hunting hours, west of Interstate 95, are from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.
Bag limits are 10 per day, or 20 in your possession, according to the DGIF web site.
The use of electronic calls or unplugged shotguns are illegal for hunting geese during the September season.
The Canada goose population has declined about 10 percent annually since its peak of about 265,000 in the late 1990’s. Current population estimates are about 157,560.
The September season was initiated in 1993 to help manage the resident Canada goose population.
In order to hunt geese during September, Virginia residents are required to have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number for the 2008-2009 season, and to purchase a federal migratory duck stamp and a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp.
The HIP number is a hunter’s proof that he or she is registered with Virginia’s program this year and must be available for inspection by law enforcement officials, both state and federal.
Last hunting season, 47,981 people obtained HIP numbers.
Participation in HIP is not an option. Participation benefits the future of migratory game bird hunting since questions asked during registration are used to identify the types of birds a hunter usually hunts. Follow-up surveys are used to develop nationwide harvest estimates.
The federal migratory duck stamp helps preserve wetlands, which are the home of one-third of the nation’s threatened species.
Of every dollar spent on the stamps, 98 cents goes to the purchase of wetlands.
The Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is required by all hunters who are not license exempt and who intend to hunt migratory waterfowl in the commonwealth.
Funds from their sale go into a special stamp fund and are used by DGIF for cooperative waterfowl habitat improvements and for preservation, protection, restoration, enhancement and development of waterfowl habitats.
For more hunting information, visit www.dgif.virginia.gov.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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Goose season opens

Residents living along the New River may be noticing gunfire in the area this month, but officials advise the shots are probably the result of the September resident Canada goose hunting season.
Rolland Cox said Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office has been receiving a significant number of calls concerning gunfire in areas near the river since goose season started Monday. According to Cox, a conservation officer with Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, citizens living near waterways should not be concerned by the shots during the next 22 days since they are most likely from waterfowl hunters.
Goose season runs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 25 statewide. Hunting hours, west of Interstate 95, are from a half hour before sunrise to a half hour after sunset.
Bag limits are 10 per day, or 20 in your possession, according to the DGIF web site.
The use of electronic calls or unplugged shotguns are illegal for hunting geese during the September season.
The Canada goose population has declined about 10 percent annually since its peak of about 265,000 in the late 1990’s. Current population estimates are about 157,560.
The September season was initiated in 1993 to help manage the resident Canada goose population.
In order to hunt geese during September, Virginia residents are required to have a Harvest Information Program (HIP) number for the 2008-2009 season, and to purchase a federal migratory duck stamp and a Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp.
The HIP number is a hunter’s proof that he or she is registered with Virginia’s program this year and must be available for inspection by law enforcement officials, both state and federal.
Last hunting season, 47,981 people obtained HIP numbers.
Participation in HIP is not an option. Participation benefits the future of migratory game bird hunting since questions asked during registration are used to identify the types of birds a hunter usually hunts. Follow-up surveys are used to develop nationwide harvest estimates.
The federal migratory duck stamp helps preserve wetlands, which are the home of one-third of the nation’s threatened species.
Of every dollar spent on the stamps, 98 cents goes to the purchase of wetlands.
The Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is required by all hunters who are not license exempt and who intend to hunt migratory waterfowl in the commonwealth.
Funds from their sale go into a special stamp fund and are used by DGIF for cooperative waterfowl habitat improvements and for preservation, protection, restoration, enhancement and development of waterfowl habitats.
For more hunting information, visit www.dgif.virginia.gov.
You may contact Melinda Williams at melinda@southwesttimes.com

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