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Millions of geese enter Kansas during winter months, and now is the time to hunt these
impressive waterfowl. Three kinds of geese may be found together: Canada geese, the most
familiar, white-fronted geese, and snow geese. Geese are social and congregate by family
groups into large flocks that roost on any open water. City environments with their relative
safety often become geese headquarters. Geese are long-lived birds that are smart and hard
to hunt. Scouting is essential to learn where birds are feeding and this may change on a
daily basis. The best advice: hunt where geese want to be.
Most goose hunting takes place on private land, so getting permission is vital.
A successful hunt often requires lots of work. Decoys are set before daylight in hopes of
attracting flying geese. Layout blinds allow camouflaged hunters to hide among the decoys
for close shots. Goose calling is an important art that helps
invite birds to land. Geese are suspicious and will bypass hunting setups where anything
seems out of place. Large powerful birds require nontoxic heavy
shot and many hunters use special shotgun chokes to increase range out to about 50 yards.
All waterfowl hunters must also have state and federal duck stamps in addition to a hunting
license when required by law. When everything comes together, goose hunting
is an unforgettable experience. The beauty of birds setting in against a painted sunrise
keeps hunters coming back again and again. The reward is a tasty meal that is part of
a timeless tradition over Kansas fields and marshes.
Canada and snow goose seasons are open now. Whitefronted goose season opens again February
5th and the season for all dark geese closes February 13th. A special conservation order
allows snow goose hunting to continue through April 30. Consult hunting regulations for
further information. I’m Mike Blair for Kansas Wildlife and Parks.