It's open season on snow geese in AR - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

It's open season on snow geese in AR

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Snow geese are a nuisance here in Region 8, and with them arriving every year in such large numbers the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission allows hunters to hunt the geese without a limit. 

Shaun Merrell at Crowley's Ridge Nature Center said Arkansas Game and Fish Commission has done this to help farmers and the geese themselves.

"Arkansas along with some other states has opened up just a pretty liberal season to be able to reduce those numbers, because with that many numbers it's just that they're hurting themselves," Merrell said.

With the population growing, the Game and Fish Commission has made it easy for hunters to get out and bag geese, by making it so hunters only need a free permit that can be printed off the AGFC website and a hunting license.

"No waterfowl stamp, no federal stamp or state stamp that you have to have just that permit that you have to have and a valid hunting license," Merrell said.

There is a good reason why the population needs to go down as well. Merrell said the geese can hurt the agriculture industry.

"They do some much damage to crops and matter of fact, if a flock of geese, if you're looking at 10-thousand birds, 5 to 10-thousand birds that set down on a wheat field," Merrell said. "I mean in a matter of days they can pick clean every bit of the vegetation."

The geese also affect duck hunting, which is another big industry in Region 8.

"If you're in a rice field or a soybean field or something like that a big flock of geese can come in and really virtually just eat up every bit of the food that's out there available for other migratory waterfowl like mallards and pin-tail and different species like that," Merrell said.

The goose hunting season isn't just for snow geese either; it includes ross goose and blue goose as well.  

Merrell said that hunters can use unplugged shotguns and electric calls in their goose hunting. 

Those interested in goose season need to call the AGFC office at (800)364-4263 before hunting as well. The season ends on April 25th, 2015.

  For more information on this years goose season you can access the Arkansas Game and Fish Commissions website here.

Copyright 2015 KAIT. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • Weekend storms leave damage, flooding threat

    Weekend storms leave damage, flooding threat

    Sunday, February 25 2018 10:13 AM EST2018-02-25 15:13:26 GMT
    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:42 PM EST2018-02-25 19:42:18 GMT
    The city of Keiser received damage Saturday night from severe weather that hammered the region. (Source: traviss22 via Twitter)The city of Keiser received damage Saturday night from severe weather that hammered the region. (Source: traviss22 via Twitter)
    The city of Keiser received damage Saturday night from severe weather that hammered the region. (Source: traviss22 via Twitter)The city of Keiser received damage Saturday night from severe weather that hammered the region. (Source: traviss22 via Twitter)

    The severe weather that hammered Northeast Arkansas Saturday had emergency crews out working Sunday to restore power and check on damage in the aftermath of the storms. 

    The severe weather that hammered Northeast Arkansas Saturday had emergency crews out working Sunday to restore power and check on damage in the aftermath of the storms. 

  • 60 buildings damaged and 4 injured in Malden, MO storm

    60 buildings damaged and 4 injured in Malden, MO storm

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:32 PM EST2018-02-25 19:32:02 GMT
    (Source: cNews)(Source: cNews)

     4 people have moderate injuries after a storm blew through Malden on Saturday, February 24.

     4 people have moderate injuries after a storm blew through Malden on Saturday, February 24.

  • Mississippi County hit hard by Saturday night tornado

    Mississippi County hit hard by Saturday night tornado

    Sunday, February 25 2018 2:25 PM EST2018-02-25 19:25:49 GMT
    Several families were displaced from their homes after a confirmed tornado hit Keiser Saturday night. (Source: KAIT photojournalist Laura Gunter via Twitter)Several families were displaced from their homes after a confirmed tornado hit Keiser Saturday night. (Source: KAIT photojournalist Laura Gunter via Twitter)
    Several families were displaced from their homes after a confirmed tornado hit Keiser Saturday night. (Source: KAIT photojournalist Laura Gunter via Twitter)Several families were displaced from their homes after a confirmed tornado hit Keiser Saturday night. (Source: KAIT photojournalist Laura Gunter via Twitter)

    In Mississippi County, Keiser and Osceola are cleaning up after a possible tornado touched down in the town.

    In Mississippi County, Keiser and Osceola are cleaning up after a possible tornado touched down in the town.

Powered by Frankly