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WaterfoWl/Migratory gaMe Birds
special snoW goose conservation season
Waterfowl hunters again will have a special opportunity to harvest snow geese in Pennsylvania in the spring. The U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service has approved a Conservation Order for snow geese, which is a special management action authorized by the
federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act to control certain wildlife populations when traditional management programs are unsuccessful
in reducing overabundant wildlife populations. Federal and state regulations have been amended to allow this additional harvest
of snow geese in response to concerns about their growing numbers across North America.
From mid-February to late March, more than 100,000 snow geese may spend time in Pennsylvania, fueling up for their return to the arctic breeding grounds. Peak numbers occur in early March, with major concentration areas located in southeastern
Pennsylvania between the Susquehanna and Delaware rivers, and fewer numbers in farmland areas farther north and west.
Under these regulations, hunters who have a general hunting license, Federal Duck Stamp (required for persons 16 and older),
a Pennsylvania Migratory Bird License and a PA snow goose conservation permit, may take snow geese and Ross' geese (a smaller
but nearly identical species) statewide during the conservation hunt (check the website and news releases for exact dates). All
migratory game bird hunting regulations and requirements apply to the taking of snow geese, except that use of recorded or amplified calls or sounds, and decoys powered or operated by batteries or electricity, are both permitted. Hunting hours during the
conservation season are from one half hour before sunrise to one half hour after sunset. Hunters also must report their harvest by
early May to be eligible for future conservation hunts.
Hunters interested in participating in this season must obtain a free permit and harvest report card, which can be obtained
by submitting an online application on the Game Commission's website (www.pgc.state.pa.us). Click on the snow goose icon
on the homepage. Permits and the required report card also can be obtained by calling the Game Commission at the Harrisburg
Headquarters (717-787-4250) and asking for the Bureau of Wildlife Management. Allow at least one week for processing and
mail delivery to obtain a permit by the call-in method.

Mute sWans:

Mute swans are non-native and not protected under state or federal law. Hunters may harvest mute swans and they do not count
as part of the daily bag. Taking mute swans on private property requires landowner permission. Mute swans have an orange bill
with a black fleshy knob on top at the feather line. Mute swans do not feed in fields and are only encountered in wetlands.
Note: Native tundra and trumpeter swans are protected, have a black bill and are commonly found in fields and wetlands.
Sandhill Cranes are likely to be present in certain areas and are protected.

Mute Swan

Trumpeter Swan

Tundra Swan

Woodcock HaBitat regional initiatives
In an effort to halt the population decline of American woodcock, restoration projects have been undertaken
across much of the woodcock's range. The population decline, which has been going on for more than 50 years,
has occurred because the brushy habitat this popular game bird requires has been lost to development or has
grown to become mature forest.
The Wildlife Management Institute is leading the initiative, which includes federal and state conservation
agencies, timber companies, organizations such as the Ruffed Grouse Society and Woodcock Limited of Pennsylvania, and private landowners.
A website, www.timberdoodle.org, covers the restoration plan in detail, along with information on the woodcock's natural history and habitat requirements. Private landowners interested in helping woodcock can learn
about demonstration areas where they can view shrubland habitat and learn how to create, restore and maintain it.

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