Snow and Ross's Goose Spring Hunt

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Alberta’s Spring Snow and Ross’s Goose Hunting Season

In 2015, Environment Canada permitted Alberta to have a snow and Ross’s goose spring conservation order (hunting season). This hunting season runs annually from March 15 to June 15.

Those who have hunted snow and Ross’s geese in the spring will confirm that this is the best time of year to target these birds. Their gregarious nature and spring feeding intensity make them easier to decoy, and you will be pleasantly surprised at how fat they are just before heading north to their nesting grounds.

As in fall, a daily bag limit of 50 (lesser snow or Ross’s geese, combined) will apply, with no possession limit.

Please note that as in fall, recorded snow goose calls may be used. All other hunting regulations need to be followed (firearm plugged to accept no more than 3 shots, hunting times between ½ before sunrise to ½ hour after sunset, trespass laws, etc..)

If considering this opportunity, please remember to purchase a 2019-2020 Alberta Game Bird Hunting Permit, available March 14, 2019. Your 2018-2019 Alberta Game bird permit will expire March 31, 2019.

Additionally, keep your 2018-2019 federal Migratory Hunting Permits, which are valid until July 31, 2019.

Updated: Mar 5, 2019