Light geese aren't only a nuisance to Arkansas farmers. They have become so abundant, they are destroying their nesting grounds in the Arctic Tundra. Not only are the geese eating themselves out of house and home, they're destroying critical habitat for other species that share the Tundra. Biologists can conduct eradication efforts to balance the population, but do so only as a last resort. Increased hunting opportunity is the first wildlife management tool biologists turn to, because it costs very little to implement and is much more socially accepted than other population control measures.
Regulations for the Order
The conservation order is designed so hunters can reduce snow, blue and Ross' goose numbers through increased harvest. Because of the extreme need for more harvest, many waterfowl hunting regulations are relaxed during the order:
- Hunting is allowed from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.
- There is no daily bag limit or possession limit.
- Hunters may use unplugged shotguns.
- Hunters may use electronic calls.
- No federal or state waterfowl stamps are required to hunt during the conservation order.
- Hunters must have a valid hunting license, but it may be from any state.
- All hunters participating in the conservation order must get a free registration permit number. After Dec. 1, 2012,