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.
Conservation Order Regulations
Feb. 1-3, 2023
Feb. 5-April 25, 2023
The conservation order is designed so hunters can reduce Snow, Blue and Ross's goose numbers through increased harvest. Because of the extreme need for more harvest, many waterfowl hunting regulations are relaxed during the order:
- Hunters must call 800-364-4263 (GAME) or click on the permit link on this page to receive a free snow goose registration permit (excludes youths 15 and younger).
- There is no bag limit or possession limit.
- Hunters may use electronic calls.
- Hunters may use unplugged shotguns.
- Hunters do not need a Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, Arkansas Waterfowl Stamp or HIP registration, but must have a valid hunting license from any state (excludes youths 15 and younger).
- Shooting hours are from 30 minutes before sunrise until 30 minutes after sunset.