Amend Canada Goose Season

Regulation Number: 
2022-04-07
Status: 
Proposed
Region: 
Region 4 - Kootenay
MU: 
4-3
4-20
4-21
4-22
Regulation Type: 
General Open Season
Species: 
Canada goose
Closing Date: 
January 23, 2022 at midnight
Decision Statement: 

Pending

Current Regulations: 

GEESE: CANADA and CACKLING       4-1 to 4-9, 4-14 to 4-40*        Sept 10- Dec 23

* There is no open season on Canada geese and cackling geese in that portion of MU 4-3, 4-20, 4-21 and 4-22 contained between the east and west banks of the Kootenay River, including all waters, all sand and gravel bars and all islands between the confluence of the Kootenay and Bull Rivers and the Highway No. 95 bridge at Skookumchuck (See Map D3). Hunters, please note that Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area opens to hunting for coots, snipe, ducks and geese on October 1. Access permit is required for hunting activities in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, for more information, phone 250-402-6900 or www.crestonwildlife.ca

Proposed Regulations: 

GEESE: CANADA and CACKLING       4-1 to 4-9, 4-14 to 4-40*        Sept 10- Dec 23

*Hunters, please note that Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area opens to hunting for coots, snipe, ducks and geese on October 1. Access permit is required for hunting activities in the Creston Valley Wildlife Management Area, for more information, phone 250-402-6900 or

Remove the Canada geese closure in MUs 4-3, 4-20, 4-21 and 4-22 contained between the east and west banks of the Kootenay River

Rationale: 

Canada goose populations have increased substantially across the Kootenay Region over the past 3 decades and conflict on private land has also increasing. Canada geese were much less abundant in the 1970s and 1980s, and a hunting closure was established on the Kootenay River to protect migratory populations. Removal of this closure is warranted now that goose populations have increased and should help manage goose populations adjacent to agricultural lands.