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Illinois hunting and fishing

Hunters need to know which goose species are in season. A greater white-fronted goose flies with a Canada goose. Photos by Chris Young.

Waterfowl hunters should double-check season dates

November 24, 2011 at 09:57 PM

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Waterfowl season reminders from Ray Marshalla, state waterfowl biologist with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources:

Waterfowl hunters are urged to review season dates for the variety of waterfowl they hunt to be sure what species are open before they go hunting. 

Caution is urged regarding the split goose seasons when many seasons are closed for several days. 

Even if you do not usually hunt or see species such as white-fronted geese (hunters call them specs or speckle-bellies) be aware when the season is open just in case you suddenly see them and are faced with a quick decision.


South Zone —Duck and Canada goose seasons open on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day).  Duck closes Jan. 22.

Canada goose is open only through Sunday, Nov. 27 and then closes for 3 days (Nov. 28-30) until it reopens on Dec. 1 and ends Jan. 31. 

White-fronted goose and snow goose opens on Nov. 24 and both run continuously through Jan. 31. 

Snow goose Conservation Order season is Feb. 1 - March 31. 

 

South Central Zone - Duck season closes Jan. 10. 

Canada goose season runs through Nov. 27 and then closes Nov. 28 - Dec. 12.  Canada goose reopens on Dec. 13 and runs through Jan. 31. 

White-fronted goose season runs through Nov. 27 and then closes Nov. 28 - Dec. 4.  White-fronted goose season reopens on Dec. 5 and runs through Jan. 31.  Snow goose season runs continuously through Jan. 31.  It then reopens for the Conservation Order season on Feb. 1 - March 31.


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Canada geese turn into the wind as they prepare to land.


Central Zone  - Duck season closes Dec. 20. 

Canada goose season reopens on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day) and runs through Jan. 31.

White-fronted goose and snow goose seasons remain open through Jan. 31.

Snow goose Conservation Order season is Feb. 1 - March 31. 

 

North Zone - Duck season closes Dec. 13.

Canada goose, white-fronted goose and snow goose seasons close Jan. 7.

Snow goose Conservation Order season is Jan. 8 - March 31. 


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Hunters can pursue snow geese through March 31.

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