Ohio Wildlife Council approved a 60% hike in Canada goose bag limits during its regularly scheduled meeting April 7, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. The combined number of Canada geese and white-fronted geese that may be harvested daily during the waterfowl hunting season has been increased from three to five across all waterfowl hunting zones. A limit of one brant does not change. A change from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service allows for this increase throughout the Mississippi Flyway, which includes Ohio and other Midwest states. During Ohio’s goose hunting season, Canada geese are most harvested, while white-fronted geese and brant are less common. The new limit aims to allow additional harvest of abundant, resident Canada geese, and is based on research that shows limited impact to the migratory subspecies. Hunter preference surveys support the increased bag limit also.
VETERANS, KIDS MAY NOW HUNT ‘YOUTH DAY’
A notable update permits active military and veterans to hunt alongside a youth hunter during the special youth, active military, and veterans waterfowl hunting weekend. Previously, a youth hunter was required to hunt with a nonhunting adult, and this change allows eligible participants to hunt together.