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Old 03-03-2008, 08:54 PM   #1
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Default How did Iowa Goose Hunters do in 2007/2008?

I read this prognostication, and wondered if the season was all it was promised to be.

Iowa Goose Hunters Could See Record Season
Posted: September 25, 2007

If any group of waterfowl enthusiasts has the right to be happy, Iowa's Canada goose hunters can go to the head of the class. After providing decades of financial and volunteer support involving aggressive wetland restoration and Canada goose recovery programs, those same hunters are currently reaping the benefits of their labors.

According to DNR Waterfowl Biologist, Guy Zenner, Iowa goose hunters have bagged more than 70,000 honkers during each of the past two hunting seasons. The statewide take has established two back to back record goose harvests, and there's no reason to suspect that this year's hunt won't be a replay.

"Although recent duck migrations have been variable and unpredictable, Iowa goose hunting has become something that hunters can depend on," said Zenner.

"Statewide, I'd say that things are looking very good again this fall. There's plenty of water now and most of our river systems, marshes, and other wetland habitats are in really good condition. The annual grain harvest has begun, and farmers are already taking out corn and soybeans in virtually every Iowa county. As migrating geese began arriving from the north, an enticing combination of food [waste grain] and water will make the Iowa landscape extremely attractive," added Zenner.

According to a report released late last summer by the Canadian Fish & Wildlife Service, this year's production of giant Canada geese was very good in southern Manitoba, and nesting success was rated as 'good to excellent' for Canada geese nesting on the remote windswept tundras of the Hudson Bay lowlands.

By contrast, a late [June] snow melt on the northern Arctic's Baffin Island resulted in a reduced hatch of lesser snow geese and a poor hatch of Richardson's [Hutchin's] Canada geese. Snow goose production across the central and western portions of the arctic was 'very good.'

"The production of giant Canada geese [from Iowa] was about average this summer, and we know that overall numbers from most goose populations have increased in Canada," said Zenner. "Whenever the next series of cold snaps hit, we should begin to see new geese arriving from Minnesota and Canada. During the first half of October, we'll also start to see more and more flocks of the smaller, arctic nesting species. From then on, the goose migration will continue for the remainder of the season until everything freezes shut up north.

"Hunters know the flocks are coming. Right now, it's just a question of waiting for cold weather to push the geese south," he said.
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