Proposed Changes to Snow Goose Hunting Season
Res #: 6-13A
Responses Received: No
Departments: Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment
WHEREAS there is an overabundance of snow geese resulting in crop damage, swath grazing damage and contamination of water supplies for cattle;
BE IT RESOLVED that SARM lobby the Ministry of Environment along with other agencies to allow the extension of hunting snow geese to include the afternoon as well as extending the season to include September 1st to October 15th at present limits to control and balance the snow goose population in Saskatchewan.
Response from Honourable Ken Cheveldayoff, Minister of Environment:
The ministry will take this proposal forward to seek input from additional stakeholders. All day hunting of geese has been identified to contribute to increased crop damage due to birds' being driven from stubble fields onto un-harvested fields. There is also evidence to suggest there is little increase in harvest as a result of all day hunting because birds become more wary and hunter success is reduced. A decision by the ministry to advance this resolution will depend on the input received from additional stakeholders and will be subject to the regulatory requirements of the federal agency responsible for migratory birds.