For: Canada (dark) geese except brant.
Area(s): In six zones around the state. Goose Management Area 1 (including Skagit County), 2A (Cowlitz, Wahkiakum, Cowlitz and Clark counties), 2B (Pacific County) and 3 (including Whatcom County) are in West-ern Washington. GMAs 4 and 5 are east of the Cascades.
First opening: Sept. 1 in GMA 2B (Pacific County). All others open Sept. 8.
Special Rules: Non-toxic shot use is always required when hunting any waterfowl anywhere in the United States.
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Highlights: Many Canada geese in Northwest Washington are year-round residents. The influx of migratory honkers east of the Cascades begins in mid-November.
Closed Areas: Some state and federal waterfowl reserves, federal, state and county parklands, incorpo-rated areas (cities and towns) and Indian reservations.
Don’t shoot: Aleutian Canada geese, they are federally protected.
Limits: Vary by goose management area. In Pacific County, five dark or Canada geese a day with 10 in possession. In Whatcom County, its four a day and eight in possession.
Licenses and Tags: 2007 Washington small game (up to $32.85 for resident, fee is reduced to $17. 52 if you have a valid big game license) hunting license. And state and federal migratory bird (waterfowl) stamps.
Weaponry: Any legal modern or muzzleloader shotgun.
Hunt ends: Sept. 9, 13 or 15 depending on the GMA.
After the hunt: No post-season report needed. Voluntary harvest survey report is available. In the regulations: Migratory Waterfowl and Upland Game Seasons 2007-08 pamphlet, summary pages 10, 11 and 12.