September 25, 2020

Illinois May Drop Goose Hunting Quotas

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In a move that is being applauded by goose hunters statewide, Illinois is considering ending its multi-year long quota system for goose hunting. It is hopeful that a plan can be put in place and approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the next season.

The present quota system is set up so that officials predetermine how many geese they will allow to be harvested. When those numbers have been reached, the season is shut down immediately. This of course causes many problems with hunters, some being those who may not have a chance to get out and hunt until later in the season may miss out if quotas are filled. Another difficulty is guides and outfitters trying to schedule hunts not knowing if and when the season may end.

With a new plan, a goose hunting season would be established like the duck season – an opening day and a closing day. Hunters like that idea.

Tom Remington

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