Snow geese in crosshairs

Last Updated: 6:18 AM, August 29, 2010

Predictions for New York's waterfowl season have been promising, but none more than for those hunting the snow goose.

A special spring season for snow geese will continue for the third year in all of upstate New York. These birds have become so abundant that they are causing harm to wetland habitats throughout their range. Special spring seasons have been established in many Eastern states and provinces to help reduce this population. The daily limit for snow geese was increased this year to 25 per day.

If you are hunting ducks or geese this season, you must have a 2010 federal duck stamp in your possession. A duck stamp costs $15 and is available at most post offices and some sporting goods stores. They also are available by calling (800) 852-4897 or on the Web at Stamps must be signed across the face before they become valid, but they do not have to be attached to the hunting license.

All migratory game bird (waterfowl, woodcock, snipe, rails and gallinules) hunters, including junior hunters (ages 12-15), must register with New York's Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP).

HIP registrations are valid from July 1 through June 30 annually (the same as federal duck stamps), so every migratory game bird hunter needs to register in HIP before hunting on or after Sept. 1. You must register every year and for each state in which you plan to hunt migratory game birds, and also must carry proof of compliance whenever hunting.

To register in HIP go to or call (888) 427-5447.

In the tradition of a classic driven pheasant shoot, similar to those held on private estates in England, Scotland and Spain, the Ruffed Grouse Society (RGS) is sponsoring a driven pheasant and mallard shoot at the Pawling Mountain Club (PMC), Pawling, N.Y. on Sept. 25.

The all-inclusive shoot is limited to 18 guns, which will alternate between ring-neck pheasants and mallards during the morning and afternoon sessions.

Registration for this more than 1,000-bird event is $2,500 per gun, and is on a first-come basis. Proceeds from this event will be used to restore and protect grouse and American woodcock habitat

For more info and/or registration contact Julie Caugherty-Krieger at (412) 203-4120, or (888) 564-6747, or e-mail: