Spring Migration

Goose hunters don’t have to give up just because the snow is gone. Every year, during the spring, eastern South Dakota’s skies fill with thousands of snow geese. February 13 through May 2 is the official season for hunting snow geese, blue geese, and Ross’, officially known as the Spring Light Goose Season.

On their way back from a Mexican vacation, the geese are headed to the arctic where they will mate and raise future generations. Once almost extinct, the snow goose has made a remarkable recovery, garnering a daily limit of 20, with no possession limit.

Residents of South Dakota will need an annual small game, 1-day small game, youth small game, combination, or junior combination license and Migratory Bird Certification stamp to hunt light geese. Residents who are at least 12 years old may buy licenses and hunt light geese. Hunters ages 12 through 15 will need a Hunter Safety Card.

Nonresident light goose licenses can be purchased online with a credit card or over the counter at license agents throughout South Dakota. The adult license costs $45 and is valid for the entire conservation order. Youth licenses (ages 12-15) cost $25. No other license or stamp is required.

For more information on this season you may call the Snow Goose Hotline at 605-885-6401.


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