Register now for the Greater Snow Goose fall hunt
QUÉBEC, March 24, 2016 /CNW/ - Do you want to hunt the Greater Snow Goose in a stunning environment under unique conditions? Environment and Climate Change Canada wishes to inform hunters that they can register for a random draw to hunt Greater Snow Geese next fall at the Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area. The hunt will take place from September 29 to October 22, 2016, and entry forms for the random draw must be received by our office no later than April 30, 2016.
Whether you are an experienced hunter or a novice, this proposed special experience in the national wildlife area will leave you with indelible memories. Between 1972 and 2015, at least 30,000 hunters had the opportunity to hunt some 100,000 geese in the Cap Tourmente area. You too can be part of this tradition handed down from generation to generation.
"Inaugurated in 1972, the controlled hunt program for the Greater Snow Goose helps keep the population at optimal levels, provides for the conservation of its habitats and ensures the sound management of the species while optimizing the socio‑economic benefits of geese in the region. That is the sustainable management challenge that we are trying to meet."
– The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change
- Entry forms for the draw can be downloaded from the Environment and Climate Change Canada website under the Highlights menu in the Nature section. Registration details can also be found on the website, and additional information can be obtained by calling 418‑827‑3776, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or by sending an email to [email protected].
- The winning hunters will be contacted by telephone in mid‑May in the order in which their names were drawn.
- Since 1965, the Canadian Wildlife Service has conducted an aerial inventory of the Greater Snow Goose population during their spring migratory stopover in southern Quebec. For 2015, the preliminary estimates for the Greater Snow Goose indicate a population of 818 000 (± 61 000) geese.
- The Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is situated on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, 50 km east of the city of Québec. It is one of 54 national wildlife areas across Canada dedicated to conserving significant habitats for wildlife species, including species at risk.
SOURCE Environment and Climate Change Canada
For further information: Caitlin Workman, Press Secretary, Office of the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 819-938-9436; Media Relations, Environment and Climate Change Canada, 819-938-3338