The Oklahoma Wildlife Conservation Commission approved the season dates for the 2013-14 waterfowl seasons on Monday, and the most significant change from last season is the increase in the daily limits for geese.
The daily limit for Canada geese has increased from three to eight. The daily limit for light geese has increased from 20 to 50.
Josh Richardson, migratory game bird biologist for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, hopes the increased bag limits will entice more people to hunt geese, whose populations continue to grow.
“Hopefully, having eight birds (as the daily limit for Canada geese) will get some folks back into the sport,” Richardson said.
Geese continue to cause depredation and nuisance problems in the state, he said.
“We are trying to increase the harvest,” he said.
Light geese are extremely overpopulated, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Canada geese are trending in that direction, Richardson said. The population of Canada geese has been growing each year for the last 15 to 20 years, he said.
For duck hunters, the daily limit during the September teal season has increased from four to six birds. The limit of scaups during the duck seasons has been reduced from six to three birds daily. The daily limit for canvasbacks has increased from one to two.