West Virginia’s 2013–2014 waterfowl seasons will begin statewide on Sept. 2 with the opening of the early Canada goose season, according to Curtis I. Taylor, chief of the Division of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Section. The early season will end on Sept. 14.
The season will also be open Oct. 1–26, Nov. 11–16, and Dec. 16–Jan. 31.
Shooting hours are one-half hour before sunrise until sunset. All other general waterfowl hunting regulations apply to the September season. Hunters must possess a federal waterfowl stamp and a free Migratory Bird Harvest Information Program (HIP) registration card in addition to their regular hunting license. HIP cards are free and available from DNR offices and all hunting license agents.
Hunters should also seek out hunting opportunities near towns, golf courses and similar areas that may wish to have local goose populations reduced. Regular scouting, not only before the season but also during the season, is important because geese are very mobile and will move to isolated areas to avoid hunting pressure.
Waterfowl hunters are reminded of two important toll-free numbers.
Federal waterfowl stamps may be purchased with a credit card by calling 1-800-782-6724. Also, hunters who harvest a banded bird may call 1-800-327-2263 to report the bird and find out when and where it was banded. Banded birds may also be reported online at www.reportband.gov.
West Virginia’s 2013-2014 migratory bird hunting regulations brochure will be available at license agents, game check stations and DNR offices in late August, and are available online now at www.wvdnr.gov.