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When Is Canada Goose Hunting Season?



Canada geese are not only large and talkative birds, but they're also one of the most pursued games in North America. Their fall flight across Canada can be seen from miles away and captures people's attention and imagination like no other event!


The great number that gathers in migration areas makes it easy pickings for any hunter who wants some good meat to cook over winter.


Over time, waterfowl hunters have developed a specialized technique for Canada goose hunting. With the right waterfowl hunting gear, knowledge and grit, you too can hunt these challenging yet delicious creatures.


The Canada goose hunting season is upon us, so here's everything you need to know about Canada goose hunting!

What Do You Need To Hunt Geese In Canada?

Before you dive into Canada goose hunting, you first need to make sure that you have the proper licensing.


To hunt geese in Canada, you need the following:

  • A Valid Migratory Game Bird Hunting Permit

  • A Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp on the permit


This document is obtained through the federal government and is valid across all provinces.


If you're a non-resident traveling to Canada, one of the required forms is the

Non-Resident Firearm Declaration Form.


If you are not sure how to navigate acquiring the necessary licenses, hire a professional waterfowl hunting guide. They have the knowledge you need to make sure your Canada goose hunting experience is safe and legal.


In addition to the proper licensing, you will need the essential waterfowl hunting gear to make your Canada goose hunting experience successful. Check out our Complete Waterfowl Hunting Checklist for more information.


Now that you have the proper paperwork and equipment squared away, it's time to start thinking about where you will hunt Canada geese.

Goose Hunting In Saskatchewan, Canada

There are numerous goose-hunting hot spots across Canada. Many people choose to hunt geese in Saskatchewan because of the migratory path pit spot of the Canada goose.


Here are the hunting districts in Saskatchewan:

Hunting Districts

There are two primary goose-hunting areas in Saskatchewan:

  • District No.1 (North): Provincial Wildlife Management Zones (WMZ) 43 and 47 to 76 inclusive

  • District No. 2 (South): Provincial WMZ 1 to 42 and 44 to 46, and the Saskatoon and Regina–Moose Jaw Provincial WMZ.


The Canada goose is a popular game bird in Saskatchewan and each province enforces hunting regulations designed to protect the population while providing ample opportunity for hunters.

When Is Goose Hunting Open Season in Saskatchewan?

Here are the open seasons for the different species of geese in Canada:

Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese

The Canada goose hunting season in addition to the cackling goose and white-fronted goose hunting season is from September 1 to December 16. The best time to hunt geese is during the early hunting season, which typically runs from September 1 to September 15.


However, with a little research, you can find Canada goose hunting hot spots that allow hunting later into the season.

Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese

The open season for snow goose and Ross’s goose hunting is from September 1 to December 16. Knowing how to hunt snow geese can be tricky, as they are very different from Canada geese. From understanding how to find Snow Geese and Ross' Geese to knowing the right waterfowl hunting gear to use, we've got you covered.

How Many Geese Can You Hunt in Saskatchewan?

Knowing how many geese you can harvest is important because it helps ensure the Canada goose population can sustain hunting pressure.

Canada Geese, Cackling Geese and White-fronted Geese, Combined

For these three species of geese, the daily bag limit is five and the possession limit is 24.

Snow Geese and Ross’s Geese

On the other hand, the daily bag limit for snow geese and Ross’s geese is 20, with no possession limit.

Guided Goose Hunting in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan is an excellent place to hunt Canada geese. With the right licenses and equipment, you can have a fun and safe hunting experience.


If you're looking for a guided goose hunt in Saskatchewan, then Thunderbird Outfitters can help. We provide you with the knowledge and experience you need to make your Canada goose hunting trip successful.



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