With cooler nights and Labor Day approaching, hunters may be thinking about the first fall hunting seasons, including early Canada goose and mourning dove seasons.
The early Canada goose season in Wisconsin runs Sept. 1-15 statewide. The dove season runs Sept. 1 to Nov. 9 statewide.
The early Canada goose season, with a more liberal bag limit than the regular season, is allowed by federal rules due to the growth of local giant Canada goose populations.
During the spring waterfowl survey, Wisconsin’s resident breeding goose population estimate was 138,925.
The early season harvest last fall was estimated at 21,302 and makes up roughly one-third of the total annual Canada goose harvest in Wisconsin.
“The early season provides additional recreational opportunities for our goose hunters and directs harvest pressure toward these locally nesting geese,” said Kent Van Horn, migratory game bird ecologist for the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
The early season daily bag limit is five birds.