As predicted, a major migration of snow geese pushed through the state over the weekend. For the next several days, smaller flocks of late migrating birds will continue to move through the state. The season closes Sunday, May 5.
Hunters are reminded that species identification is extremely important because white-fronted (speckle-bellies) and Canada geese travel with light geese. The spring season is closed to white-fronts and Canada geese.
Some Notes on the Spring Migration Route
Snow goose migration in spring tends to occur farther east than in the fall. Birds generally arrive in the southeastern corner of the state and spread north and northwest through the Valley City, Jamestown, Devils Lake, Rugby and Kenmare areas. However, scattered flocks may be found anywhere in the state during spring.
Birds normally move through the state quickly, their arrival and stay depending on weather and availability of open water and food.
Light Goose Hotline Provides Migration Updates
Migration updates available at 701-328-3697, until season ends or geese have left the state.
HIP (Harvest Information Program) registration is required of all migratory bird hunters. Hunters must register annually before hunting ducks, geese, swans, mergansers, coots, cranes, snipe, doves and woodcock. Note: Save your HIP number and record it on your fall hunting license.
Register with HIP:
- By phone: Before your license is legal you must register by calling toll free 1-888-634-4798. After answering a brief survey, you will receive a HIP registration number which must be recorded on your fishing, hunting and furbearer certificate
- On the Web: Check your number if you are already registered or register here.