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Spring light goose conservation order

North Dakota’s spring light goose conservation order opens Saturday and continues through Sunday, May 12.

Residents must have a 2023-24 (valid through March 31) or 2024-25 (required April 1) combination license, or a small game, and general game and habitat license. Resident youth younger than 16 only need the general game and habitat license. The 2024-25 license is available for purchase beginning March 15.

Nonresidents need a 2024 spring light goose conservation order license. Nonresidents who hunt in spring remain eligible to buy a fall season license. The spring license does not count against the 14-day fall waterfowl hunting season regulation.

In addition, nonresident youth younger than 16 can purchase a license at the resident fee.

A federal duck stamp is not required for either residents or nonresidents.

Hunters must register annually with the Harvest Information Program prior to hunting in each state. The HIP number obtained for North Dakota’s spring conservation order is also valid for North Dakota’s fall hunting season.

The spring conservation order is only open to light geese – snows, blues and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The conservation order is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.

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