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Can you shoot Canada geese in Massachusetts?

Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020

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Canada geese are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918. This act states that it is unlawful to hunt, kill, sell, purchase, or possess migratory birds. However, many populations of Canada geese have become non-migratory.

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Likewise, people ask, can you kill Canada geese in Massachusetts?

It is illegal to destroy eggs of most bird species, including Canada geese. You can apply for a special permit to addle eggs or destroy geese nests on your property (application to apply for a permit can be found below).

Furthermore, can you shoot a goose in the water? There is nothing "illegal" about shooting a "sitting" duck or goose whether it be on the water or ground. Some say it's not sporting that waterfowl hunting is a wing-shooting sport. I say take the most lethal/ethical shot you can.

is it legal to shoot geese on your property?

Harassment techniques are used to frighten and discourage geese from using your property. They are non-lethal and it is legal to harass Canada geese without a federal or state permit as long as they are not injured, touched or handled by a person or a dog.

How do you keep Canadian geese away?

5 Tips to Keep Canada Geese off Your Property

  1. Don't feel the need to feed. Throwing out bread for birds to eat is a popular practice, but you should resist the urge to do so.
  2. Build a barrier. Geese tend to land on the water and then swim to shore.
  3. Scare them straight (away from your home).
  4. Catch and release elsewhere.
  5. Aim and fire.

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Is goose hunting season?

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What are the hunting seasons in Massachusetts?

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When can you hunt geese?

Canada geese may be legally shot during the open season (1 September to 31 January, or 20 February inclusive on the foreshore), or under a general licence, by authorised persons (see 'The protected status of wild Canada geese' section of this leaflet).

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How do you protect yourself from geese?

So here are some surefire methods to keep yourself safe from the nation's biggest threat:
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  2. Or walking in an area where they are nesting.
  3. Don't act hostile or show fear.
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What is the fine for killing a Canadian goose?

Arnprior man fined $1,100 for killing Canada goose from inside his car. An Arnprior man has been fined $1,100 after pleading guilty to killing a Canada goose by shooting it with a rifle from inside his car.

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Can I kill a goose if it attacks me?

You may severely injure or kill it. If you're very nimble, you can grab them by the beak without causing them harm, and this will generally cause them to want to flee, but geese are more respectful of the threat of harm than of actual harm.

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Can you eat Canadian geese?

Their meat is lean and does not lend itself to roasting. Larsen slices open these fall birds and pops out their breast meat. And not only are the birds good to eat—they are also fun to hunt. Because of their flâneur-like loitering, a Canada Goose might seem an easy snatch, but it takes skill to nab one.

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What to do if a goose chases you?

What can you do if a geese attacks you?
  1. Stare down your attacker.
  2. Slowly back away.
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Are geese smart?

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What will scare geese away?

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Why is hitting geese illegal?

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Will an air horn scare geese?

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Do you need decoys to hunt geese?

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Can geese fly at night?

DEAR NICOLE: Although we think of birds as roosting during the night, Canada geese do fly at night, especially during the migration. Although they don't have the night vision of a cat, their ability to see in the dark is 12 times greater than ours.