Dakota Country Magazine October 2016 Edition - Page 66

full federal framework during the regular Canada goose hunting season and make appropriate adjustments to bag limit and/or season length during the early fall season when the population range is attained. This year the daily limit in the September season is still 15. Most hunters I know believe 15 is way too high for a daily limit. During the regular season the daily limit drops to 8, a more reasonable number. I hope the limit in future years is reduced to five per day. The plan does reduce bag limits and/or season length during the early fall September and regular Canada goose hunting seasons when the spring population index falls below 115,000 birds. SDGFP will also maintain an operational Canada goose-banding program and conduct a standardized band analysis program. Banding will provide vital information on population trends, harvest and survival rates. The department will also continue to monitor hunter participation and attitudes and continue to support efforts to increase recruitment and retention of goose hunters. 50-Seat Jet Service non-stop to Denver and Pierre! Tickets available on flygreatlakes.com and most travel websites or by calling (800) 554-5111 Page 66, Dakota Country, October 2016 Landowner Involvement A big part of the plan still seeks to assist private landowners to reduce Canada goose damage to crops. They will evaluate the effectiveness of the wildlife damage management program each year. Non-lethal abatement techniques like electric fencing, vegetative barriers (buffer strips), food plots and various hazing techniques will be used before more controversial lethal techniques like egg and nest destruction, trapping and landowner permits to kill geese in spring. A great part of the plan involves the goal to provide the public with quality Canada goose hunting access opportunities on private and public land. They will continue to promote and use Walk-In Areas and controlled hunting access programs specifically for Canada goose hunting opportunities. The return of the Giant Canada goose to the Dakota landscape has been one of the most significant success stories in the field of wildlife management. Intelligent management of this valuable resource is extremely important for future generations of hunters and bird watchers. This is definitely a positive step in Canada goose management for South Dakota. • LAWRENCE BAY LODGE on REINDEER LAKE Saskatchewan 175 Miles North of La Ronge. Fighting, cold water Northern Pike, Lake Trout, Arctic Grayling & Walleye! One of the most complete, deluxe camps in the North! • Fully modern log cabins • All meals including shore lunch at mid- day • Filleting/freezing/packaging of fish for trip home • Float Plane • Moose hunting • 18 ft. Lund/40 hp Mercs • Cree Indian guides • 2 Outpost camps Please contact Randy or Phil 701-262-4560 Randy E. Engen Box 128F • Tolna, ND 58380 Lawrence Bay Lodge (Summer) www.Law renceBay .com Email: lblodge@stellarnet.com 306-758-2227 www.dakotacountrymagazine.com