Canada Goose

Scientific Name: Branta canadensis
Classification: Game Species
Abundance: Common throughout state

Species Profile (pdf)

          

 

Additional Information

With its characteristic “honk”, widespread breeding distribution and ability to adapt to suburban environments, the Canada goose is likely the most recognized waterfowl species in North Carolina. Although similar in appearance, Canada geese can be divided into 11 subspecies partially based on body size, subtle differences in coloration and breeding distribution. Although most sub - species or populations are migratory in nature, populations of non-migratory Canada geese have been increasing in North Carolina and elsewhere over the last 20 years.

To learn more about the Canada Goose, view the species profile and click on the other tabs on this page.

 

Species

Season
Dates

Regulations

Additional Information

Waterfowl - General

(includes ducks, geese, swans and youth waterfowl days)
Seasons occurring prior to October 1(PDF)

Seasons occurring after September 30 (PDF)

Extended Falconry Seasons (PDF)

Migratory Game Birds – State Regulations (PDF) 

Migratory Game Birds – Summary of Federal Regulations (PDF)
Additional Info (including license requirements, non-toxic shot requirements, baiting information and various reports)
Canada Goose Seasons occurring prior to October 1 (PDF)

Seasons occurring after September 30 (PDF) 

Migratory Game Birds – State Regulations (PDF) 

Migratory Game Birds – Summary of Federal Regulations (PDF)



Canada Goose Hunt Zone Map (PDF)

NE Goose Hunt Zone Permits (PDF)

Additional Info (including license requirements, non-toxic shot requirements, baiting information and various reports)

 Light Goose  Seasons occurring after September 30 (PDF) 
 Migratory Game Birds – State Regulations (PDF) 

Migratory Game Birds – Summary of Federal Regulations (PDF)
 Light Goose Conservation Season Permit Information
Tundra Swan

Seasons occurring after September 30 (PDF) 


Migratory Game Birds – State Regulations (PDF) 

Migratory Game Birds – Summary of Federal Regulations (PDF)



Tundra Swan Permit information (PDF)

Additional Info (including license requirements, non-toxic shot requirements, baiting information and various reports)
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