Scientific Name: Branta canadensis
Classification: Game Species
Abundance: Common throughout state
Species Profile (pdf)
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.
North Carolina has long been known for the diversity and numbers of waterfowl which breed or spend the winter in the Tarheel state. It is just as well known for its rich waterfowling traditions as exhibited in its decoy art. Hundreds of miles of coastal marshes, coastal and inland swamps, small ponds and large lakes host a great diversity of waterfowl species.
2014-15 Hunting Regulations & Season Information (PDF)
Webless Migratory Birds and Early Season Waterfowl – tri-fold brochure (PDF)
2014-15 Regular Season Waterfowl Occurring After September 30 (Ducks, Geese, Swan) (PDF)
2014-15 Regular Season Waterfowl – tri-fold brochure (PDF) (coming soon)
2014-15 Extended Falconry Seasons (PDF)
2014-15 North Carolina Goose Zones Map (PDF)
Tundra Swan Information
Waterfowl Additional Information
2011- 12 Harvest Survey of North Carolina Hunters (PDF 134 KB)
2010-11 Harvest Survey of North Carolina Hunters (PDF 102 KB)
2007-2008 Analysis of the North Carolina Hunter Harvest Mail Survey (PDF)
Movements and Arrival Dates of Coastal Plain, North Carolina Winter Banded Canada geese, 1984-1996. (PDF - 2MB)
Movements and Arrival Dates of Piedmont, North Carolina Winter Banded Canada geese, 1984-1996. (PDF - 2MB)
Regulations for Managing Resident Canada Goose Populations (PDF - 233KB)
Waterfowl in North Carolina
Sandy Mush Game Land Birding Check List (PDF)