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Part 2, Section 2.30 - Migratory Game Birds - Express Terms (Snow Goose) Adopted June 12, 2013

Express Terms

Title 6 of NYCRR, Section 2.30, entitled "Migratory game birds," is amended as follows:

Amend existing paragraph 2.30 (b) (2) to read:

(2) with a shotgun of any description capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three shells, except that this prohibition shall not apply to the taking of crows or to the taking of snow geese or Ross' geese [during the special snow goose harvest program described in subparagraph 2.30 (e)(2)(vii)] in any area or zone when all other waterfowl hunting seasons are closed;

Amend existing paragraph 2.30 (b) (7) to read:

(7) by the use or aid of recorded or electrically amplified bird calls or sounds, or recorded or electrically amplified imitations of bird calls or sounds, except that this prohibition shall not apply to the taking of crows or to the taking of snow geese or Ross' geese [during the special snow goose harvest program described in subparagraph 2.30 (e)(2)(vii)] in any area or zone when all other waterfowl hunting seasons are closed;

Amend existing subparagraph 2.30 (e) (1) (ii) to read:

(ii) Special Snow Goose Harvest Program. Any person who has migratory game bird hunting privileges in New York, including a valid Harvest Information Program (HIP) confirmation number, may take "light geese" (snow geese and Ross' geese) in the Western, Northeastern, Southeastern, and Lake Champlain Zones from [March 11] January 16 through April 15 annually, in addition to seasons published annually in the Federal Register. All migratory game bird hunting regulations and requirements shall apply to the taking of snow geese or Ross' geese during this period, except that use of recorded or electrically amplified calls or sounds is allowed and use of shotguns capable of holding more than three shells is allowed. Any person who participates in the special snow goose harvest program must provide accurate and timely information on their activity and harvest upon request from the department.

Adopt new paragraph 2.30 (f) (2) to read:

(2) snow geese and Ross' geese may be taken from one-half hour before sunrise to one-half hour after sunset during the Special Snow Goose Harvest Program.

Amend subparagraph 2.30(g) (3) (ii) to read:

(ii) Daily bag and possession limits for "light geese" are aggregate daily bag and possession limits for snow geese and Ross' geese in all areas. Daily bag and possession limits during the Special Snow Goose Harvest Program are the same as those published annually in the Federal Register by the U.S. Department of the Interior for regular snow goose hunting seasons.

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