Can you kill Canadian geese in Washington?

Legal Status. Canada geese are protected under federal and state law and a hunting license and open season are required to hunt them.

Federal law protects Canada geese. It is illegal to harm geese, their eggs, or their nests in the United States without permission from the U.S. Fish and Wild Service (USFWS). Geese may be harassed or scared away without a permit as long as the geese, goslings, eggs, and nests are not harmed.

How many geese can you shoot in Washington state?

31. The limit for geese will be four Canadas, six white and 10 whitefronts (specklebellies) daily. A full description of Washington game bird seasons and bag limits can be found on the WDFW website (

Can you kill a Canadian goose in self defense?

Originally Answered: Can an angry Canadian Goose kill you? No geese cannot kill you outright. They can, however, do some considerable bruising and their bites can slash your skin, especially when they deliver it with a hard twist.

Can you shoot geese on a Sunday?

Wildfowl, Geese and Waders

All wild birds are protected on Sundays and Christmas Day. Wild birds may not be shot between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise.

What do I need to hunt geese in Washington state?

To hunt waterfowl in Washington, you will need to purchase a small game license. If you are 16 or older, you must also purchase a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) migratory bird permit and a federal duck stamp. If you are under 16, you must have a free WDFW migratory bird permit.

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Where can I hunt geese in Washington state?

Grant County is also the state’s top goose-hunting spot, with an average annual harvest of more than 17,000 birds. Other top goose-producing counties are Franklin (7,300), Benton (5,700), Skagit (5,400), Yakima (3,500), Walla Walla (3,200), and Spokane (3,000) counties.

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