Environment Canada

Environment Canada

February 24, 2010 10:00 ET

Registration for the Greater Snow Goose Hunt at Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area

QUÉBEC CITY, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 24, 2010) - Environment Canada wishes to inform hunters that they can register now and until April 30, 2010, for the draw for the Greater Snow Goose Hunt taking place from October 7 to 28, 2010, at Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area.

Starting in 2010, amendments will be made to the hunting program. The traditional hunt, where hunters are brought to the hunting area along the flats at low tide by horse-drawn sled, will be suspended. By suspending the traditional hunt, we believe there will be a greater concentration of geese in the intertidal marsh and in the staging areas. Individual hunting success should therefore remain the same or be improved. The regular hunt (without horses) will be maintained.

The hunting package, which offers two half days for four hunters, costs $430, taxes included. Many services are available for hunters: information session on hunting techniques, electronic calls, decoys, high-tide blinds, transportation of equipment to the hunting grounds by all-terrain vehicle, and goose storage.

Registration forms for the draw can be downloaded from the Environment Canada Web site at the following address:
http://www.qc.ec.gc.ca/faune/sauvagine/html/formulaire2010.html. Additional information can be obtained by calling 418-827-3776, Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m to 4:00 p.m.

Registration fees are $8 and non-refundable. Only one registration per person will be accepted. To increase their chances of winning the draw, hunters should make sure that all their group members have registered. Hunters have until April 30, 2010, to return their registration form. The winning hunters will be contacted by telephone in mid-May in the order in which their names were drawn.

The hunt, which has been managed by Environment Canada since 1972, contributes to controlling the overabundant Greater Snow Goose population throughout North America. It is also part of the Arctic Goose Joint Venture, whose objective is to advance the scientific understanding and the management of North America's geese (http://www.agjv.ca/). Other management measures, including planting lure crops, have been introduced at the National Wildlife Area to reduce the grazing pressure caused by the Greater Snow Goose on the bulrush marsh as well as on the region's farmlands. 

Cap Tourmente National Wildlife Area is located on the north shore of the St. Lawrence River, 50 km east of Quebec City. It is part of a network of 51 protected areas across Canada dedicated to conserving significant habitat for wildlife species, some of which are considered endangered.

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