From the Colorado Wildlife Commission
-- New for Colorado’s 2010 Light Goose Conservation Order, snow goose hunters may use unplugged shotguns--guns capable of holding more than three shells--to aid in taking light geese when the special conservation order season opens Monday, Feb. 15.
Approved last year by the Colorado Wildlife Commission, this regulation change was unintentionally omitted from the 2009 Colorado Waterfowl Brochure.
Hunters are reminded that unplugged shotguns are permitted during the Light Goose Conservation Order season only and may not be used for any other species or season dates. Hunters who choose to remove plugs from their shotguns for the LGCO must replace them prior to next year's fall hunting season.
Because of overpopulated snow geese and their detrimental impacts to sensitive, arctic, breeding habitat, the LGCO is a special hunting season aimed at reducing the overall numbers of light geese.
To provide expanded hunting opportunities, unlimited bag limits, extended hunting hours and electronic calls are also permitted for the LGCO season. In addition, a Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp is not required to take light geese during the conservation order season. However, hunters are required to purchase a Colorado Waterfowl Stamp.
Light Goose Conservation Order Season facts: All areas east of I-25, Feb. 15 to April 30; Daily bag limit: Unlimited; Possession limit: Unlimited; Legal hunting hours: 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset.
For more information concerning waterfowl regulations and season dates, check the Colorado Division of Wildlife online at