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Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Schoeneck, Lancaster County
The AP of geese are really taking a hit. Here's hoping the Spring weather cooperates better this year.
The "regular" Canada goose seasons in New Jersey's North and South Zones are based on the status of Atlantic Population (AP) Canada geese which nest on the Ungava Peninsula of northern Quebec. The AP is New Jersey's primary migrant Canada goose population. After a period of population stability dating back to the early-2000s, the breeding population has declined for the past 3 consecutive years culminating in an 18-year low of 112,000 breeding pairs in 2018.
Poor gosling production due to chronically late Arctic springs appears to be driving the population decline. Gosling production has been below average for 7 of the past 10 years with 2018 being an unprecedentedly poor year. During most years, banding crews in northern Quebec band over 1,500 goslings annually and see thousands more. In 2018, those crews banded zero goslings, and observed less than 50 goslings. Due to this poor status, the "regular" Canada goose season will be reduced to a 30-day season with a 2-bird bag limit in the North and South Zones.
Because the Coastal Zone has relatively few band recoveries from AP Canada geese, it was re-designated as a North Atlantic Population (NAP) beginning in 2019. NAP geese nest in low density throughout the boreal forest of Labrador and Newfoundland and winter primarily along the Atlantic Coast from the Canadian Maritimes to North Carolina. The NAP harvest strategy calls for a 60-day, 2-bird bag limit in areas including New Jersey so the Regular Canada goose season in the Coastal Zone will occur concurrent with the duck season.
I've spent most of my money on Waterfowling, Women and Whiskey.
The rest of my money I just wasted.