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Oak Hammock Marsh Waterfowl numbers

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  1. Chris Benson

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    thanks Chris good ino
     
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    Goose numbers seem to be down in the hammock. Are the numbers compensated for by the birds living within the city limits that are roosting within the city, ie Fort Whyte centre etc.? A lot of our lesser Canada geese migrated this week.
     
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    My guess is that we are still waiting on the big push of birds. Haven't even had our first frost yet!
     
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    Chris, what's up with the snows?? More westward movement? Use to hunt about an hour north of you & thinking about giving it a go next year but like to target snows also.
     
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    Another update today on waterfowl numbers around Oak Hammock Marsh
     
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    Thanks for sharing! Any thoughts on the steady decline in canada goose numbers over the years?
     
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    It could be a couple reasons, one for sure is that Winnipeg is directly south of Winnipeg by about 45km and with the expansion of new housing developments and water retention ponds, no predators, and lots of food has allowed the goose population to explode. Manitoba Conservation is working with the City of Winnipeg to help manage the goose population by for example allowing additional hunting opportunities for residents (daily limit 12 per hunter until Sept 23rd).

    Regardless of the numbers there are still lots of geese around, and even on the most busiest of days there might only be 3 or 4 groups out in the Oak Hammock area. Lots of good opportunities for hunters to get in on a good goose hunt.
     
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    From the MB government: "Because urban geese are not exposed to the same risks as those in more remote areas, the goose population in Winnipeg is thriving. Recent surveys have shown that the number of geese in this city is growing at a significant rate each year. At the peak of fall migration, the Canada goose population in Winnipeg now exceeds 120,000 birds."

    This is interesting. When I was growing up, the migrating geese tended to gather quite a bit north of the city towards Lundar and along the east side of the lake. The birds would stage here in huge numbers and it was a very popular hunting area. With the formation of the Oak Hammock Marsh in the 1970's, the patterns changed, and the geese then moved further south and used the area around the 9,000 acre marsh as their new staging grounds. With the urban development within the city of Winnipeg, the advent of more green spaces, retention ponds, parks, and interpretive areas like Fort Whyte all appeal to the Canada Goose. Low predators, safe space, fresh grass, and generally no hunting meant an ideal place to nest. During migration, migrators soon learned of these areas, and now Winnipeg has become the home to the majority of migrating Canada geese, and is now the main staging area for the geese prior to migration. I've hunted within the city limits when my father-in-law was still alive, and it was pretty incredible. We would leave the house 15 minutes before LST, drive to the field, walk out to the edge, and pass shoot the geese as they came out of Fort Whyte coming down to a field of barley that we had permission to hunt on. Some days we were back at the house having coffee 1/2 hour after LST. It was pretty incredible as to the numbers, and that was probably 7 or 8 years ago. I can't even imagine what they are like now.
     
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    Didn't realize hunting was allowed on the marsh itself. Thought it was all field hunting around it and that that was all leased up.

    We live on the Manitoba line and used to go to Steinbach and Manitoba fairly often. Always a lot of geese around Winnepeg
     

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