Snow goose hunting
18 October 2018
For our annual migratory bird hunt, we went to the Île d’Orléans. Being able to access an area close to the city where tens of thousands of white geese migrate is an incredible luxury for hunters and birdwatchers alike. We were lucky enough to have an incredible beginning of season, with favorable tides and conditions for both the birds and us. However, every good hunter needs to know and understand the animal as well as its territory. We have selected 4 interesting facts about the snow geese, from the Fédération des Pourvoiries du Québec’s website :
1. Their wingspan is around 1.5 m (5 ft); males weigh up to 3.5 kg (8 lb), females slightly less, goslings 1.5 to 3 kg (3 to 7 lb) during their first fall season.
2. Snow geese can easily travel great distances on land, water and in the sky. They are excellent walkers and even chicks can cover up to 30 km the day after they hatch. While flying, these birds will usually travel at 55 km/h, up to 95 km/h and sometimes fly 1 000 km without interruptions.
3. Snow geese are herbivores, so they exclusively eat plants. They like to go on farmland, where they eat corn, soy and autumn wheat. That’s why it is’t rare to see groups of over a thousand geese foraging in a field.
4. In every flock, there are always geese that don’t mate. A few of them, who would normally breed, will choose not to lay eggs if they can’t accumulate enough fat and protein, or if the climate isn’t favorable.
To learn more about snow geese, as well as other migratory birds, visit the Fédération des Pourvoiries du Québec‘s website.