Department of Environmental Conservation Environmental Conservation Officer (ECO) Jennifer Okonuk reported that on September 21, she encountered several migratory bird hunters in Northern Franklin County during the early goose and youth waterfowl hunting seasons.
ECO Okonuk said one group of hunters from Maine was guided by a licensed guide outfitter, but three of the hunters failed to have their required New York Harvest Information Program (HIP) number. The licensed guide also failed to possess a valid hunting license, she said. None of the hunters had their guns plugged as required, and the guns were all capable of holding more than three shells according to ECO Okonuk.
ECO Okonuk reported that she educated the hunters on the early goose regulations. One hunter was issued a ticket for failure to carry a HIP number, two hunters were issued tickets for failure to have a HIP number, and the guide was issued two tickets, one for hunting small game without a license and one for possessing a shotgun capable of holding more than three rounds.
Illustration: 2019-2020 Canada Goose Season Map.