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(Bill Houghton)

(Mountain Home) – Officials with the US Army Corps of Engineers office in Mountain Home say Canada goose hunting will be permitted in designated parks during the late Arkansas and Missouri Canada goose seasons.

The Arkansas season is open November 17 through January 27, with a 2-bag limit and a possession limit of 4. Missouri’s season runs from November 22 to January 31, with a 3-bag limit and a possession limit of 6. Parks open on USACE land on Bull Shoals Lake includes Lead Hill Park and Tucker Hollow Park in Boone County; Oakland Park, Ozark Isle Park, Buck Creek Park and Highway 125 Park in Marion County. Officials say boat or walk-in hunters will only be permitted at Ozark Isle Park.

On Norfork Lake, park space open for hunting includes Panther Bay, Georges Cove, Pidgeon Creek, Bidwell Point, Robinson Point Park and Cranfield Park in Baxter County. Hunting at Cranfield Park can only be done on the island, according to officials.

In Missouri, parks included in the hunting areas are Theodosia Park and Beaver Creek in Ozark County for Bull Shoals Lake, and Udall Park and Tecumseh Park in Ozark County for Norfork Lake.

Officials say that some of the parks have experienced water quality problems due to fecal coliform bacteria caused by geese over the last few summers, which had led to the closure of swim beaches. The hunting season helps reduce the goose population, and discourages the geese from being in close proximity to humans.

State regulations for Canada goose hunting apply in the parks and on any other USACE property around the lakes, and no other waterfoul hunting is permitted in the parks.

USACE officials urge hunters to follow all hunting safety precautions if they plan on hunting.

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