The Army Corps of Engineers announced recently that Canada Geese may be hunted in selected parks on Bull Shoals and Norfork Lakes during the Arkansas Canada Goose season Jan. 8-30.
Oakland, Buck Creek, Ozark Isle, Highway 125 and Lead Hill Parks on Bull Shoals Lake and Cranfield and Robinson Point Parks on Norfork Lake will be open for hunting Canada Geese only.
In Missouri, Theodosia Park will be open for hunting Canada Geese until Jan. 25.
The hunting of ducks and all other game species will be prohibited outside park boundaries.
Canada Geese must be hunted within all applicable federal and state regulations and bag limits.
The hunting of Canada Geese is being allowed to help manage the expanding goose population using the parks to feed and roost. Large numbers of geese in the parks can cause such problems as leaving behind large quantities of droppings in and around campsites and causing bad water quality in the swimming areas. Some beaches have been temporarily closed due to water samples showing high levels of bacteria.
Oakland, Buck Creek, Ozark Isle, Highway 125, Lead Hill, Cranfield and Robinson Point Parks will be closed to camping Jan. 8-30. Theodosia Park will be closed to camping until Jan. 25.
For further information call the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mountain Home Project Office at 870-425-2700.