License

Spring Snow Goose Hunts License:

The USFWS doesn't require a Federal Duck Stamp during the conservation order. Since they leave it to the DNR to set the license for their state, each is different. Below you will find the licenses needed in the three states we chase snow geese in the spring.

Arkansas Spring Snow Goose Hunts License Requirement:

Arkansas license is FREE. Nevertheless, you have to register with the state to hunt spring snow geese by calling the below number or registering online. In addition, a current valid hunting license from any state must be in your possession while hunting.

  • Federal Duck Stamp: Not Required
  • State Waterfowl Stamps: Not Required
  • Free registration permit: Required
    • Call (800) 364-4263 (Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.). Tell them you want to register for the FREE permit to hunt during the conservation order.
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Iowa Conservation Order License Requirements:

Adult Non-Resident 5 Day Hunting/Habitat 18+....................$90

Youth under 18 Non-Resident 5 Day Hunting/Habitat.....................$45

Migratory Bird Fee....................$11.50

HIP Registration....................Free

  • If you hunt Iowa in the fall, an annual license can be purchased instead of a 5-day one.
  • Iowa doesn't require a Federal Waterfowl Stamp to hunt during the spring snow goose season.
  • All hunters born after January 1, 1972, need a hunter's safety card.
  • Buy these licenses a couple of days before the hunt. It is important to note that Iowa licenses expire on January 10, so purchasing after that date is important. 
  • Licenses can be purchased online or from license agents.

South Dakota Light Goose Hunting License Requirements:

Nonresident Spring Light Goose License....................$50

Youth License (12 through 15).....................$26

Habitat Stamp (anyone 18 years of age or older)....................$25

  • Migratory Bird Certification is required. However, it is included when purchasing both adult and youth licenses. However, a Federal Waterfowl Stamp is not required.
  • Twelve is the minimum age to hunt in South Dakota. In addition, hunters 12 through 15 must possess a hunter safety card or a license from another state.
  • Licenses can be purchased online or from license agents.
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