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Hunting and Conservation of Taiga Bean geese in the Nordic Countries from Hunters perspective.

Niklas Liljebäck & Ere GrenforsSlide2

Hunting

on

Bean Goose in Finland and Sweden

Very highly valued game species in Finland: BIG GAME

Considered one of the hardest catch when hunted in breeding area

--> very alert and shy species

Traditional way to hunt in

Northern and Eastern

Finlands

breeding areasOne hunter and his dog alone in wildernessMinimum risk for overharvestingHunting season traditionally has started in 20. August  nowadays season starts much later because of the restrictions

Highly valued but few hunters focus on the species- more “exotic” than

G

reylag

- and

C

anadagoose

Normally hunted over decoys in agricultural areas

More

attracted to

decoys than

G

reylags

.

High pressure on hunters to reduce agricultural conflict- TBG one of other speciesSlide3

1

= North Lapland breeding area: Hunting season starts on 1. September

2 = South Lapland and North Karelia: Hunting season starts on 10. September3 = Rest of Finland: Hunting season starts on 10. October4

= South-East Finland: Hunting season starts on 1. October (A.

fabalis

rossicus

migration rest area)Hunting

period in Finland and Sweden 2013

Latest change in 1992 (?) whentwo weeks open season in Norrbotten was closedNo changes in last review on periods (2011)Slide4

Finland – Bean Goose (Anser fabalis) Finnish Hunters’ Association official statement on the new restrictions:ConclusionsThe area division is artificial and complicatedThe restrictions stop bean goose hunting almost completelyAnnual game bag method now is not valid because it is highly inaccurateOur suggestion

Game bag quota: 1 goose / 1 hunter / yearTagging the caught goose (North American model)Duty to report and send wing samples to the research institute

Work for flyway management and training to identify subspeciesRussians also have to get involved in conservation workSlide5

Look a like-

issue

More

education

needed

. New

methods

!? For Anser-species; more focus on calls/voice of sp.For ssp of bean geese not applicable during hunting. Regulation of hunting of ssp have to be on species level and adequate geographical scale Slide6

Bag statistics in Finland and Sweden- from hunters

point of view

Random sample method (inquiry to hunters, 5000?, per post, made by Finnish Game and Fisheries Research

Hunters trust in the system low

Judgment on bean goose data

- Low quality

Data

collected

by Swedish Association for Hunting and Wildlife Management since 1939 Two parallell systems

since 2000.inquiry to individual hunters (11 000 in 2012)Volontary reporting by hunting team/club (30-40% of Sweden covered)Hunters trust in system highJudgment on bean goose dataReasonable for actual numberGood for indicator of trendDenmark hunters obligated to reportNorway hunters obligated to reportSlide7

Finland

Mean

6350

Sweden

Mean

3150

Swedish and

Finnish

bag

of Bean Geese 1997-2011/12Slide8

Crippling

!

Both Swedish and Finnish Hunters

NGO’s

work

with

the problem

Critical mass of shooting ranges

Decreasing numbers of shooting ranges- Expensive and administrative burdenMore important that single hunters are aware of their capability than increasing “overall shooting skills”Education- hunting methods in focusDanish experiences/studiesMatter of attitude- TBG as a valued game or a problem (protective hunting)Find crippling rates presented for different species of geese and swans extremely high and hard to explain!? Who is shooting on swans?Slide9

Adaptive Management is a good idea! BUT: “Are all geese equal, or are some species more equal than others?” Slide10

Conclusions on hunters’ view on Taiga Bean Goose

Management

Valuable ecosystem services- high status game

Russia

have

to be on the bus!

Sustainable use have

to be in focusHunters are a resource in the system but with limitationsFunding countingsCollecting dataFunding researchAvoid a new Barnacle Goose problem!Commitment of hunters is crucialSlide11

Sustainable use of TBG the way to reach successful conservation and fun for the next generation…Thank you!

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Nordic Countries from Hunters perspective Niklas Liljebäck amp Ere Grenfors Hunting on B ean G oose in Finland and Sweden Very highly valued game species in Finland BIG GAME Considered one of the hardest catch when hunted in breeding area ID: 195811 Download Presentation

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