Goose hunt
Goose hunt

Controlled Goose Hunt

Posted:10/23/2023 Story


Story County Conservation (SCC) is offering a controlled goose hunt to reduce the numbers and amount of time that geese use the lake as a fall and winter refuge.  Large goose populations contribute to the bacterial level of the lake.

Hickory Grove Park is open for goose hunting only September 30 – October 15, 2023, October 21 – December 12, 2023, and December 23, 2023 – January 20, 2024. Hunting will be confined to the main lake and its shores except for the beach, campground, north side of island waterfronts, and shoreline area at the east end of lake by the public roadway and walking trail. Hunting hours are one-half hour before sunrise to 10:00 a.m. through October 31; then one-half hour before sunrise to sunset thereafter. All state and federal hunting laws apply. Hunters may use portable blinds, but gas boat motors are not allowed.  

Hunting dates may be closed or modified by SCC.   Hunters must report the number of geese harvested within 24 hours. Please contact the Park Ranger Olivia VanderHart at 515-598-2747 or email at with harvest reports.

SCC manages more than 3,000 acres of parks and natural areas, including lakes, campgrounds, and trails, and an additional 5,500 acres of roadside habitat through our Integrated Roadside Vegetation Management program. The environmental education staff serves Story County schools and the public with interpretive and informational programs for all ages. Story County Conservation's volunteer program provides volunteer opportunities to individuals and groups interested in making a difference in local natural resources.  No individual will be excluded from events conducted by Story County Conservation because of a disability or impairment. To request accommodations to participate, contact Story County Conservation.



Olivia VanderHart, Park Ranger

Phone 515-598-2747


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