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Posted on: October 1, 2022

Controlled Goose Hunt at Hickory Grove Park

Canada geese


Story County Conservation 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 October 1 – October 16, 2022, October 22 – December 13, 2022, and December 17 – January 14, 2023. 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 Story County Conservation.   Hunters must report the number of geese harvested within 24 hours. Please contact the McFarland Park Office at 515-598-4771 or email Special Projects Ranger Pat Shehan at


Story County Conservation 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.



Pat Shehan

Story County Conservation

Phone 515-232-2516


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