Don't Shoot a Swan

Trumpeter swans are native to the Midwest, but market hunting for meat, feathers and skins eliminated them by the early 1900s. Now, thanks to restoration efforts in the upper Midwest, the once-endangered trumpeter swan is making a comeback, showing up in increasing numbers in Missouri during winter. Trumpeter swans are not legal game, so make sure of your target before firing at large white birds.

Identification tips:

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Trumpeter Swan

  • All white plumage
  • Long neck
  • Length: 4 ft.
  • Wingspan: 7 ft.
  • Weight: 20-30 lbs.

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Canada Goose

  • Gray and white body and wings
  • Black head and neck with white chin strap
  • Length: 2 ft.
  • Wingspan: 5 ft.
  • Weight: 10-12 lbs.

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Snow Goose

  • White, with black wing tips
  • Short neck
  • Length: 1 1/2 ft.
  • Wingspan: 3 1/2 ft.
  • Weight: 5-6 lbs.


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Conservation makes Missouri a great place to hunt and fish.

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