Don't Shoot a Swan

Trumpeter swans are protected by federal and state laws and may not be shot. Trumpeter swans are twice the size of Canada geese and four times the size of snow geese. Young swans are gray.

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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