Hunters in the Northeast Hunt Zone will have a winter season for Canada geese for the first time since 1992. The zone is comprised of all or parts of eleven counties in the northeastern Coastal Plain. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had closed the zone to hunting in an attempt to allow a declining migrating population a chance to rebound. North Carolina has both a resident Canada geese population and a migratory one. The resident one now numbers over one million while the migratory remains constant at around five thousand. Wildlife biologists hope to find reasons for this through examinations of the shot geese. The wildlife service will issue only five hundred permits, and each hunter can shoot one goose.