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Snow Goose Migration Update – April 8, 2013

Snow Goose Migration

These snow goose migration updates are starting to sound like a broken record! A brief warm-up followed by snow that pushes some snow geese back south while others continue to stage in the same areas. For the fourth or fifth time this spring, a snow storm is taking aim across migration corridors. Many snow geese are currently located across South Dakota and some have begun to push into North Dakota. The brief warm-up late last week and into this past weekend and helped the snow recede further north, but a fresh blanket of the white stuff will soon replace it.

Snow Goose Migration

Snow Goose Hunting

Over the weekend, there were many reports of the snow goose migration beginning to push in North Dakota. Nearly all of South Dakota and nearly a third of North Dakota became free of snow cover and the snow geese are eager to continue their trek north. The series of winter storms that has hit over the past two months has the snow goose migration way behind schedule and the birds know it. They’re taking advantage of every opportunity they can to push north. Instead of staging just under the snow line, a lot of birds this year have been hanging in the southern edge. When the snow has hit and bodies of water have frozen, they’ve pushed to the rivers where they have open water for roosting and they’re feeding on hilltops and south facing slopes that offer less snow cover over food sources. This was first noted during the snow goose migration in mid-February when a snow storm hit Missouri. Instead of the vast majority of snow geese pushing back into the southern part of the state and Arkansas, many birds pushed into the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Even with covered food sources, they rode out the storm by roosting on the open water on and near the rivers and feeding in areas with the least snow cover. This will continue as the snow geese are reluctant to loselatitude in their return trip north.

Weather

Starting on Tuesday, snow will begin falling across areas of southern North Dakota on into central South Dakota. Locations look to pick up as much as a foot of snow. This make for difficult snow goose hunting conditions, but if you’re braving the elements, look for good concentrations of birds along the larger river systems. Field conditions right now are extremely muddy and will only get worse after the next round of snow begins to melt.

Snow Goose Migration Update – March 8, 2013

Spring is about to finally show itself and the snow goose migration should push north in a major way over the next week. Snows are already being reported moving north in large numbers. These areas have snow now, but by the end of the weekend, the snow line will recede well to the north.

Snow Goose Migration Snow CoverOver the course of the past week, we’ve seen the bulk of the snow goose migration move from southern Missouri and Illinois into west-central Illinois and northwest Missouri. After being pushed south due to the snow, snow geese are looking to make up for lost time and ground. As of March 4, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge reported just over 275,000, but last night they reported they were over the 1 million mark. Birds are also being reported moving into southeast South Dakota and all over the rainwater basins of Nebraska. The snow line, for now, has a lot of snow geese trapped in central Illinois. There are reports of 6-10 inches of snow still on the ground in the western part of the state. The warm-up this weekend should cut into the snowpack and give the snow geese a chance to continue their trek. Guide services are all over northwest Missouri and they should do well in the coming week to 10 days. With the snow cover fading fast, open ground from Squaw into central South Dakota, and warm temperatures on the way, the snow goose migration should move quickly over the next week. They are behind schedule, they know it, and will be looking to make up for lost time.

With the exception of a weekend storm system that will move across the central US and midwest, temperatures look to be above normal. Typically if you’re experiencing above normal temperatures, that means you have a south wind of some sorts. Areas in South Dakota will even be in the 50’s next week. If you’re a snow goose hunter between I-70 and I-80, it’s time! North of I-80 will be a ton of adults for now, but with the forecast it won’t be long.

Snow Goose Migration Update February 1, 2013

Snow Goose Migration

Today marks the beginning of the conservation snow goose season across many states. Many snow geese started their migration north last week as warm weather settled in across much of the country. This northward push was short lived as a pair of cold fronts swept through the midwest yesterday. Low temperatures across portions of central Illinois and Missouri reached as low as the single digits.

Snow Goose MigrationThe leading edge of the snow goose migration was across central Missouri and Illinois. We began our scouting on Thursday and found a large concentration of birds in central Illinois. With highs in the 20’s and a 30mph NW wind, they were sticking tight together and feeding all day. As the sun set, many of them headed south rather than to their roosts. Not all of them went south last night. At day break this morning, they grouped back up and wound up in three large feeds across the area. As the day progressed, groups would get up and head south with migrating groups from the north. This continued through the day and numbers have dwindled. Further south in Illinois, there has been reports of southward migrating snow geese. Not exactly the way you would expect to be killing them from, but success is being had.

As temperatures moderate through the weekend and into next week. Look for the birds to begin to trickle back northward. It’s not uncommon for snow geese to bounce fields frequently, but what we have seen in our scouting is they’re doing it more than ever. Birds would not use a field for much more than an hour before moving on. The large groups of birds combined with the lack of food in these parts has them constantly on the move. The early harvest last year followed by rain caused much of the waste grain to germinate. There wasn’t a lot of waste grain there to begin with because of the drought. If you’re looking for the snow goose “X”, don’t waste you time. Find the most used flight lines and setup under them.

The number of snow geese around to start the season isn’t nearly as large as last year when we begin snow goose hunting on opening day of conservation season. The good news is, there are way more birds south of us than at any point in the year last year.

A Goose Hunting Weekend of Nothing

Goose Hunting

The first widespread snowfall of the year that feel late last week brought the Fowled Reality crew high hopes for waterfowling the past week.  We scattered across location throughout central Illinois on Friday in a scouting effort to find migrating canada geese.  Hundred of miles and many phone calls led to next to nothing promising for goose hunting.  In areas between I-72 and I-70 we saw very few new birds show up.  The local birds in the area stuck to their afternoon feeding routines with the colder weather and recent full moon.  As has been the case all season, they either fed in fields that we can't waterfowl hunt, or randomly flew as resident geese always do.  Scott had been seeing some of the locals geese feeding in a chisel plowed corn field that we were able to get access to.  They were there 4 nights in a row prior to our scouting mission on Friday.  Unfortunately, they never showed to the field Friday so our plans for a Saturday hunt were put aside.

 

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Canada geese feeding in the field that no one gets permission to hunt

 

Blake and Chris headed to Missouri Saturday morning for a hunt with some guys from Muddy Dog Outdoors for a little goose hunting action in central Missouri.  The field we were hunting had tons of birds circling it Friday afternoon.  As has been the case with our goose hunting season, none of the geese took flight that day and instead elected to sit on the ice at the local lake or feed on grass on the banks. The one good thing that came out of Saturday was a phone call that the resident geese were back in the field we had access to in central Illinois.  There was only 40-50 geese using the field, but we'll take what we can get this year.

 

The Fowled Reality crew got setup shortly afternoon and waited for the geese to repeat their pattern of flying just a quarter mile off the roost to the feeding field.  They had now been in the field 4/5 days. We waited and waited only to be outsmarted once again!  The birds sat on the ice the entire afternoon.  We heard them get vocal at one point during the afternoon as a flock of specklebellies flew over, but that was all the activity of the afternoon.

 

From the reports we read, lots of geese finally crossed the state line from Wisconsin into northern Illinois and great goose hunting success was had by many.  Smaller numbers of new geese entered areas just north of I-72 and south of that line very few new geese showed.  Over New Year's weekend we had an estimated 3000 geese using the area we hunted this past weekend.  They showed without any snow and a slight cool down. They quickly returned north with the warmup the first few days of January.  Now that we got snow and some of the coldest temps of the year, they haven't returned.  The frustration of the 2011/2012 waterfowl season continues!

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Snow Goose Migration Update – April 8, 2013

Snow Goose Migration

These snow goose migration updates are starting to sound like a broken record! A brief warm-up followed by snow that pushes some snow geese back south while others continue to stage in the same areas. For the fourth or fifth time this spring, a snow storm is taking aim across migration corridors. Many snow geese are currently located across South Dakota and some have begun to push into North Dakota. The brief warm-up late last week and into this past weekend and helped the snow recede further north, but a fresh blanket of the white stuff will soon replace it.

Snow Goose Migration

Snow Goose Hunting

Over the weekend, there were many reports of the snow goose migration beginning to push in North Dakota. Nearly all of South Dakota and nearly a third of North Dakota became free of snow cover and the snow geese are eager to continue their trek north. The series of winter storms that has hit over the past two months has the snow goose migration way behind schedule and the birds know it. They’re taking advantage of every opportunity they can to push north. Instead of staging just under the snow line, a lot of birds this year have been hanging in the southern edge. When the snow has hit and bodies of water have frozen, they’ve pushed to the rivers where they have open water for roosting and they’re feeding on hilltops and south facing slopes that offer less snow cover over food sources. This was first noted during the snow goose migration in mid-February when a snow storm hit Missouri. Instead of the vast majority of snow geese pushing back into the southern part of the state and Arkansas, many birds pushed into the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers. Even with covered food sources, they rode out the storm by roosting on the open water on and near the rivers and feeding in areas with the least snow cover. This will continue as the snow geese are reluctant to loselatitude in their return trip north.

Weather

Starting on Tuesday, snow will begin falling across areas of southern North Dakota on into central South Dakota. Locations look to pick up as much as a foot of snow. This make for difficult snow goose hunting conditions, but if you’re braving the elements, look for good concentrations of birds along the larger river systems. Field conditions right now are extremely muddy and will only get worse after the next round of snow begins to melt.

Snow Goose Migration Update – March 8, 2013

Spring is about to finally show itself and the snow goose migration should push north in a major way over the next week. Snows are already being reported moving north in large numbers. These areas have snow now, but by the end of the weekend, the snow line will recede well to the north.

Snow Goose Migration Snow CoverOver the course of the past week, we’ve seen the bulk of the snow goose migration move from southern Missouri and Illinois into west-central Illinois and northwest Missouri. After being pushed south due to the snow, snow geese are looking to make up for lost time and ground. As of March 4, Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge reported just over 275,000, but last night they reported they were over the 1 million mark. Birds are also being reported moving into southeast South Dakota and all over the rainwater basins of Nebraska. The snow line, for now, has a lot of snow geese trapped in central Illinois. There are reports of 6-10 inches of snow still on the ground in the western part of the state. The warm-up this weekend should cut into the snowpack and give the snow geese a chance to continue their trek. Guide services are all over northwest Missouri and they should do well in the coming week to 10 days. With the snow cover fading fast, open ground from Squaw into central South Dakota, and warm temperatures on the way, the snow goose migration should move quickly over the next week. They are behind schedule, they know it, and will be looking to make up for lost time.

With the exception of a weekend storm system that will move across the central US and midwest, temperatures look to be above normal. Typically if you’re experiencing above normal temperatures, that means you have a south wind of some sorts. Areas in South Dakota will even be in the 50’s next week. If you’re a snow goose hunter between I-70 and I-80, it’s time! North of I-80 will be a ton of adults for now, but with the forecast it won’t be long.

Snow Goose Migration Update February 1, 2013

Snow Goose Migration

Today marks the beginning of the conservation snow goose season across many states. Many snow geese started their migration north last week as warm weather settled in across much of the country. This northward push was short lived as a pair of cold fronts swept through the midwest yesterday. Low temperatures across portions of central Illinois and Missouri reached as low as the single digits.

Snow Goose MigrationThe leading edge of the snow goose migration was across central Missouri and Illinois. We began our scouting on Thursday and found a large concentration of birds in central Illinois. With highs in the 20’s and a 30mph NW wind, they were sticking tight together and feeding all day. As the sun set, many of them headed south rather than to their roosts. Not all of them went south last night. At day break this morning, they grouped back up and wound up in three large feeds across the area. As the day progressed, groups would get up and head south with migrating groups from the north. This continued through the day and numbers have dwindled. Further south in Illinois, there has been reports of southward migrating snow geese. Not exactly the way you would expect to be killing them from, but success is being had.

As temperatures moderate through the weekend and into next week. Look for the birds to begin to trickle back northward. It’s not uncommon for snow geese to bounce fields frequently, but what we have seen in our scouting is they’re doing it more than ever. Birds would not use a field for much more than an hour before moving on. The large groups of birds combined with the lack of food in these parts has them constantly on the move. The early harvest last year followed by rain caused much of the waste grain to germinate. There wasn’t a lot of waste grain there to begin with because of the drought. If you’re looking for the snow goose “X”, don’t waste you time. Find the most used flight lines and setup under them.

The number of snow geese around to start the season isn’t nearly as large as last year when we begin snow goose hunting on opening day of conservation season. The good news is, there are way more birds south of us than at any point in the year last year.

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A Goose Hunting Weekend of Nothing

Goose Hunting

The first widespread snowfall of the year that feel late last week brought the Fowled Reality crew high hopes for waterfowling the past week.  We scattered across location throughout central Illinois on Friday in a scouting effort to find migrating canada geese.  Hundred of miles and many phone calls led to next to nothing promising for goose hunting.  In areas between I-72 and I-70 we saw very few new birds show up.  The local birds in the area stuck to their afternoon feeding routines with the colder weather and recent full moon.  As has been the case all season, they either fed in fields that we can't waterfowl hunt, or randomly flew as resident geese always do.  Scott had been seeing some of the locals geese feeding in a chisel plowed corn field that we were able to get access to.  They were there 4 nights in a row prior to our scouting mission on Friday.  Unfortunately, they never showed to the field Friday so our plans for a Saturday hunt were put aside.

 

goose hunting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Canada geese feeding in the field that no one gets permission to hunt

 

Blake and Chris headed to Missouri Saturday morning for a hunt with some guys from Muddy Dog Outdoors for a little goose hunting action in central Missouri.  The field we were hunting had tons of birds circling it Friday afternoon.  As has been the case with our goose hunting season, none of the geese took flight that day and instead elected to sit on the ice at the local lake or feed on grass on the banks. The one good thing that came out of Saturday was a phone call that the resident geese were back in the field we had access to in central Illinois.  There was only 40-50 geese using the field, but we'll take what we can get this year.

 

The Fowled Reality crew got setup shortly afternoon and waited for the geese to repeat their pattern of flying just a quarter mile off the roost to the feeding field.  They had now been in the field 4/5 days. We waited and waited only to be outsmarted once again!  The birds sat on the ice the entire afternoon.  We heard them get vocal at one point during the afternoon as a flock of specklebellies flew over, but that was all the activity of the afternoon.

 

From the reports we read, lots of geese finally crossed the state line from Wisconsin into northern Illinois and great goose hunting success was had by many.  Smaller numbers of new geese entered areas just north of I-72 and south of that line very few new geese showed.  Over New Year's weekend we had an estimated 3000 geese using the area we hunted this past weekend.  They showed without any snow and a slight cool down. They quickly returned north with the warmup the first few days of January.  Now that we got snow and some of the coldest temps of the year, they haven't returned.  The frustration of the 2011/2012 waterfowl season continues!

For more updates on where the goose hunting aciton is hot.