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Video: Snow Goose Hunting – Decoys and Blind Concealment

Snow goose hunting doesn’t have an exact science. Put 10 snow goose hunters in an area and different fields will be selected, decoys will be arranged differently, and blinds will we be situated in different areas of the spread. This video shows how we typically setup for snow goose hunting, but there are a 100 ways to do it. Many times, how we start the day is completely different from how our decoys and blinds end up at the end of the day. Reading the birds and adjusting according is the most important aspect of snow goose hunting.

 

 

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Video: Scouting For Snow Geese

Snow goose hunting success can come from spending time scouting. You have to know where the snow geese are, where they’re feeding, and how they’re getting there. Even with hours of driving and hundreds of miles, all the scouting doesn’t always pay off. Mother nature heavily dictates the rate of the migration and often times snow geese will fly different routes and feed in different fields on a daily basis. The poor weather and unpredictableness of snow geese left us frustrated during most of our hunts during the conservation season in Illinois. Despite our best efforts to find good fields to snow goose hunt in, the geese always seemed to stay a step ahead of us, but we managed to scratch together a few good hunts.

 

 

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Video: Specklebelly Goose Hunting

Specklebelly goose hunting is gaining popularity in many places across the country. Their population growth has led many to want to learn how to hunt them. This video takes a look at Specklebelly goose calling and hunting techniques to help you hunt them successfully.

 

 

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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 – April 1, 2013

The snow goose migration continues to be behind schedule thanks to a delayed onset of spring weather. Continued below normal temperatures in the northern plains and a substantial snow pack have the snow goose migration locked up over portions of South Dakota. In the next week, spring like weather looks to settle into areas of South Dakota and Nebraska which should get snow geese trying to head north, but a substantial snow pack remains across North Dakota.

Snow Goose MigrationHunters have continued to report success over many areas of South Dakota. The snow goose migration has balled up in areas across I-90 as they stage just south of the snow line. Birds are still being reported across Western Iowa and Nebraska, but they should make a sizable push northward in the next week as temperatures in these areas reach into the mid 60s in the later part of the week. Portions of South Dakota will likely experience much of the same warmth and the state could be completely snow free by the weekend. Further north in North Dakota, many areas in the eastern half of the state are still buried under 12+ inches of snow. Much of this snow pack continued south into northeast South Dakota, but not much remains. This portion of snow cover that lingered in South Dakota pushed much of the snow goose migration further west across central portions of the state. The amount of snow that remains in North Dakota is larger across the eastern portion of the state. Look for the  migration to continue it’s push north through the central part of North Dakota as the snow disappears quicker.