Over the years, we have guided snow goose hunts in several states including Arkansas, Nebraska, Missouri, and South Dakota. During the 2018 spring season we will be hunting in Arkansas and Iowa. Our spring snow goose hunts take place in major migration corridors. There are untold numbers of flocks that migrate through these areas, providing great decoying action. Peak hunting occurs late January through end of March during the Conservation Order which is commonly referred to as the Spring Snow Goose Season. This special season has been in effect since 1999 to help control the snow goose population. It has liberal laws allowing the use of electronic callers, unplugged guns, and no bag limits.
We kick off our spring snow goose season in Arkansas. Arkansas usually starts its snow goose season the Monday after the last weekend in January and we hunt there through late February. Good numbers of snow geese winter in Arkansas. In addition to these wintering bird’s large numbers of snow geese migrate through Arkansas from the southern gulf coast states and Mexico.
Our last stop during the spring season is in Iowa. Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge is about 60 miles south of the Iowa border. Millions of snow geese stage on Squaw Creek. We were one of the first to guide snow goose hunters in that area. In 2013 after 14 seasons we left what we considered home base because of the excessive hunting pressure. Our snow goose spreads are set well north of all that hunting pressure catching the huge strings of snow geese that migrate from Squaw Creek to South Dakota.
What You Need To Succeed!
Our hunts take place on private leases over 1800 Deadly Decoys® windsocks. These are a high end windsock decoy with internal BackBone™ support that gives them a full body even with low wind speeds. The blinds we use are a larger sized lay down blind. They provide excellent concealment, comfort, and mobility. Our electronic callers are capable of producing sound quality of the utmost clarity. A large spread of realistic decoys, movement, and sounds are the keys to successfully decoying snow geese. We have put a major emphasis on refining these areas over the years. Additionally, we have several subtle tactics that we use to set us apart. These little things are what make our hunts so consistent and successful.
All our spring snow goose hunting is done over migrator spreads. We set up in migration corridors decoying the migrating snow geese as they fly over us. In the last number of years, we have focused on hunting these corridors over staging areas. Staging areas are typically a refuge or body of water that attracts massive numbers of snow goose. It also attracts massive numbers of hunters these days. Staying away from the hunting pressure has proven to be a successful strategy. We measure success not only by the more than 61,000 snow geese we have harvested but also the high percentage of repeat clientele.
There has been a lot of hype created around the spring snow goose season. Some of its warranted. Some of its overblown ego's and marketing. As you can see from our videos and gallery pictures we have truly amazing days in the field each year. It takes the right conditions and a little luck to have those 60, 80, or 100 plus bird days. Hunters should come expecting to average a daily harvest in the teen's or twenties with a potential for much larger days. These are decoying birds with most shots being called in the 25-50 yard range. In reality, snow geese are the toughest of all waterfowl to decoy. The enactment of this special spring snow goose season and its liberal laws are a testament to this fact. We are highly successful but we don’t guarantee birds. Slow days or even a rare zero do occur.
Days like the this are rare but when you get one you will never forget it.