We can’t talk about our 2015 snow goose hunts without discussing the weather. This year’s spring snow goose hunting had a number of weather challenges. Mother Nature was cruel at times to our snow goose hunters.
Our Arkansas snow goose hunts began with awesome hunting. Above normal temps had snow geese migrating up to mid-Nebraska by early February. Northeast Arkansas was really dry this year and places that normally staged snow geese had no water so we saw fewer birds in those areas. After a cold snap hit, the snow geese we had been wearing out did a reverse migration by heading south. A second snow storm cut between us and them stalling the migration. A third spring storm hit south Arkansas when we were in Nebraska. All of these snow storms disrupted the normal snow goose migration pattern and pushed birds farther east than normal.
The move to Nebraska was seamless. There was a ton of birds on the lake when we arrived. Below zero weather rolled in right when we started running our snow goose hunts locking the lake up with ice. Many of the staged snow geese left. A week later the temps hit the mid 60’s and stayed in the 60 to 80 degree range the rest of the season. We were actually snow goose hunting in 91 degree weather on March 16…way too hot. Our blinds were mini ovens. There was a mass migration north with these warm temps leaving only straggler snow goose flocks and mini migration pushes to hunt. How did we like Nebraska? WE LOVED IT! We didn’t like the weather this year but it’s going to vary each year. The atmosphere of small town Nebraska was awesome. Way different than the chaos that ensues in Mound City, MO when snow goose hunting is in season. Nebraska is a great place to enjoy spring snow goose hunting.
Overall the 2015 spring snow goose season was another fair year and similar to the 2014 season. A lot of field’s harvested in the teens and twenties. We had really gotten spoiled with all of the big days in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Those were good years and should be appreciated for the great hunting but they are not something that should be expected every year. Teen’s and twenties is an average daily harvest per field. Those that hunted the first week in Arkansas saw outstanding hunting. The weather was good and we had birds that wanted to work. It was as good as it gets. There are good, average, and slow days and years. The last two seasons have been less successful due to weather events. Weather during the time frame your group hunts has always been and will continue to be the big factor in your success. Our 2015 spring snow goose season saw a total harvest of 3426 snows. We shot six leg banded snow geese. The ages of these banded snow geese ranged from 6 to 15 years old. All of these banded birds were adults when captured so we know some could have been several years older than the date on the band certificate.