Month: February 2019

Hanging Out In Arkansas

The guides are just hanging out at the house now that water is back down. This morning we hunted until about 10 am. After leaving the field we worked on repairing and pack gear in hopes that someday Iowa will unthaw and we can get back to guiding snow goose hunters. It was a good … [Read More]

Preparing For The Move

We pulled decoy spreads today. A couple spread were left in spots that are traditionally better later in the year.  It was a nice sunny warm day. The next couple of days there are south winds and warm temps. I think we are going to hunt in the morning and work in the afternoon.  A … [Read More]

Best Day In A While

Today was the best day we had in a while. All the fields that hunted a full day were in double digits. One field hunted the afternoon shooting only 1. The thunderstorm we had was overblown. We really only had to take a couple hour break in the middle of the day. In the afternoon … [Read More]

Seen A Bunch Shot A Few

Several of the fields have a ton of birds by them. Those that hunt those fields see thousands of snow geese. Most want little to do to with us.  It’s never been this hard, but yet it is. 

Out Of The Swamp Into The Tundra

Groups hunting Iowa March 1-7: We are going to have to do something different due to the colder and wetter weather pattern this year. Brad will be calling you and giving you three options. You can move to Arkansas hunting anytime between Feb 24-March 3rd. Currently, there are a lot of birds in the area … [Read More]

Bubba’s Back!

Bubba and his white umbrella are back. With all the rain it is coming in handy. It’s keeping the food dry as he delivers it to the field of hunters. As I’m typing this it is flat pouring rain out. We already have a lot of rain. It is supposed to rain all night. The … [Read More]

Like Water Off A Dog’s Back

There are a ton of birds in some of the areas. Glassing them, there are a lot more Ross geese in the mix. That has not equated into improved success so far. Tuesday has rain in the forecast. It depends on which forecast you choose to look at but the radio said between now and … [Read More]

Banded Ross

I forgot to mention yesterday we got our third band for the year. You can tell we are in adult birds when the band ratio if high. This one was a young band for white geese. It was banded as an adult in 2017. Making the bird at least 3 years old. There is a … [Read More]

Today had a cloudy and cold start. We saw a lot of birds heading south from the north…again. Guides are seeing more Ross geese but even they are not acting as you would expect. They are decoying better than the snows but there is plenty of them just blowing us off.  I know there are … [Read More]

Short and Sweet

Today it rained – again. Hunting was slow. I think the slow hunting, rain, and staying in a motel is starting to have any effect on my guides. What do you think of their new rain caps? 😆 

Valentines Day

The high field today shot 22 birds while all the others had slow hunting. On the bright side 21 of the 22 were Ross geese. That is the first time we have seen any number of them. It was just in that field but it is a change. Ross geese tend to decoy better than adult … [Read More]

Water Everywhere

Water levels in some of the fields dropped today but the road going to our house increase a lot. Water on the road is higher than last spring. I imagine it will be a couple days more before we get back in there. The Cache River is close to a record high if I’m reading … [Read More]

Flooding Continues

Yes, that is a flooded laydown blind. There are about 10 inches of water covering this field.  Water is right up to the bottom of the windsocks. We are going to have to do something with it.  All groups were able to hunt today because we are not 100% full this week. There are a … [Read More]

Monsoon Season?

The rain from yesterday continued through today and into tomorrow morning looking at the forecast. All but one of the groups hunted some part of the day. High field shot 6 but that was the only success. We need the rain to stop, sun to shine, and the wind to come from the south. The … [Read More]

Not Much To Say About Today

  I don’t have too much to say about today’s hunting. It rained all day and forecasted for the same tomorrow. Up to 6 inches for the two day total. Only two groups braved the rain and they left before noon. All fields are going to be wet so come prepared. We are ready for … [Read More]

Working Birds

This morning I had the first working birds in several days. Too bad it was short lived and mine was the only field to see it. We ended the day with 14 but it was nice to see birds looking at the decoys rather than just keep flying. In the afternoon a cloud bank moved … [Read More]

Another Band

Another band today. Banded in 2011, hatched in 2010 or earlier. It was at least a 9-year-old bird. Today was really cold in the morning. Flock after flock came from the north heading south. In my field, I couldn’t get a bird to bust out of those migrators. In some of the fields they did. … [Read More]

Pouring to Freezing

Today started out warm with rain. At times it rained really hard. The temps dropped all day until by sunset it was in the thirty’s. Tomorrow’s high is going to be in the low 30’s. All but one field called it quits by noon. One group of guys went out this afternoon. The high field for … [Read More]