Year: 2021

March 13 – A Slower Day

Watch this video on YouTube Today was the first in a while where everybody, but 1, had single digits. These days happen. The number of snow geese in the area remains solid. There are two staging areas that are holding good numbers. We just need the right ones to fly over the fields. Looking at … [Read More]

I Know – I Missed A Day

Yes I missed a day of posting yesterday and I have not been doing videos. All of this due to the most precious commodity in the world. TIME or lack of it.   The hunting the last few days has been a carbon copy of most of the hunting for us in Iowa. A little better … [Read More]

It Blew So Hard…

A decoy body was ripped off the stake flying 200 feet in the air until you couldn’t see it anymore. Now that is some wind! We had mixed results today but that is getting to be a pretty typical scenario for 2021. The highest field shot 30, low was 0. We are in for a … [Read More]

50/50

  We got our first band of the year. As we get deeper into the conservation order the bands come by harder and harder. They don’t band snow geese like they once did in the early years. Hunting today was a little slower than the last few days, half the fields were in the average … [Read More]

Solidly Average

Another solidly average day. Our best field shot 29, a big group of family that all wanted to hunt together. There is always one field that goes astray and they shot a 0, saw plenty but no players I guess. They happen at times.   Iowa’s success is far and away better than what we saw … [Read More]

Solid Day

More than half our fields were in the twenties but the rest were in single digits. Our success is swinging as wildly as the temps this year. As I sit here in the motel typing this post, several flocks of geese have flown over head. The weather this week looks to be amazingly warm. As … [Read More]

Out Of The Freezer Into The Sauna

The crazy weather that plagues the 2021 spring season continues. Arkansas was way colder than normal. So far Iowa has been way warmer than normal. The high field shot 27 and the low field shot 1. Some of the fields see a lot of birds while other are not seeing that many. The ups and … [Read More]

Best Day Of The Season

The weather continues to be good and so does the hunting. We have had 3 days in a row with an average in the average range. That just was never the case in Arkansas this past year. Today was our best day of the season. If this hunting continues, which I have seen no reason … [Read More]

70 and Sunny

What a beautiful day! It was nearly 70 degrees. The last three days have been lower wind early in the day. Many of the fields would have big spins started only to fizzle out at 120 yards up. It’s still pretty cool to see.  Our best field today was 20. He had high migrators cutting … [Read More]

This Is Spring Snow Goose Weather!

Since we started in Iowa the hunting has improved slightly each day. March 3 was one of the better ones, not because we killed the most birds. Everybody saw plenty of birds. If we had wind we would have crushed them early. Most of the guides said they had a number of huge spins that … [Read More]

Day 2 Iowa

Jim, Curt, Brock, and I made our way from Arkansas up to Iowa. Man, what a difference in bird numbers and snow on the ground. Temps hit 62 today. All of the fields were between 9 and 15 but one. They shot a zero. I just happened to be taking Jim and Curt to show … [Read More]

Last Day In Arkansas

This weekend saw pretty slow hunting but a ton of birds have moved into the area. Steady streams of snow geese came from the south even in the cloudy rain. Today was the last day of our Arkansas snow goose season. None of the groups hunted because it rained pretty hard. Jim, being Jim, hunted … [Read More]

Cloudy Gloomy Day

The weather today was cloudy, gloomy, and wet. The hunting was ok for 2 of the 3 fields. Our highest field shot 12 on our lowest got a 0. There was a big push north but it was hard to get any to peel out to work the decoys. The 0 field had a huge … [Read More]

Snow Geese Show Up In Iowa

Friday we finished setting the last two decoy spread we brought up from Arkansas. The first day we had no problem poking the decoy in the ground but on day two we moved farther west. The ground was more frozen so we pull out the cordless drills. The first day we saw a good number … [Read More]

Setting Spreads In Iowa

  Watch this video on YouTube The blinds disappear against these terraces. It was a long day. We set 7200 decoys, 80 flyers, 16 rotary machines, and adding camo 36 laydown blinds. Truman and Nate raked up many cartloads of stubble. The temps were nice, but we didn’t see a snow goose. We saw a … [Read More]

Youth Hunter Gets His First Snow Goose

Watch this video on YouTube   Both of our Arkansas groups of hunters shot in the ’20s. A young man got his first snow goose…made lifelong memory. A tremendous number of geese pushed north, many snow geese, but an equal number of specks. Both fields said there got specked over, meaning a big flock of … [Read More]

Why I Hate The Long Range Weather Forecast!

Smartphones and 10-day weather forecasts make being a guide a lot harder.  When the weather doesn’t look good the phone starts ringing. I knew better, but I was getting it from both ends. My guides and our hunters. All but a couple we have been able to hunt NW MO or SW IA by the … [Read More]

What Happened?

For 10 days we have been waiting for this cold weather to break. It finally did, south wind and 50 degrees. Yet we saw very few migrators. Most of the flocks that we saw showed up after 5 pm.  Ideal conditions didn’t lead to ideal hunting. Tomorrow will be warmer with a stronger south wind. … [Read More]

The Plan Is In Place

The planned move to Iowa is set. Up to 4 groups will hunt in Arkansas through Feb 28.  Wednesday six of us drive up to Iowa. Thursday, Friday, and maybe Saturday we will start to set decoy spreads. Most likely, we will be drilling them into the ground given the temperature this past week. On … [Read More]