Our 2011 spring season was one of our better years. Total harvest was 5366 snows. The weather was much better than 2010. We shot 11 leg bands and one white neck collar which is a pretty low for the number of birds we shot. We also shot 3 blue phase Ross geese. All of these trophies went home with the hunter who shot it or won it in our drawing.
Missouri Recap: For the second year in a row some of our best hunting was in February when we had very few hunters. The last few years we have seen a trend of groups wanting to hunt mid March. It is a good time, but it is certainly not the only time hunting is good. We have had hundred bird days from early February to mid April. Weather is the biggest factor. Adverse weather can happen at any time or place during the spring season. There is some very good early hunting that is getting missed by you guys. A prime example is our first full day hunt on Feb 21, 2011 with 70 birds shot. They followed it up with 24 and 50 the next two days. That’s good hunting and we had only one group booked.
South Dakota Recap: Birds were late arriving in northern SD. We pushed back some hunters but two groups were already in route when I called so we pulled up stakes and moved them south. By the second weekend the birds were within driving distance of the lodge in NE SD. There was a lot of windshield time but it paid off. South Dakota was very consistent hunting.
Squaw Creek in Mound City Missouri
Deadly Decoy™ flyers are sweet
Another fine day in the snow goose decoy spread
MI shooters on day 2 of their snow goose season
There was a lot of flooding in parts of SD. We scouted this area but left it. Although it was closer to the lodge and held birds it was next to impossible to find a road that was not covered or about to be covered with water. The water can cause huge washouts that will swallow a vehicle if you were unlucky enough to drive into one in the dark.
Lesser snow geese
Lucky hunter with a banded snow goose.
Snow geese in flight
South Dakota snow goose hunting
Neck collared snow goose
Who says you can’t kill snow geese in the snow? Another successful snowy snow goose hunt.
Above average day snow goose hunting
Missouri spring snow goose hunting
CO boyz have hunted snow with us a long time
February snow goose hunt in Missouri
Guide Billy Martin waiting for the next flock of snow geese on our South Dakota snow goose hunts.
Guided snow goose hunts
Best of our 2011 snow goose hunts. Five hunters shot 130 snows.
Snow goose outfitter
Guided snow goose hunt
Deadly Decoy™ Flyer Flock
CA boyz are back for a guided snow goose hunt
Electronic snow goose calling is effective
Cousins on day number 2 of their snow goose hunt
Good snow goose migration
Gabrielle (left) and her friend joins our hunter in the field for a few days of snow goose hunting. She runs the South Dakota lodge, cooks the meals, and loves to hunt snow geese.
Snow geese migration
Some days it’s the little things that make our snow goose hunts successful. When it snows we get out the snow covers so the blinds disappear.
Our full day hunts run to sunset.
A nice day hunting snow geese.
Our second largest day on our 2011 snow goose hunts. One hundred three snows shot by 6 hunters.
My cousins with on an average day snow goose hunting
Snow geese are attracted to our large decoys spreads. Here is another big day in the fallow field.
MI shooters with some lesser snow geese
South Dakota Snow goose hunts
Snow geese harvest over Deadly Decoys™
Morning hunt for the Seros party. Another groups was moved in for an afternoon hunt…93 snows between the two groups with a two hour break between groups.
A strong migration of snow geese on this day allowed this group of 8 hunters to harvest 90 birds.
Snow goose hunting South Dakota
Success in the snow goose decoys
Many say you can’t kill snow geese in the snow. This picture proves otherwise.
Spring snow goose season
Clint displaying some trophy snow geese
Up North Outdoors offers guided snow goose hunts
Snow goose gallery
A little snow didn’t stop these snow geese from decoying.
snow geese 2011
snow goose hunting in missouri
We hunt a variety of fields. The traditional corn fields are hunted most often but over the years we have learned to trust our “gut feelings” when selecting fields. This sometime leads us to take a calculated risk as in this picture. This particular field was a fallow in 2010. It is in a great location and has a long track record of success. This risk rewarded this group and many others with above average hunting and it had a high day of 93 snows. Our years of experience and a long track record of success is an important asset to consider when choosing your snow goose guide.
Another baned snow goose