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Up North Outdoors, Inc. has run snow goose hunts since 2001. We have run hunts in several states, but we have focused our efforts on Arkansas, Iowa, and South Dakota the past couple of seasons. These states have major snow goose migration corridors where massive flocks migrate, providing decoying action.
Peak hunting occurs late January through early April during the Conservation Order. This season, known as the Spring Snow Goose Season, has been in effect since 1999 to help control the snow goose overpopulation. It has liberal laws allowing the use of electronic callers, unplugged guns, and most states have no daily or possession limits.
We kick off the spring season in Arkansas. Arkansas usually starts its spring goose season on February 1, and we continue hunting through late February. There is a large number of snow geese that winter in Arkansas. In addition to these birds, there is a steady supply of snow geese migrating through that have spent the winter in the southern gulf coast states and Mexico.
Our next stop during the spring snow goose 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. Up North Outdoors, Inc. was one of the first to guide snow goose hunts in that area. In 2015, after 14 seasons, we left the Squaw Creek area because of the excessive hunting pressure. Iowa allows our snow goose spreads to be set well north of that hunting pressure but still catch the vast strings of snow geese that leave the refuge heading for South Dakota.
Lastly, we move to South Dakota to hunt snow geese on the last leg of our season. We set up just south of the North Dakota border. Even though the weather can be more unpredictable, South Dakota has always been a favorite stop of our guides.