This post is being sponsored by Snow Goose Chasers
Over the last four years the Muck Boy crew has been in North West Missouri for a spring conservation order snow goose hunt. In this post we offer some of the things we found that can make or break your next hunt.
First – After you have selected your outfitter, make sure they have your cell phone number and they are willing to call, to keep you updated on weather conditions and the current phase of the migration. You must be flexible, you may have to change your hunt dates, hunting locations up to and including the state your hunting, if you want to be successful. Most outfitters have good gear such as electronic callers field blinds and decoys, but ask anyways to make sure what they have will satisfy your requirements and that they and their guides will be ready to do everything they can for you to shoot birds.
What phase is the migration in? The breeding adults for the most part are always first to start migrating and are the hardest to hunt, because these birds being hunted almost year around and have been educated to the ways of the snow goose hunter. If the juvies (young non breeding birds) are around they are not as educated and may decoy better.
What is the weather? Wind speed, wind direction, clouds, sun, temperatures all play a part on your success.
Bird Take? Don’t expect to shoot a truck full of geese, can it happen yes but it is rare, in fact it’s rare to get a hundred bird day. Most outfitters will pad their numbers a little, but remember they have a large investment and need to fill blinds to pay the bills, expect from five to fifteen as an average and if you do better, consider yourself lucky.
A list of details to be successful – Blinds: must be completely covered with the waste crops from the field your hunting. No blind bags, shell boxes etc.. outside the blind that are not covered with the waste crops, it’s better if these items are in the blind with you. No hunters rubber necking, this is a hunter trying to take a peak outside the cover of the blind, thus sticking their head out, this is the guides job, yes its hard but it’s what is required. Tying to hide up to eight and sometimes even more blinds and humans, is itself counter to what it takes to get adult birds to commit. So keep your head down and inside the blind. We believe that the decoys need to spread out at least one full step between each, no decoys laying on the ground, no socks leaning front to back or side to side. If the birds are flaring or not finishing the guide should move the fliers, start or stop the vortex or maybe dismantle them completely because every day is different and its even different from morning to afternoon
Squaw Creek Refuge – If you are hunting or traveling through the north west of Missouri during the spring, make sure to visit this resting place for thousands of snow geese and other waterfowl. Other birds that may also be seen include Bald Eagles and White Pelicans.