2-2-17 - Now We're Rollin'
A flip switched the last couple days and got the birds and snow goose hunters alike in a tizzy. Isn't that what's fun about this game? Bird reports from Illinois and Nebraska were rolling in as concentrations have grown the last couple days. The popular refuge in NW MO (I think we'll just keep calling it Squaw?) is reporting 150,000+, pretty big numbers for this early in the year, although not completely unheard of.
That's not to say the normal go to places in the South aren't still your best bet. That's where the banner shoots have been coming across the board already this week. Way above "average" is the word with high numbers of juvies to play with. Many 100 bird days to start the season with several reliable reports of 200+ bird kills happening now. But the best part is even the low hunts are being reported as steady and solid with numbers in the 20's and 30's being common.
A couple warm days are in store for next Monday/Tuesday which will have geese jumping again. But cool again after that. Don't worry if your still 3 weeks out from starting your hunts, you're not behind the game, yet! Some are just getting an early crack.
1-31-17 - It's go time!
Yesterday marked the official opening day of the 2017 spring snow goose season, heck yeah! Reports were solid across the board, although the weather was not perfect for killing huge numbers even if it was the first time they heard the callers since October.
Geese have already made one solid jump North with decent concentrations built up in parts of Southern Illinois (opening tomorrow) and Missouri (opening Feb. 7). Further West in the flyway the birds are also spread out although most reports we have heard are from Kansas and South (Feb. 13 opener). It's always nice to get an early start to this season and it looks like these areas will be rockin' as soon as they legally can be.
Temperatures look average over the 10 day forecast with nothing crazy in sight. There is a small snow line across South Dakota and Iowa right now although that really shouldn't come into play for another 3 weeks at minimum. We all know a lot can happen in 3 weeks!
Good luck if you're season is now open!
1-25-17 - Return from the South
We just returned from a quick duck and specklebelly hunting trip south to Arkansas (check out the Nomad Chronicles), and have news to report....IT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT SPRING! The juvie numbers in the flocks down there are high, like really high. We saw mega snow goose feeds all over the grand prairie of NE Arkansas, not surprising, but it certainly got us excited.
We did not see any snows on our way home through Western MO and the Kansas City area, even with the warm weather we experienced last week. That doesn't mean there aren't a few there, we just didn't see any. We have received reports of snows and specks pushing up into southern Illinois which should have huntable numbers for the opener in a couple weeks.
Snow is blanketing the midwest again today, re-structuring that snow line we lost with the warm temps last week.
Less than a week to go! Get your scout on, there are going to be some big numbers put up by this time next week!
1-12-17 - Welcome to 2017
Raise your glass to a "normal" fall migration and the deep winter freeze of 2017. We've had temps well below zero the last week here in the midwest. I'm not sure on accurate snow totals for the season but they are certainly deep enough to move any migrants that may have had short stopping on their mind well into their traditional wintering grounds.
Reports from this fall indicate a great juvie hatch to play with this upcoming spring. A pleasant relief after the near bust of a hatch we had to work with last year. This should mean BIG days on the horizon for those in the right place at the right time. Where and when that will be is the best part of the spring snow goose game....you just never know!
One place to start though, opening day of the CO in the South. It's less than 3 weeks aways and with a mid January thaw on the horizon there will be all sorts of opportunities out there to start the year off with a BANG!
Now is the time to pull out your gear, get the e-callers in order, and rig up more Deck Boss Flyers. The anticipation is all part of the game!
We'll be updating this report on a regular basis once we get closer to GO TIME!