The spring snow goose season

March 20, 2013 by  
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The spring snow goose season

The spring season is only open to light geese – snows, blues, and Ross’s. Species identification is important because white-fronted and Canada geese travel with light geese. The season is closed to whitefronts, Canada geese, swans and all other migratory birds.

Spring Snow Goose Hunting

February 22, 2012 by  
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Spring Snow Goose Hunting

by Doug Leier Since 1999 North Dakota hunters have had a spring hunting opportunity besides turkey. While overall interest and participation in turkey hunting overshadows the spring light goose season, those with a decade of spring snow goose hunting experience, and first-time participants alike are looking forward to the 2012 season, which opened Feb. 18. […]

Motion Snow Goose Decoys – Dare to be Different

February 22, 2012 by  
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Motion Snow Goose Decoys – Dare to be Different

Dare to be Different How many snow goose decoy spreads have you driven past over the years? Seriously, think about it. What did you notice? I swear most snow goose decoy spreads are close to the same. They consist of 300-600 snow goose decoys (usually windsock type), around a 4-12 flyers and maybe a circling […]

G+H Weather Vane Decoys Deal

December 12, 2011 by  
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G+H Weather Vane Decoys Deal

Buy 3 six packs get free shipping!! These words are music to all waterfowlers’ ears. G+H Canada Goose Weather Vane Decoys are the ticket for realism in the field. Simple to set up, light for travel, and they move with the slightest wind always realigning themselves. No more days of getting up and moving the […]

March in ND

March in ND

By Doug Leier We’re each afforded our own perspective on the beginning of spring. Sports fans point toward baseball’s spring training, turkey hunters anxiously await the April 9 gobbler season opener, and you could fill up pages with other events or notable milestones that people consider as an unofficial arrival of spring The calendar, of […]

2005 Spring Light Goose Outlook

March 24, 2009 by  
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2005 Spring Light Goose Outlook

By Doug Leier The variables of each hunt, whether from day-to-day, season to season or species to species, are like fingerprints between humans – no two are ever the same. Sure, there are similarities, like spending opening day with the usual crew in the same field year after year. But the unique aspect of hunting […]

The Population Ecology and Population Genetics

March 24, 2009 by  
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The Population Ecology and Population Genetics

By Charles Gorecki Lesser Snow Goose is one of three species of snow geese; the other two are the Ross’s Goose and Greater Snow Goose. All three species are migratory waterfowl that fly south each year for the winter and then back north to the arctic tundra in the spring to reproduce. The life history […]

2003 Snow Goose Migration Chronology

March 24, 2009 by  
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2003 Snow Goose Migration Chronology

By Perry Thorvig Snow geese begin their migration in late August. By early September, a few of them appear in Saskatchewan. The big migration from and across North and South Dakota occurred on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 30 to November 1 in 2003. The following chronology describes the year’s migration.   September 7-13, 2003 […]

Spring Goose Hunting in North Dakota

March 24, 2009 by  
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Spring Goose Hunting in North Dakota

By Doug Leier North Dakota’s spring snow goose conservation season is in progress, but since the birds are just beginning to arrive, it’s a good time to reflect on the past five years of this recent hunting opportunity. The spring conservation season on light geese was one of several responses to an elevated population of […]

Saskatchewan Waterfowl Hunting 2003

March 24, 2009 by  
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Saskatchewan Waterfowl Hunting 2003

By Chris Hustad The snow goose migration was extremely predictable when I was growing up. On the waterfowl opener in North Dakota, you could find my family staging at the Gateway Inn along with a hundred thousand snows along J. Clark Salyer Refuge by Westhope. We didn’t have to question whether or not huntable numbers […]

Hooked on Snow Geese

March 24, 2009 by  
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Hooked on Snow Geese

By Perry Thorvig Some who have tried it are apathetic when it comes to waterfowl hunting. Most of those that walk away from hunting have failed to have those premier experiences that can hook a hunter forever. This is the story of how four hunters got hooked on North Dakota waterfowling. My brother-in-law, Ken Carlson, […]

The Youngster’s First Hunt

March 24, 2009 by  
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The Youngster’s First Hunt

By Perry Thorvig I had waited for several years for the day when my son Erik would be old enough to sit in a North Dakota stubble field and watch the white specks lose altitude and tumble into a decoy spread. Ken Carlson and I had experienced a great flight of birds in 1994 and I […]

North Dakota Or Bust!

March 24, 2009 by  
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North Dakota Or Bust!

By Perry Thorvig Some hunters will do anything and endure a lot of hardships to make their annual hunting trek to the North Dakota prairies. I am one of those guys. This story is not about shooting birds and decoy layouts. It is about the adversity we hunters endure to pursue a few flying fowl. […]

Getting Hardcore for the Spring Season

March 23, 2009 by  
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Getting Hardcore for the Spring Season

By Jason Phillips The passion that waterfowlers exhibit may be unmatched in outdoor world. This passion is perhaps most evident during the Spring Goose Season. The Spring Season extends the waterfowling season and has become one of the most anticipated times of the year for waterfowlers throughout the flyway. The challenge of decoying birds that […]

Spring Goose Season – A Lesson Learned

March 23, 2009 by  
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Spring Goose Season – A Lesson Learned

By Jason Phillips  I  learned a very valuable lesson during the snow goose migration this spring, a lesson that will definitely help me bag more birds next year. The weather in the northern plains this past winter was anything but typical, so it was no surprise that the snow goose migration was also unpredictable which […]

Spring Snow Goose Hunting Ethics

March 23, 2009 by  
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Spring Snow Goose Hunting Ethics

By Doug Panchot What does hunting the snow goose in the spring mean to hunters? To many it is another opportunity to get out in the field once again and too enjoy the time with friends and family. Too others it is a mission to go out and shoot as many birds as conceivably possible. […]

Spring Snow Goose Decoying Tips (2007)

February 14, 2009 by  
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Spring Snow Goose Decoying Tips (2007)

By Chris Hustad I love this time of year. The snow geese are pulling out of their wintering grounds in route up north, pushing as far as Mother Nature will allow them. Today there might not be a goose in the state, tomorrow there could be hundreds of thousands. I’ve setup a decoy spread in […]

Snow Goose Decoys

February 14, 2009 by  
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Snow Goose Decoys

By Chris Hustad The month of August marked the beginning of decoy making season when I was growing up. We would meet in the backyard one of our hunting partners where we would put our ideas to the test in our always evolving snow goose spread. We made our own shell decoys from life-size to […]

Getting Ready for Spring Snow Geese

February 14, 2009 by  
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Getting Ready for Spring Snow Geese

By Doug Leier For many hunters, spring turkey season ushers winter out the door. I prefer to kick start spring much earlier, marked by the return of snow geese. South Dakota’s spring snow goose season opened Feb. 1, in what should be the heart of winter. North Dakota’s season opened Feb 18. While it still […]

So You Wanna Be a Spring Snow Goose Hunter?

February 14, 2009 by  
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So You Wanna Be a Spring Snow Goose Hunter?

By Chris Hustad It’s that time of year where winter is inching closer to spring, and my email box will begin to fill up with various questions on using decoys for spring snow goose hunting. Don’t get me wrong, one of the main reasons I started Nodak Outdoors years ago is I can’t talk enough […]

How to Make Northwind Decoys

February 14, 2009 by  
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How to Make Northwind Decoys

By Jed Fluhrer “GanderGrinder” With the fall hunting seasons over and the winter months already upon us there is no better way to avoid cabin fever than a midwinter project. If you’re like me you are reminiscing over past hunts and looking forward to March and April (or whenever your season runs) when you can […]

Convert Shell Decoys to Floaters

February 13, 2009 by  
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Convert Shell Decoys to Floaters

By Chris Hustad with help from Tyler Ellenson If you’re reading this article, then I’m assuming you have an interest in decoying snow geese. Whether you’ve been doing it for years, or whether this is your first step in giving it a try, welcome to the insane world of hunting snows. If you take snow […]

Snow Goose Decoy Spreads

February 13, 2009 by  
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Snow Goose Decoy Spreads

By Perry Thorvig The following is a description of decoy spreads deployed on a recent hunting trip. There were two groups hunting. Each group had about 500 decoys. They consisted of Northwinds, Last Looks, shells, and various flags and kites. There was no frost on the decoys any morning. E-caller’s was used only once. During […]

How To Stay A Step Ahead Of The Migration

February 13, 2009 by  
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How To Stay A Step Ahead Of The Migration

By Chris Hustad Spring snow goose hunting has become one of my favorite seasons. While still close to its infancy, it has provided some of my most memorable waterfowling experiences. Whether it may be fooling a migrating flock of snows into shooting range or watching flock after flock of whitefronts, canadas and ducks land in […]

Spring Snow Goose Stratagies

February 13, 2009 by  
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Spring Snow Goose Stratagies

By Chris Hustad Snow geese are tough to hunt. That’s a reality that everyone needs to understand before they head out to the field. There’s really no magical combination of decoys that will bring in the birds, and you normally can’t set up in just any field and get shooting. Sneaking a flock is sometimes […]

Goose Recipe

February 13, 2009 by  
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Goose Recipe

Here’s some favorite goose recipes of ours. Goose Recipe Ingredients: 4 large goose breasts 6 tablespoons of salt 3 containers of BBQ sauce (kraft works fine, and it’s cheap) 1 container of favorite BBQ sauce (I like Famous Dave’s “Rich and Sassy”) Mustard Hamburger Buns I like to prepare it the night before the hunt, […]

Spring Snow Goose Decoy Tips (2003)

February 13, 2009 by  
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Spring Snow Goose Decoy Tips (2003)

By Chris Hustad 2007 Decoy Tips If you plan to hunt in the spring, especially over decoys, there’s a lot of work involved compared to the fall. The following is a list of tips and tactics we use to make the whole experience a little easier. –You don’t need a fat wallet to amass a […]

Planning a Waterfowl HuntingTrip to Canada

February 13, 2009 by  
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Planning a Waterfowl HuntingTrip to Canada

By Justin Gatzke Well, it is getting down to crunch time. We are officially less than two months away from the big waterfowl hunting trip to Canada. Coordinating a hunting trip can be a series of headaches if you let it overwhelm you. There is lodging to find, licenses to buy, trailers to stuff, and […]