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 […]

Thin To Win in the Blind

October 20, 2009 by  
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Thin To Win in the Blind

By Chris Hustad It’s around 15 degrees, and my watch says 8 am on a late October morning in 1993. I have my head tucked under a staked-up snow goose shell, as I watch a flock of 8 snows coming at us 200 yards away. Luckily, there’s just enough wind this morning to keep the […]

Field Blinds – Are They Losing Effectiveness?

March 24, 2009 by  
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Field Blinds – Are They Losing Effectiveness?

By Chris Hustad  In my neck of the prairie, the month of November officially changes our waterfowl season to the late season. While this means changes in rules and regulations such as a season close for canvasbacks and pintails; it also means the rest of the waterfowl world will be tougher to decoy. Try decoying […]

The E-caller. Don’t Go North Without It!

March 24, 2009 by  
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The E-caller. Don’t Go North Without It!

By Perry Thorvig Twenty years ago, there were plenty of snow geese in North Dakota by the mid-October. Kenmare, Westhope, Bowbells, Bottineau, Rolla, Rock Lake, Cando, and Devils Lake were the hotspots. There were even a few on the river north of Jamestown in those days. But, those were the good old days. Now, those […]

Hot Spring Goose Hunting Gear

March 24, 2009 by  
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Hot Spring Goose Hunting Gear

By Chris Hustad There are a lot of new and existing products on the market today that are becoming popular “must have” items for spring goose decoyers in the flyways. Keep your eye on the following products to help make your hunt more efficient and successful. Field Shuttle Decoying spring snow geese is not a […]

Goose Calls Are My Weakness

March 23, 2009 by  
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Goose Calls Are My Weakness

By PJ Maguire My first goose call was a Knight & Hale Double Cluck. I don’t believe that I ever got that call to make a single honk. Now that I am older I realized it was not the call, it was me that had the problem. My father bought me a Big River flute […]

What Snow Goose Decoys Should I Buy?

February 14, 2009 by  
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What Snow Goose Decoys Should I Buy?

By Chris Hustad I think snow goose hunters spend the most money out of all species of waterfowl hunters (excluding what some duck hunters pay for their boat/accessories). It seems that no matter how many decoys one owns, it’s never enough. Ask anyone who hunts with me and I’m sure they’ll agree that I kind […]

Hunting Snows in the Spring

February 14, 2009 by  
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Hunting Snows in the Spring

As the season implies, hunting snow geese in spring is about 180 degrees different than traditional fall hunts. Much of spring snow goose hunting is time and weather dependent. The same is generally true in the fall, except then it’s cold weather systems that drive birds south. In spring, warm weather systems melt snow and […]

Approaching Spring Snow Goose Decoy Spreads

February 14, 2009 by  
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Approaching Spring Snow Goose Decoy Spreads

By Chris Hustad There’s just something about the spring season that gets me fired up. It gives me the chance to extend my hunting season, and gives me an excuse for my wife when I explain why I spend so much on snow goose decoys. And I’m not alone in this obsession. Each spring brings […]

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 […]

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 […]

Making Your Own Ecaller

February 14, 2009 by  
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Making Your Own Ecaller

By Chris Hustad It’s hard to believe that another spring season is around the corner. It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was preparing for my first spring season, an exciting opportunity to persue my favorite gamebird, the snow goose. Like all types of outdoor activities, the spring season has evolved with a boatload […]

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 […]

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 […]

Taking Advantage of New Goose Hunting Gear

February 13, 2009 by  
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Taking Advantage of New Goose Hunting Gear

By Chris Hustad (Fall 2004) Well it’s that time of year again, fall preparation season. There’s 3 times a year that I can guarantee you’ll find me in a sporting goods store or searching the Net for gear; the spring “tackle box filler”, winter “jig bonanza” and at this time, “the fall essentials”. Okay, so […]

Layout Blind Concealment Tips

February 13, 2009 by  
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Layout Blind Concealment Tips

By Chris Hustad Without a doubt, the introduction of layout blinds is one of the biggest assets to field hunters in the past decade. Every year, existing models get makeovers adding better modifications. There are many brands on the market, and many models can be found of each. I’ve hunted out of most of the […]