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    Doug Leier In the spring of 1999 I was working as a game warden when the first ever spring light goose conservation season arrived. The purpose then and still to this day is to reduce light goose (snow goose) populations during the spring as the birds migrate toward their nesting grounds in...
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    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...
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    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...
  4. Canada Goose Hunting
    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 birds on an...
  5. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  6. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  7. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  8. Canada Goose Hunting
    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 shortly after he found out how...
  9. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  10. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  11. Canada Goose Hunting
    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 more...
  12. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  13. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  14. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  15. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  16. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  17. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  18. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  19. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
  20. Canada Goose Hunting
    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...
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