Well in SD last weekend the geese would stack up on the ice line in large numbers but the number of scout flocks and the size of scout flocks going north was much higher then most years. The scouts would fly as far a three hundred miles north of the ice line before turning around.
All I can say is those SOB's better get here soon or I'm going to start pulling my hair out. Two weeks ago it looked very possible we could be hunting snows in ND by the opener. Now it's looking like it will be another two weeks before we start seeing them and that's if the weather cooperates...and so far it hasn't been!
The weather is supposidly going to get better. It is warming up down south so the birds should be moving north. Just when they reach south dakota and north dakota they will be hit with snow and cold. They are saying mid 30's Sunday and next week so that should help. This cold can't last that much longer. (i hope)
If the birds are going to be late, I'm glad it's because of snow. If we can build a good snow line, we'll be able to predict when and where on a couple days notice.
We're almost done snowing for the evening in Fargo, but there's another system coming right out of Montana. It's taking the exact same path at this point and time. I think it's positioned perfectly, at least for the area I hunt. :razz:
Just looked at the snow depths and it looks like alot of snow has been melting from nebraska up to the southern north dakota border.So they should be on the move. Just got about 4 in. of snow in northern north dakota. That should slow them up when they get up here.
I was traveling all weekend from north of Jamestown down to the SD/ND border. The snow mostly blew into the ditches and tree belts. We didn't get the snow line I'd hoped for due to the wind.
I got a small tip from a guy in SD who said they have a large buildup of snows by the Missouri River. As soon as we get 40 degree temps and a south wind for a few days, you should start seeing snow geese.
According to the forecasts I've been checking, it appears the 40+ degree temps will come Wed. and Thurs. If that's true, we could get our first scout flocks Thursday.
[ This Message was edited by: Chris Hustad on 2002-03-11 12:43 ]
This is a nexrad imagery from Sioux Falls in the early afternoon. I wish I would've copied this photo earlier, as there showed 5 times what it's showing now. The groups on the left of the picture are snows. There's no precip anywhere near that area, so it's a confirmed flyway.
Where the hell are you? Mike talked to your mom the other night to get you phone number at school but all he gets is a computer answering machine. Looking to see if you are going to get a chance to go out in ND this spring. I am coming out to visit my sister in Bismarck and am going to hunt ND. Make it a little easier this year rather than picking you up and heading to SD. I am going to be there for 2 weeks, let me know what you are up to.
HOO-DEE-HOO from Wisconsin!!!
According to the ND Game & Fish this afternoon:
Nebraska officials believe they are seeing the peak of the migration, and it seems that there is a northerly movement of snow geese from Nebraska into South Dakota this morning, with geese seen flying high in steady streams over the Sioux Falls area and west.
It appears Nexrad was dead on. I'll keep nexrad images posted when the small storm system goes through.
Keep the pictures coming Chris. Those pictures you posted were awesome. So what do you guys think are the chances of hunting by this weekend? I know that if Sand Lake has birds I will be going down there.
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