Toye claims he saw over 75K today around Squaw Creek Refuge (Missouri), but most returned south. There has been some reports of small flocks showing up south of the Rainwater Basin in Nebraska around Beatrice.
Weather is supposed to stay stable, than get REAL COLD later this weekend...which should stall the migration considerably. But the forecast shows the highs back into the 50's next week.
It sounds like everything is really opening up again...so I assume there will be a big push later this week, and again next week. (assuming the forecast is close to accurate)
8) Last week my brother in-law who live's in Nebraska said that there were snow geese in the Kearny area how many i am not sure but it is a reliable source. I am ready for the big push as long as it is on a weekend . Hope your snow goose hunt goes well. Monte
New report to add. From what I have been reading on other sites it appears that the snows are beginning to enter NE in good numbers, even a few scout flocks in extreme southern SD. The weather this weekend will stop most of them in NE and MO would be my guess.
I live in Kearney and they have been feeding a half mile from my house on the outskirts of town the past week. Today we traveled to Hastings and saw quite a few flocks, still nothing like when they are really thick around here. They are also moving further west every year.
I am going to make a "mirror decoy" this weekend.
Always up to try something different.
Anyone have suggestions for a non-breakable highly reflective mirror-like material I can glue to plywood?
From all of the reports I've gathered and a couple phone calls, my best guess is this:
There's still a good amount of birds in Texas holding for more favorable migrating conditions...there also appears to be a lot of birds stacked in S. Kansas, also waiting to move...a guy who I hunted with last fall just got back from Arkansas and there's quite a few and really bunched up (shot 70 in 3 days)....Illinois still has a lot holding, but I think they've been there awhile....and a guy at waterfowler keeps claiming there's a good amount moving through the rainwater basin in NE??? I didn't know if they were even pumping yet or at all, so I'll pass that off until I can confirm it.
Conflicting forecasts the next 10 days, so it's hard to tell how much ground the birds will have to work with everything frozen for 3 1/2 states south.
I drove home this afternoon from Sioux Falls to Fargo. Saw many flocks of Canada geese in the air and feeding from North of Sisseton to just south of the ND/SD border. White geese shouldn't be too far behind.
Didn't see any open water or anything close to it. The flocks on the ground were mostly feeding with one flock landing in a CRP field that was somewhat matted down. Must be using the rivers, although even the rivers down by Sioux Falls are still iced over tight. Best guess would be there is some open water over by the refuge west of Wheaton MN.
I am familiar with the area west of Wheaton.Mud lake and lake Traverse are locked as is big stone.The dam at big stone,I believe, has a warm water discharge that holds geese most of the year according to a buddy of mine that hunts in that area.
The snows are down south still. all that cold weather last week had them packing and flying south.
Word has it there is still some on the coast in texas and LA but most of them are inland towards AK, OK, Northern Texas and Northern LA.
The area around kansas city had lots of geese until the weather got cold and now there is only a few around. Some may have creeped back in with the warm friday and saturday weather but now it is cold again. Tomarrow will be warmer and the week should bring good thing.
Wed in predicting a dropp in temps for just that day and then it will be back to normal.
I think they will be charging as fast as they can to get up in to the dakotas. with the right weather, they could blow right by kansas and the basin area.
Who knows. I will keep posting as I learn more. I have a lot of time right now to make calls. Fell off a 16 ft step ladder and now I am confined to a chair with a bad knee. Maybe I will get lucky and heal up before its too late.
Got reports of birds heading north in OK, KS, AR, MO, and IL.
The birds are finally getting a little warmer weather and some south winds.
The Nebraska Parks page just updated and they're reporting some bunches starting to show up. It also appears that they have a lot more open water than I anticipated...but the next 36 are going to stay cold so they'll probably hang up in the southern edges until Thursday and Friday.
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