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Meeting the Outfitter on the first morning of the hunt
Looking through the decoys from the blind
First days birds
Field boss George checking the decoys one more time
The Muck Boy crew will
be in Mound City, Missouri the weekend of March
9th, for a spring snow goose hunt. This is a hunt
we have been talking about and trying to plan for several years
and finally all of our busy calendars fit for this weekend. We will
be hunting with Snow
Goose Chasers, who have been doing
this for ten years and have a great track record for putting their
clients on the birds. As all waterfowlers know this hunt will be
subject to the birds migration, you can only be in the path of the
spring migration, the rest is up to the birds.
We will be updating this page when ever there are new updates about
this adventure and every day of the trip, so check back to keep
up with the action.
2/26/2012 - Snow Goose
Up-Date -In and around the Mound City area the population continues
to build the bird count was over 1,000,000 last Thursday.
3/4/2012 - We
have good news and bad news - First the bad news all the storms
that pushed through the mid-west the past two weeks, looks to have
pushed out most of the local geese that spent the winter around
Mound City. Now for the good news, there are still plenty of geese
to come through this area from Arkansas, Texas etc.. The long range
weather forecast for next week, has warm temperatures and clear
skies in the forecast, we are hoping this will trigger a push of
new birds from these states. State Tuned!!!!
3/8/2012 - 9:10am
Central Time - On the road and we are nearing Springfield Il, had
some rain showers earlier, but right now the sun is out and still
a little chilly at 35 degrees. More later ----
3/9/2012 - We met
our Outfitter Scott from Snow
Goose Chasers at McDonalds at 5:00am in Mound City and what
a show, there must have been over 100 trucks, trailers etc..meeting
up with their outfitters in this small town north of the Squaw
Creek Wildlife Refuge. Scott explained to us where we were going
and who we would be hunting with. We followed Scott out to our field
about three miles east. There we met George our field boss (guide)
and JP, George's trusted assistant, for the weekends hunt. The mornings
first hunt was slow, it looked to us like the birds had fed in the
fields all night, because most of the birds, we did see were headed
back to the refuge, they didn't even try to decoy. George and JP
told us it should be better in the afternoon.
The afternoons hunt was a little better just like George and JP
said, there seemed to be a few mores birds interested in decoys
than in the morning. After a little rearrange of the spread. We
managed to take five.
3/10/2012 - Hunting
was fairly good this morning, our group took six more birds. Later
in the morning the sky "Filled" with
geese coming in from the south and east - wish all this activity
would have turned into more birds for the afternoon but that didn't
happen. George and JP couldn't have done more, adjusting blinds
and decoys to play the wind trying to entice the birds, but it was
not to be, maybe it was the mid 60 degree temperatures,
but who really knows. At the lunch break we took a drive through
the Squaw Creek Wildlife Refuge
just to see how many birds had came in from the morning flight.
The refuge personal said they were still counting over 300,000.
In my mind that's a lot of birds, but in most years at this time,
there are more than 1,000,000 birds. There is a weather change on
the way and maybe this will get the birds to cooperate a little
better in the morning.
3/11/2012 - The weatherman's
forecast for light showers and light south winds was 100% correct
for this mornings hunt. We didn't see nearly the amount of birds
as we did Friday and Saturday but the few we did see decoyed and
we took six more on Sunday's half day hunt. We are packed up and
on the road headed back to Michigan.
We want to "Thank" the guys from Snow
Goose Chasers they could not have done more to make this trip
a real pleasure. Scott our outfitter kept calling us before the
hunt to let us know the progression of the snow goose migration
and even a couple of times he thought we may want to cancel because
it looked like the migration was over, but we had decided we wanted
to go and see what this spring goose hunting was all about, glad
we did and we are already booked for next year.