Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Snow Goose Hunting in Missouri!



Spring Snow Geese at Squaw Creek NWR.

The current situation with the snow goose is the perfect example of why hunting is so important. In recent years, the snow goose population has sky rocketed. If the numbers went unchecked the goose population would become so dense it would compromise their habitats, food supply, and increase the chances of disease. Hunting provides the perfect way to keep the numbers steady and the snow goose population healthy.


Missouri is an excellent place for any sportsperson who wants to try their hand at goose hunting. If you want to be successful in your venture, there are some things you’ll need to keep in mind.


Snow geese aren’t stupid. It doesn’t take them very long to learn that it’s hunting season, and once they do, they become very wary. The earlier part of the season will provide you with the most opportunities to bag a bird. Truly successful hunters arrive in Missouri several days before opening day and scout out locations and even put together a team of fellow hunters. They look for places that will appeal to the birds, and which also provide enough natural camouflage that the snow geese won’t spot the humans when they fly over.


If you want to be successful during spring goose hunts, you’re going to have to invest in some really good decoys and take your time setting them up so they look like a natural flock. The sight of the decoy flock will lure the live geese into thinking that it’s a safe area to land and feed. You’ll want to set up the decoys well enough in advance of day break so you have time to get to a camouflaged place that the geese won’t spot you.


Don’t assume that just because you’ve found a great place for snow geese that you’ll be able to hunt. The farming season starts earlier in Missouri than it does in other parts of the country and some farmers won’t be happy if they find you hunting on their property while they’re preparing their fields without permission. Make sure hunting is allowed in the area you’ve staked out.


If you’ve never hunted before, you should seriously consider taking advantage of guided goose hunts. These provide you with the perfect opportunity to learn about the area as well as the use of equipment you might not have. The guides will do their best to put you in a place where you’ll spot birds. The best thing about the guided goose hunts will be the amount of knowledge you can glean from the guide. You will want to take full advantage of their experience. For more details visit http://www.showmesnowgeese.com/