With the crazy weather we have been having across the Midwest many of us our wondering where are the geese? My guide contacts have been telling me that most of the geese are stacked up in the northern half of Arkansas and southern parts of MO, IL, and Kansas. As soon as the weather breaks […]
If you have not heard about the snow goose hatch of 2018 it was not good. All my guide contacts have been telling me their fall kill up in Canada had less than 5% juvies. Compare that to last year where the juvie kill was upwards of 60% and it can spell tough hunting….for those […]
Water hunting for Canada geese is getting more popular each year. The excitement of a huge honker crashing the water like a cannon ball is something I look forward to each fall. Being from MN I am blessed with lots of public water hunting opportunities and have taken advantage of it for years. Leverage what […]
While driving to the goose field each morning I am always thinking or talking about the mornings strategy. Big spread or small spread, how will we start talking to those first few flocks, and who will be working the flag? Plus, the most important decision, donuts or no donuts? Sound familiar? But back to the […]
Five Mistakes Made By Early Season Goose Hunters 1. Poor Location Location is the name of the game when it comes to early season geese. There is no such thing as being on the “X” or running traffic when there are no birds in the area. I know this can be a challenging thing to […]
The snow keeps piling up and a nice snowline is forming for us snow goose hunters this year. On years like this it will make for more opportunities across the board. Checkout the current snow cover map here: During the conservation hunts of 2016 and 2017 we had minimal snow cover. The birds were almost […]
On tough days you can pull your hair out trying to figure out why the snow geese are not finishing. If you are hidden like a ninja, adjusted your decoys, played with the e-caller volume and they are still not finishing it is time to get underneath them and go vertical. You can kill a […]
Hunting during the deep freeze is my personal favorite condition to hunt. The birds are grouped up, they are in full plumage, and are very responsive to the call. By using the tips below you can take advantage of the extreme cold weather. Safety First Always follow the rule of “Live to hunt another day”. […]
Hunting ducks near a refuge or anywhere there is a lot of hunting pressure can be very frustrating. The hunting is really good after a new push of birds but after a few days the ducks seem to figure out where the refuge boundaries are and avoid hunters. The next time you run into this situation […]
Duck hunting can be fantastic when those final few fronts move in during the late season. But to enjoy this weather not only do you need to dress warm but you need to have set your decoys correctly, calling right, and shooting fast. By using the tips in the video below on setting your decoys, […]
When the temps start to drop and the snow starts to fly I begin to think about hunting late season geese. And my favorite way to hunt them is over water. There is something special about watching those huge birds waffle right into you water spread and making them splash down. Over the years I […]
Below are some tips from how to dress to choosing a location that will make your late season hunting safer, more enjoyable, and more effective! Dress for the conditions in layers The quickest way to get cold is to break a sweat and then sit still. Managing you layers so you do not break a […]
Every year I strive to be a more effective duck hunter and analyze the mistakes I find myself and other making and try not to repeat them on the next hunt. Sounds easy right? Yet I find myself and other making these more often than they should. Below is a summary of the top 5 […]
When the conservation season first started, the sounds on the market were terrible. But the snow geese had never heard an e-caller before and they worked well. Eventually crystal clear sounds hit the market like our SnowTalker recordings and hunters were able to crank up there e-callers to incredible volume before distortion. In those early […]
If you watch any big flock of snow geese on the ground you will see nothing but hopping and flapping snow geese. They are a greedy bird that seems to have a solid case of ADHD. They can never sit still. As a snow goose hunter you want your spread to mimic this movement. Not […]
Setting a decoy spread properly is more than just choosing the right shape. Paying attention to the details like where to put your snows, blues, and headed decoys can really add to your success. I will assume for now that you have chosen a general shape on how you want to set your decoy spread. […]
Once you have decided you are planning on setting up for a traffic hunt, how you set your decoys largely depends on how many days you plan to hunt the same field and the size of your decoy spread. Traffic Hunt Decoy Spread For Single Day Hunts Or Small Spreads: If you only plan to […]
I am often asked when is the best time to plan a spring snow goose hunt. The easy answer to that is whenever you can get out. That being said in the past 10 years spring snow goose hunting has changed tremendously. With the biggest change being the amount of pressure these birds see on […]
I recall my last duck hunting trip during a big cold front like it was yesterday. The winds were howling and the duck gods had greenheads diving into the decoys. Limits were easy and it made you feel like the best duck caller ever. The hunting continued to be good for a few more days […]
Public land ducks are rarely easy. The first few days of hunting after a big migration day can be fantastic. But if the Mother Nature does not blow any new ducks into your area, the hunting can get progressively worse. Ducks start acting like they have master’s degrees in decoy spread and duck call avoidance. […]
Each morning there always seems to be the question of how many decoys to set. On public land this gets even more challenging as you throw into the equation fellow hunters in the flight line of birds. Below is my thought process I go through each morning on public land after choosing a spot. Is […]
Storage of your equipment properly is very important. By following these steps below prior to storing your decoys, electronic snow goose call, guns, blinds, trailer, and clothing you can be assured they will be ready to go next year. Decoys: Windsock decoys – Clean off all the stake to make sure they are free of […]
A few years ago I posted what is probably the most valuable video on motion decoys for snow goose hunting. It is a video on what I think is the most effective snow goose hunting decoy on the market today. It is a rotary machine. In the video below I teach you how to place […]
Timing your spring snow goose hunt The phase of the migration you are hunting plays a huge role in what you can expect on a hunt. In the information below I will break down the migration into three different phases, how you can figure out what phase you are in, timing the phase you want […]
Imagine you are out hunting in that perfect spring day. 15mph south winds, bright blue bird skies, and the geese are on the move. The decoys are set, e-callers are rocking, and the guns are loaded. You hear that favorite sound, a gravelly “squawk”, you look up to geese stacked up one after another in […]
2015 Spring Snow Goose Hunting Tip#1 – Today we’ll talk about decoys. Decoys, Decoys, Decoys. I receive more questions about decoys than any other topic when it comes to spring snows, and for good reason, it is critical to the hunt. Decoy questions usually revolve around the following topics and by following the advice in […]
How to make a comeback goose call Watch the video below to learn how to make an effective comeback call!
The Deadliest NOTE you can make! How to make the SPIT note is revealed below:
2014 Snow Goose Hunting Tips to help you decoy more snow geese!
The snow goose has gotten smarter, hunting pressure heavier, and the flow of information on what works and does not work on geese happens overnight thanks to the internet and smart phones. There are no secrets anymore! What does all the above mean? It means you have to be on the top of your game to consistently decoy snow geese.
My favorite spring snow goose hunting condition is south winds and sunny. It is not only relaxing, but it is simply the deadliest weather when it comes to decoying large flocks of snow geese.
Late season goose hunting with snow on the ground demands sleeper shells be used!
Late season goose hunts can be some of the most challenging and rewarding hunts of the year. Depending on where you live, you could be faced with below zero temps, deep snow, and stale birds. This can make hunting very tough…
Tips on hunting out of a duck boat.
This video shows you exactly how to make the spit note!
Performance duck calls and instructional materials have been helping duck hunters like you, consistently become better duck callers and harvest more ducks.
Performance Goose Calls have empowered goose hunters and professional guides to consistently become better goose callers and harvest more Canada geese. And they will do the same for you!
Successful snow goose hunting over decoys is largely dependant on current weather conditions. Wind, snow, fog, and anything else that limits a snow gooses ability to exam your decoy spread will surely increase your success…
Snow Goose Decoy selection plays an important role in your ability to decoy snow geese. A snow goose decoy needs to have a few basic qualities to make it effective. Snow goose decoys need to be realistic, durable, have some motion, ability to float when hunting over water, and sometimes lightweight and portable if you […]
Selecting the right snow goose call is more important in the spring conservation season than it is during the fall. During the spring conservation season you can use electronic calls…
You can increase the effectiveness of your electronic call by playing the most realistic snow goose call recordings on the market like the “Snow Talker” and by adjusting the volume of your electronic snow goose call while the snow geese are working your snow goose decoys…
Snow goose hunting in Missouri is some of the finest wing shooting the Midwest has to offer. You can hunt light geese in both the spring and fall, but the “Show Me State” really shines during the Spring snow goose conservation order. Each year in…
Setting out an effective snow goose decoy spread is one of the most important yet least understood aspects of snow goose hunting. Hunters want to find that magic shape that will bring down every flock they see. This is far from reality…
Flagging for snow geese is one of the most effective yet under utilized tool in a snow goose hunters bag of tricks. To flag properly a snow goose hunter needs to have…
Waterfowl forums in their purest form are a gathering place for internet surfers to exchange ideas on their favorite sport. Visiting waterfowl forums can increase your knowledge of waterfowling and extend your waterfowl hunting season. In the off season you can…
Location when duck hunting is critical to your success. Use the tips below on your next timber duck hunt and I guarantee you will kill more ducks.
When most people think of timber calling, they think of food chuckles and single clucks. Take timber calling to a whole new level, a level I call aggressive timber calling. Aggressive timber calling is sounding like 20 demanding hen mallards, at a volume level…
The following system is very effective when trying to teach yourself or someone else how to blow a duck call. This is what I do with clients to help them become a proficient duck caller and it works.
Passionate duck hunters and callers often ask me at sport shows: How do I become a better duck caller? This may seem like a very simple question with a simple answer but it is not. Read to learn more…
Once you have learned how to blow a duck call, your next step is learning when and where to use you new duck call. The where is the most…
Watch this video to learn how to set your goose decoy spread on No Wind Days.
Watch this video to learn how to setup your goose decoy trailer.
Watch this video to learn how to choose a goose call based on weather.
Selecting the proper goose hunting supplies from the beginning can save you money and increase your success. Below is a list of items necessary for successful goose hunting over decoys…
A properly tuned short reed goose call can make you a better goose caller. In the right hands, a tuned goose call is louder, more responsive, and more efficient than a call that is out of tune…
Do you ever wonder why the old timers seem to constantly kill birds with their resonant cavity goose calls and their calling vocabulary of a single honk? It is because they can read the birds and react with the specific call the geese want to hear. Knowing how to read the birds is an essential part…
When I hunt next to other competent callers in the field I most often hear some sort of contest style routine. When the geese are way off, they hail call, as they approach they start increasing their clucking speed, and finally they finish the geese with some low feeding growls and…
Silhouette goose decoys are a very effective and sometimes only decoy option a goose hunter has. The silhouette decoy has many goose hunting advantages when set up properly, but can be an ineffective decoy when used alone and set up poorly. Below is a list of suggestions goose hunters can use to increase their success while goose hunting over silhouette goose decoys…
Motion in a goose decoy spread is essential to finishing snow or Canada geese to within shotgun range. I will discuss below how I prefer to add motion to my snow and Canada goose decoy spread from far away up to the finishing zone…
Choosing a goose decoy spread properly plays a large role in your goose hunting success. A Canada goose decoy needs to have a few basic qualities to make it effective….
Duck hunting boats have changed rapidly over the past few years. But choosing a duck hunting boat that is right for your hunting situation has not. Below is a list of suggestion duck hunting boat buyers should be aware of…
Placement of duck decoys is an often overlooked details of duck hunters. With most duck hunters looking forward to increasing the realism and productivity of their spread, proper placement of duck decoys is a very effective tool in…
Spinning wing duck decoys can be one of the most deadly tools a mallard duck hunter can use. There effectiveness has decreased since their introduction, but using the following tips can increase the effectiveness of your spinning wing decoy.
Using goose floaters to help kill ducks is not a new idea. For years hunters have placed there token four confidence goose floaters off to the side of their main duck decoy spread which often consists of 100 or more duck decoys. Always trying to be different in my goal to be…
Use these tips on your next late season hunt and you will kill more birds!
Goose hunting blinds have evolved from military netting draped over conduit into portable layout blinds. Using the new layout style goose blinds will make you a more successful and comfortable goose hunter.
Learn why silhouette goose decoys are my choice for a decoy when hunting in the snow.
How to make an effective comeback call.
If you hunt ducks in the snow, you know how deadly yet challenging this weather condition can be. By focusing on the tips below you will kill more ducks on your next hunt in the snow.
Watch this video to learn effective tactics for hunting late season ducks when it is starting to ice up.