Missouri Spring Snow Goose Hunt!

KID CREOLE

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Our trip to Missouri started with the four of us meeting at "huntducks"/ Greg house and away we were toward Missouri for our crack at the Spring Snow Goose hunt.  The rules for these hunts are very relaxed, no bag limits, unplugged guns, E callers and longer shoot hours.  We arrived thursday evening and grabbed a bite to eat and then off to bed.

We started out north of Joplin, Mo. friday morning and were very surprised with the amount of snows we saw, unfortunately these were very wise old birds, they're very decoy shy and running these birds is very tough.  We managed to bag 9 snows on day one.

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Saturday morning found us leaving the hotel with temps below zero, it was as cold as I could ever remeber.  There were still lots of birds around but after talking to a Game Warden he told us we were at the tail end of the migration and that we need to go north, hint hint!

Sunday we saw some local boys get it done with a cow silouette, 6 guys, 2 cows and 79 blues and snows, WOW!

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Saturday, sunday and monday found us picking up a dozen or so more birds and it was getting to be decision time, 3 to 4 birds a day is not what we drove 1600 miles for.  Greg decided to head to Oklahoma to hunt with his brother and our partner decided to go home.  Stuart and I decided to head to Springfield and see Bass Pro Shops and talk about our options.  Here are a few more pics, the pic of the bass are fish all well over 10 pounds.

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So we fight the temptation and head north in search of, we grab a room tuesday night and get a early start and boy did we find them, there were so many geese in the air it looked like smoke in the air.  We found two groups of birds going into corn to feed.

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We got permission to hunt from the owner and managed to get 10 on the sneak,  we headed across to a row of trees and got 8 more, things are looking up!

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In the midwest the snow blue ratio is about three to one!

Thursday morning we headed out  and found more birds, we found to large spots of birds flying back and fourth, we jump shot a small bunch of about 10,000 birds and got 8, this small bunch moves a 1/2 mile or so and landed with another larger group.  Birds started flying back and forth so we found a blind and pass shot some more.  Here's a pic of our blind.

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Here are few more birds from the morning shoot.

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Here is a group of birds landing.

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Here is a pic of some birds that were lucky I had a loded camera and not a gun.  Notice how many blues mixed in.

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We ended the day with 22 birds, one of them being the largest snow I've ever seen, check him out, he's on a 50 qt. ice chest.

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As the day ended on thursday Stuart and I snuck up on a large group of birds, we hid out in some tree and waited.  As the birds fed and walked toward us the birds got to within 15 yards of us but couldn't jump them up, there were litterally 1000's of greenheads mixed in so we just sat and watched greenheads, snows and speklebellies gorge themselves on corn.


Heres a pic of some snow and blues, note how many blues.

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Here are some more pics, those are geese not floating sheets of ice.

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Our last hunt day on friday we pass shot 13 more geese while watching large whitetail deer running around us.

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This was the best hunt I've ever been on, we were amazed at how nice the farmers were allowing us to hunt and how nice everyone we spoke to was.  I can't say enough nice things about the people from Missouri.  Greg thanks for the invite again.
 

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What a tremendous trip!  The pictures are fantastic...and I love the 'blind' you used on that pass shooting.

And, congratulations on staying with it and moving north to find the birds - that is true dedication.
 

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Good fun.   I see some eagle heads and Ross geese also.
 

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Well guys I'm still here in OK. glad you moved north, I got a nice boar the other day, about 190lbs, and hit one tonight about 5:30 fallowed blood for several hundered yards and it was getting dark, went back to the house and got the dog to see if she would fallow and sure enought she took me right to it, it was still kicking and scared the s$$$ out of her she wanted to know were buddy was when she needed him, i've never seen a dog run so fast the other way when that pig moved, I gutted it out and pulled it up into a tree i'll haul it out in the AM with my brother quad.

Did you pick anymore geese up from the decoys at Ron's place?

I went back over to talk to him, before I left, when I drove out towards the road there was maybe 40 sitting in a field, I put a quick walk on them and with them specials loads of mine 4-T shot, I got 4 birds, I stopped by Overmans house and gave them to him for his 3 girls.

The fishing has been as poor as it gets.

Stef I'm leaving on tuesday i'll call you when I get home.

I'm sure glad you got into more geese and the pictures came out great.

I'll most likely be heading back in May to take a wack with Cory at some turkeys.

I had a great time with you guys, and the next trip your taking me to that secreat mallard hole.
 

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Awesome.  Thanks for sharing the pics.  I thought the flocks of snow geese at Wister got big at times.  It doen't even compare.
 

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Absolutely Incredible!  As you had said, the photos tell the story.  I'm jealous.

Way to go guys.  We all appreciate your efforts in the "SAVE THE TUNDRA" campaign.

Later.
 

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Wonderful story. Great pics. I am glad you had a good time and thanx for sharing.                 Fubar
 

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Very Nice,

With those pictures and your story you, should be working for Western Outdoor News. Nice job, after seeing all those pictures I'm kicking myself in the rear for not going.
 

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Great post and photos.Just one thing,I sure do wish you would keep the hunting in Missouri a secret for a while longer! We have hunted waterfowl there for 7 years,leased for 6, and have almost quit hunting in Ky.The 2 hour drive is a pain and the added miles on my F-150 hurts but it has always been worth it.Some of the nicest people in the world live there!
 

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Kid, you've got me so homesick I'm thinking about packing up right now  and heading to our farm in north MO or my cousin's in Iowa.

Awesome pics. If you want some company next year holler, I know north and east Missouri the best and have access to a a few thousand farm acres.

You're right about the farmers being so nice, it's one of the last places in the country you can walk up to almost any farm and be welcomed as a hunter. Enjoy it now while you can, we just lost a 1,000 acre farm we used to deer and goose hunt on to some doctors out of K.C. They bought it out and turned it into a club. Times are a changing.
 

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<font face="Book Antiqua">Great Story and Photos KC!!  I've seen shows of the fields filled with geese and it looks like you all had a blast.
It makes me want to give my relatives in El Dorado Springs, MO a call and start making plans for next year.</font>
 

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Sounds like it ended on a very good note.  I would like to try that cow sneak on some geese.  It sounds like it works good.  Has anybody done it? Any tips?

(Edited by Duke at 5:01 pm on Mar. 22, 2002)
 

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Way cool. Couple questions:
1. How many total birds did you shoot?
2. How many shells did you fire?

Looks like a great time.
 

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Hi Farres,

It was good, I went through too many shells, we shot about 75 geese.
 

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Greenhead

After I headed back north you can add another 25-30 to that.

After doing this for 3 years now I can say without a doubt the geese have gotten more weary each year, my first year you could drive stop and take pictures like you were in the closed area at Sac. last year they would let you get 70-100yd away, this year they flew when you stopped at 200-300 yds away.

Talking about shells there was one special goose that got at least 15 rounds fired at it and not a feather fell this guy circled us twice at 30 yards up.

(Edited by huntducks at 11:10 pm on Mar. 24, 2002)
 

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Great story and pics!  Thanks for sharing them!  
TimP:smile-yellow:
 

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