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|During the month of June we were able to spend a day on the water with professional walleye fishing guide Dusty Miller of the Pike Haven Resort. During our trip we had a great time and my son was able to catch his first walleye, which isn't too bad for 18 months... We had a great time at the Pike Haven Resort with comfortable lodging in the cabins and great food at the on-site Pike Haven Restaurant. Overall we would highly recommend this trip for any serious walleye or northern pike enthusiast!|
During the month of April we were able to experience one of Larry Frimann’s exceptional fully guided Nebraska turkey hunts! This one turned out to be one of those spring turkey hunts you will always remember. Every detail was taken care of by expert turkey guide Mike Meyer. We had gobblers all over the place on this hunt and were fortunate enough to pull the trigger on a nice Merriam gobbler. Overall we had a most memorable experience and would recommend this hunt to any serious turkey hunter!
During the Nebraska spring turkey opener HTN Pro-Staffer Kenny Kunz and President Dan Wennerlind took the trek over to Halsey, Nebraska to hunt the Nebraska National Forest. We had a chance to stay at the Pine Street Cabin where host Julia Rhoades-Carr treated us with good old fashion Nebraska hospitality and gave us everything we needed to head out to the public forest and have a successful Nebraska spring turkey hunt. We found this to be a great combination for the do it yourself turkey hunter…
During the month of February we rejoined our good friends at Solimar Hunting Safaris in Ole Mexico for another World Class duck and dove hunting experience. We were able to harvest over 15 different species of fully plumaged, late season ducks including: Pintails, Cinnamon, Blue Wing & Green Wing Teal, Black Bellied Whisting Ducks, Fulvous Whistling Tree Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, Mexican Mallards and many more. From start to finish this was an unbelievable hunting experience and the staff at the Solimar Resort made absolutely sure there were no travel or safety concerns!
|During the month of December we were able to make the trek up to Ontario and hunt the infamous Lake St. Clair for diver ducks with professional Ontario duck hunting outfitter Blair Ellison of St. Clair Ducks. Blair did everything he could to put us on a World Class caliber diver duck hunt. Everything on the hunt was top notch, from the custom boat blind, to the incredible decoy spread, to the lodging and meals. We can't wait to join Blair again on one of his amazing Ontario duck hunts.|
During the month of December we were able to join Larry Frimann of Black Goose Outfitters on an incredible fully guided Canada goose hunt in north central Nebraska. We quickly found out what makes Larry's guided goose hunts so special. He definitely does things a little differently up there, and let me tell you the geese are THICK where Larry is at. We had an absolute blast!!
|Named The 2014 Outfitter Of The Year! |
During the month of September we were able to join outfitter Jason Ostrander of Grey Reef Wingshooting on another one of his amazing Wyoming Upland Bird Hunts. This trip would be in quest for one of the toughest upland birds to hunt- the wiley Greater Sage Grouse. This hunt would prove to push both the dogs and the hunters to their limits but all the hard work paid off and Jason's World Class caliber Wyoming upland bird hunts proved to be another most memorable experience!
For the month of October HTN field representative Eric Ruhland and his brother Jason were able to join the crew at Cannonball Company for an unbelievable North Dakota pheasant hunt. Located in Regent, ND, in the southwest corner of the state, Eric and his brother were able to experience an upland hunt rivaling the best ranches in South Dakota. In fact they both took a limit of WILD roosters in under an hour! For all you die hard pheasant hunters, this is a must read!
During the month of December we were able to join Stephen Pridal of Ringneck Range for a fantastic Minnesota Pheasant Hunt. Hunting western Minnesota on over 1,500 private acres of premeir pheasant habitat. We were extremely impressed with the abundant amount of pheasants that we saw and Stephen's extensive knowledge of his hunting grounds! If your looking for a great pheasant hunt this is a must read!
Named The 2012 Outfitter Of The Year!
During the month of October we were able to join Jeff Colwell of Front Range Guide Service on an amazing Colorado duck hunt. After a fantastic duck hunt for widgeons, gadwalls, mallards and redheads we came back in January to experience one of Jeff’s premier Colorado Canada goose field goose hunts. With comfortable pits and a ton of little cackler geese in front of an amazing view of the Colorado Rockies this is an amazing hunt!
Named The 2015 Outfitter Of The Year!
For the month of May we were able to join outfitter Mike Adams of Bucks, Bulls And Beards Outfitters on a truly World Class caliber Kansas turkey hunt. On this trip, we had the opportunity to harvest 2 big Rio Grande gobblers. Mike really put on a show and proved that he is a turkey hunting expert! After this hunt we can't wait to join Mike on one of his World Class Kansas whitetail hunts!
During the month of March we were able to rejoin Adam Johnson of First Flight Finishers on another exciting waterfowl hunting adventure. This trip we met Adam in Missouri for a spring snow goose hunt that turned out to be one for the books. Adam was able to land multiple flocks of well over 200 snow geese at our feet! We were able to harvest 48 geese in under 45 minutes- What a hunt!
|We recently had an opportunity to join Brad Donald of Wings Of Thunder Hunting Lodge on a truly World Class caliber South Dakota Pheasant Hunting Adventure! This would prove to be one of the most unbelievable pheasant hunts that we had ever experienced. From the first class lodging and home cooked meals made from scratch daily, to the opportunity to hunt over 1,800 acres of pheasant hunting property in the heart of South Dakota. Everyone in camp had many, many opportunities to shoot big late season South Dakota roosters, over and over and over!! What a hunt- A Must Read for every serious pheasant hunter!|
Named The 2006 Outfitter Of The Year!
For the month of August we will be reviewing the outfitting services of High Prairie Outfitters. For this hunt we traveled to Deadwood, South Dakota and interviewed Dave Ciani of High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters. Dave took us on an incredible All Inclusive Archery Antelope Hunt near the scenic Black Hills. During this hunt we had a chance to see exactly what sets Dave's hunts apart from the average outfitter!
During the month of April the HTN crew joined Brian Cahalen of Goose And Duck Smackers Guide Service for a late season spring snow goose hunt. Brian has been the HTN Official Arkansas spring snow goose outfitter for over 5 years and it was finally time to get out and experience one of Brian's amazing snow goose hunts first hand. And let me tell you Brian did not disappoint! To top off the hunt, on the final evening our crew had a chance to experience the spring migration in its full glory witnessing over 1 million snow geese traveling north. What a site to behold!
|Named The 2005 Outfitter Of The Year!|
During the month of November we re-joined The Watson Hunting Camp for a fantastic Canada goose and pheasant combo hunt in western Minnesota. Owner / Outfitter Chuck Ellingson shared a wonderful experience for my father and myself with an overall satisfying hunting experience. With an overabundance of Canada geese and Pheasants in the area we had a fun filled two day hunting experience! You have to read all about this one!
NAMED THE 2014 OUTFITTER OF THE YEAR!
During the month of February we were able to join outfitter Jason Ostrander of Grey Reef Wingshooting on one of his World Class caliber Kansas spring goose hunts. One of the main draws for the first 9 days of February in Kansas is the opportunity to harvest both light and dark geese. Overlooking a spread of cover 1,200 decoys in a field full of goose tracks from the previous day we were in for a real treat. On our 3 day Kansas spring goose, we have an amazing and most memorable experience.
|During the month of December HuntTheNorth Field rep Dan Johnson and his father Phil were able to join Jim Knope of Gander Hill Goose Club on one of his fantastic southern Illinois waterfowl hunts. Gander Hill is known for their incredible late season Specklebelly and Snow goose hunting in addition to the incredible duck hunting that outfitter Jim Knope has worked so hard to create on his private managed waterfowl properties. With 17 different permanent blind set ups located on the intensely managed private marsh this was sure to be a most memorable experience.|
|Named The 2014 Outfitter Of The Year! |
During the month of October we joined Jason Ostrander of Grey Reef Anglers & Wingshooting on a fantastic Wyoming Upland Bird Hunt! Having hunted all across North America we can honestly say that this was the best Wild Hungarian partridge and Chukar hunting we have personally experienced. We are felt honored to name Jason Ostrander of Grey Reef Wingshooting the 2014 HuntTheNorth.com Outfitter Of The Year!
During the month of March we joined Top Gun Guide Service in northwestern Missouri for an action packed spring snow goose hunting adventure. For those who have never hunted spring snow geese, to sit down in a clean, dry layout blind overlooking a spread of 2,000+ decoys and have flock after flock drop into the decoys, it was an experience to remember. This was a first class hunt all the way!
Hunting spring snow geese has become a true passion of mine ever since the inception of the conservation season back in 1995. I now enjoy hunting new regions of the country and trying out the latest set-ups and strategies to trick the wary white adversaries, as much as pulling the trigger. So when I got the from expert spring snow goose hunting outfitter, Mike Adams of Webbed Feet Down Outfitters, I eagerly accepted. An opportunity to hunt the northeast corner of Colorado with a true snow goose hunting legend.
During the month of October we were able to join Nick Metzen and Greg Ward of Flight Patrol Guides on a fantastic Canada goose hunt just miles from Lake Minnetonka in the western suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. On our hunt we had several flocks of Canada geese under 20 yards with their paddles down!
Named The 2010 Outfitter Of The Year!
For the month of October we joined Mike Franklin of Pacific Wings Prairie Outfitters on a “World Class” Saskatchewan field waterfowl hunt. During the trip we took every species of goose in North America as well as some mallards and pintails. The real treat was hunting over a spread of over 650 full body decoys and having an opportunity to take a limit of mature Specklebelly geese. You won’t want to miss this one!
During October HTN field representative Eric Ruhland and his brother Jason were able to join the crew at Cannonball Company for an unbelievable North Dakota pheasant hunt. Located in Regent, ND, Eric and his brother were able to experience an upland hunt rivaling the best ranches in South Dakota. In fact they both took a limit of WILD roosters in under an hour! For all you die hard pheasant hunters, this is a must read!
Named The 2008 Outfitter Of The Year!
During the month of December we were able to enjoy a fantastic Alaskan sea duck hunting adventure with Kodiak Sports And Tour. This was more than just a waterfowl hunt, it was a true adventure. We were able to hunt numerous species of sea ducks & waterfowl as well as hunt red and silver fox & sport fish for halibut. We also saw orca whales, sea otters and sea lions while the lodging & meals were five star.
Named The 2006 Outfitter Of The Year!
During the month of April we joined Dave Ciani of High Prairie Lodge & Outfitters on a World Class spring turkey hunt in the Black Hills of South Dakota in search of Merriam's gobblers. After having a chance to experience the caliber of not only the turkey hunting that Dave has to offer as well as the overall package, including the 5 Star home cooked meals and lodging, to the opportunity to hunt with a true turkey hunting expert, this was a hunt to remember!
Named The 2013 Outfitter Of The Year!
During the month of December we were able to hunt with one of the best outfitters in the business JJ Randolph of WyoBraska Waterfowl. Hunting the North Platte River of Nebraska for late season greenheads has been on my list to do for a long time now. However hunting late season honkers in Wyoming had not been….until now. We had an incredible couple of days goose hunting with JJ and are proud to annouce him as our 2013 Outfitter Of The Year!
During the month of January we were able to fulfill a life long hunting dream. Every serious waterfowler I know has a bucket list of hunting adventures to check off before they get too old. On the top of mine was a late season duck hunt to Mexico for big drake pintails and cinnamon teal. After coordinating the 5 day trip with a good friend of mine and World Class hunter- Paul Robey (who had hunted with Solimar Hunting Adventures several times before and gave them raving reviews), I was all in! This trip did not disappoint.
During the month of November we joined Matt Raley of Hideaway Hollow Outfitters for a unique waterfowl hunting experience, targeting the King of ducks, the mighty bull Canvasback on the Mississippi River in southern Wisconsin. Hunting out of Matt's 20 ft custom boat blind, with an estimated 100,000 Canvasbacks on the river, this was the perfect setting... Read all about our experience with Matt Raley.
During the month of April we joined Todd Johnson of the Wing N Fin Lodge And Turkey Camp on an action packed spring turkey hunting / fishing combo adventure in the prairie hills of western Minnesota. Not known for it’s fantastic turkey hunting, this is truly a hunter’s paradise with more than just big gobblers running through the hills. Be sure to read all about this impressive Minnesota Turkey Hunt...
During the month of November we were able to join one of our good friends Adam Johnson on a late season Minnesota guided goose hunt. Not only did we have a blast literally, with many flocks of late season honkers trying to land in the decs but we also had a chance to get an in depth look at Adam’s spring snow goose operation coming up in the next couple months. Be sure to read all about our awesome guided goose hunt with First Flight Finishers…
During the month of October we were able to rejoin one of our favorite waterfowl hunting outfitters Phil Schmidt of Goose Busters Guide Service on a fantastic water duck hunt just west of the Twin Cities. Phil really put on a show for us this time having flock after flock of over 7 different species of ducks bombarding the spread for close to 3 hours. You won’t want to miss this one!
|Named The 2011 Outfitter Of The Year!|
During The month of November we were fortunate enough to rejoin Mike Thun and Dean Crom of Big Water Outdoors on a World Class Sea Duck / Diver Combo Hunt on Lake Michigan and the bay of Green Bay in eastern Wisconsin. Three of HTN's finest had an opportunity to test their skills at some of the most exciting and challenging waterfowl hunting found anywhere in the country. This is a must read for any serious waterfowler!
For the month of March HuntTheNorth.com field rep Jason Crook and his group were able to participate on one of Snow Goose Specialist – Scott Robinson’s premier spring snow goose hunting adventures in northwest Missouri near the infamous Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge. As Jason found out, Scott does things a little differently than most spring snow goose hunting outfitters and Scott vast knowledge and experience paid off big for the guys. Be sure to read all about it!
For the month of November we joined Mike Thun and Dean Crom of Big Water Outdoors on a fantastic sea duck hunt for Old Squaws and Scoters on Lake Michigan near Green Bay, Wisconsin. To have the option of hunting sea ducks in the Midwest was a real treat. These guys have it down pat let me tell you. Make sure to read all about this set up!
For the month of November we joined Phil Schmidt of Goose Busters Guide Service on a fantastic Canada goose / Mallard Combo Hunt about 45 minutes northwest of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Talk about action packed! We had a full limit of Canada geese in hand with several bonus mallards before they stopped servicing breakfast at the local restaurant. Be sure to read all about it!
During the month of November we were able to join Todd Lensing of Flyway Fowling Guide Service on one of his premier Mississippi river duck hunts on Pool 9 near Ferryville, WI. Hunting out of Todd’s 20’ boat blind with all the comforts of home was a treat in itself not to mention everything that the “Old Miss” has to offer.
Named The 2006 Outfitter Of The Year!
For the month of May we returned to the Black Hills of South Dakota to join Dave Ciani of High Prairie Outfitters on another fantastic adventure. This time the target was the elusive Merriam turkey. Dave proved once again why his outfitting service is second to none. We had a chance to not only harvest a beautiful Merriam turkey but to learn from an expert what it takes to be successful in tough conditions. Be sure to read all about this Fantastic Black Hills Spring Turkey Hunt...
In Fond Memory Of The Goose Guru- Shawn Eldredge
During the months of September and December we were able to participate on two separate waterfowl hunting adventures with Prairies Edge Goose Club. Shawn Eldrege offered exceptional fall Canada goose and duck hunting in Minnesota, Iowa and Missouri. In addition Shawn also offered spring turkey hunts and was a true outdoorsman.
During the month of September we were able to be review the outfitting services of First Flight Finishers. Adam Johnson offers exceptional fall waterfowl hunts around the Twin City metro area and southern Minnesota. Adam has over 30 fields around the metro area as well as 5 golf courses and specializes in decoying Canada geese. We were able to join Adam on 2 Early Canada Goose Hunts during the 2007 season.
During the month of December we were invited down to Rochester, Minnesota by the guys at Top Gun Guide Service to match our wits with some late season Canada geese. Head Guide and outfitter Matt Kostka and his crew were able to put on quite a show for us. We truly had a great time and a successful hunt with the boys at Top Gun.
In Fond Memory Of Waterfowl Legend- Dave Beam-
During the month of October we were able to rejoin outfitter Dave Beam of Beams On The Prairie in North Dakota for another go-around on a very unique waterfowl hunt. On this trip, in addition to the fantastic diver duck hunting we experienced, we also were after the almighty Tundra Swan! This was a very exiting hunt and is something avid waterfowl hunters need to experience at least once in their lifetime.
For the month of February we will be reviewing the services of Goose Busters Guide Service. Based out of the Twin City metro area, Goose Busters Guide Service offers Premier Guided Canada Goose and Duck Hunts around the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Mn. Outfitter and head guide Phil Schmidt works very hard to ensure that all hunters experience the best waterfowl hunting that Minnesota has to offer.
For the month of December we will be reviewing the outfitting services of the Watson Hunting Camp. Located in western MN near the Lac Qui Parle wildlife management area. Throughout the past year owner Chuck Ellingson has become a very good friend of HuntTheNorth.com. Over the Halloween weekend we had a chance to try out Chuck's outfitting services first hand. Chuck graciously invited us to join him for a combination goose and pheasant hunt and we eagerly accepted!
In Fond Memory Of Waterfowl Legend- Dave Beam-
For the month of May we examined Beams On The Prairie. Based out of Fargo, North Dakota. We were able to participate on two of his exceptional Spring Snow Goose Hunts. Our first adventure with Beams On The Prairie took place in February in Nebraska for a 3 day hunt. Our second hunt took place in April in North Dakota for another 3 day snow goose hunt.
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