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OFFICIAL 2014 HUNTTHENORTH.COM 
SPRING SNOW GOOSE MIGRATION REPORT

LAST UPDATED ON THURSDAY APRIL 17, 2014

NOTE: This will be our final 2014 Spring Snow Goose Migration Report. Due to the fact that the most all of the Snow geese have now migrated up into North Dakota and Canada for the year. We hope our snow goose migration report has been a valued asset for you this spring. Thank you to all of our reporters this spring for helping to make it another successful report each week during the 2014 spring conservation season. Please check back the first week of October for our 2014 Fall waterfowl migration report.

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TRACK THE 2014 SPRING SNOW GOOSE MIGRATION
THROUGH THE FOLLOWING REGIONS


Illinois

Missouri

Nebraska
South Dakota

North Dakota

Canada


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Illinois Spring Snow Goose Report
DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF SNOW GEESE HAVE NOW MIGRATED THROUGH THE AREA, AS OF MARCH 27, 2014 THIS WILL BE OUT FINAL REPORT FROM THIS REGION FOR THE YEAR.

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
March 27, 2014

In southern Illinois expect high temps to be 62 on Friday, 56 on Saturday, and 65 on Sunday. Lows should be 42 on Friday, 33 on Saturday, and 46 on Sunday. Skies are expected to be partly cloudy on Friday and Saturday and clear on Sunday.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

UNION COUNTY STATE WILDLIFE AREA - JONESBORO, ILLINOIS

Reported on 3/26 that they have only seen a couple of small flocks in the area this week, and it seems like those flocks keep getting smaller every day. Officials stated that most likely there will be no huntable numbers of Snow geese left in the area after this weekend.

HORSESHOE LAKE STATE REFUGE - MILLER CITY, ILLINOIS

Reported on 3/26 that they have only been seeing 1, maybe 2 flocks a day of Snow geese moving through the area now. The noted that those flocks just keep migrating overhead without stopping. They feel the spring Snow goose hunting is now over in their area for the year.

CYPRESS CREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - ULLIN, ILLINOIS

Reported on 3/25 that they have only seen one decent sized flock go over on the 24th, but other then that they haven't seen any Snows this week. Officials feel as though all of the birds have now moved through this area for the year.


REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Snow Goose Outfitter James FrerkingSNOWS UNLIMITED

LOCATION: Southern Illinois
OUTFITTER: James Frerking
PHONE: 1.888.764.1473
EMAIL:
snowsunlimited@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed Illinois Spring Snow Goose Outfitter

LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2014

James reported on 3/27 that overall they had a great spring season this year even with the crazy cold weather that came through. James noted that they actually shot 500 more Snow geese this year than they did last year for a total of 1,500 overall. James stated that they had great hunting all the way until the end when they shot 32 Snow geese last Friday before packing up their operation last weekend. At this point he noted that the birds have moved through and they have only seen a handful of small flocks flying overhead since they packed up the spreads last weekend.

Outfitter: Jim KnopeGANDER HILL GOOSE CLUB

LOCATION: Southern Illinois
OUTFITTER: Jim Knope
PHONE: 1.888.731.1297
EMAIL:
ganderhill@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed Illinois Waterfowl Hunting Outfitter
LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2014 

Jim reported on 3/25 that he is all done for the spring season! Jim stated that for the way the weather was this spring, his season went pretty good! Jim also reported that he thought they harvested about 60% of the Snow geese they would on a normal spring season, but like he stated the weather just didn't cooperate well this year. Jim finished by saying that he already getting excited for this fall to start it all over again!

Missouri Spring Snow Goose Report
WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
April 3, 2014

In northwest Missouri expect high temps to be 49 on Friday, 59 on Saturday, and 65 on Sunday. Lows are expected to be 27 on Friday, 41 on Saturday, and 42 and Sunday. It is expected to be partly cloudy in Friday and Saturday, and overcast on Sunday.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

SQUAW CREEK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - MOUND CITY, MO

Reported on 4/2 that in the most recent survey conducted on the March 31st that they are still holding 16,000 snows on the Squaw Creek NWR with an estimated 27,000 Snow geese still in the area. That number I down from 500,000 in last week’s survey. They feel that the main peak of the migration is now past their region for the year.

SWAN LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - CAINSVILLE, MO

Reported in the most recent survey conducted on April 1st that they are still holding 3,000 Snow geese on the refuge. That number is down from 7,000 Snow geese in last week’s survey. They feel that the peak of the migration has now moved north of their region for the year.


GRAND PASS CONSERVATION AREA - MIAMI, MO

Reported in April 2nd that they are now holding just 1,000 Snow geese in the area. That number also seems to be getting smaller daily. They feel that the main migration of Snow geese has pushed through to the north now for the spring.


REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter Scott RobinsonSNOW GOOSE SPECIALIST

LOCATION: Northwest Missouri
OUTFITTER: Scott Robinson
PHONE: 1.888.598.7021
EMAIL:
waterfowlspecialists@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed Missouri Spring Snow Goose Outfitter
LAST UPDATED: April 3, 2014

Scott reported on 4/2 that he finished up the last of his spring snow goose hunts last week! Scott stated that there are still roughly 30,000 Snow geese in the Mound City area. Scott finished by saying that there are only a couple hunters left in the area, and now he is getting excited for turkey season!!

Outfitter Adam JohnsonFIRST FLIGHT FINISHERS

LOCATION: Northwest, Missouri
OUTFITTER: Adam Johnson
PHONE: 1.888.565.1468
EMAIL:
firstflightfinishers@gmail.com

Endorsed South Dakota Snow Goose Hunting Outfitter
LAST UPDATED: April 3, 2014
 

Adam reported on 4/9 that they wrapped up the spring season this past Sunday in southern South Dakota. Overall Adam felt that the hunting in Missouri this year was very good and even though the spring migration moved quickly when it happened, they had consistent hunting in NW Missouri for a solid couple weeks.


Outfitter Matt KostkaTOP GUN GUIDE SERVICE

LOCATION: Central / NW Missouri
OUTFITTER: Matt Kostka
PHONE: 507.696.0208
EMAIL:
topgun@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed North Dakota Spring Snow Goose Outfitter
LAST UPDATED: April 10, 2014

Matt reported on 4/10 that they are now set up in north central North Dakota and plan to hunt in that area through April 18th. Matt stated that there are very high numbers of Snow geese in North central North Dakota at this time and overall they had decent hunting in NW Missouri while they were in that area earlier this spring.

Nebraska Spring Snow Goose Report
DUE TO THE FACT THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF SNOW GEESE HAVE NOW MIGRATED THROUGH THE AREA, AS OF MARCH 27, 2014 THIS WILL BE OUT FINAL REPORT FROM THIS REGION FOR THE YEAR.

WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
March 27, 2014

In central Nebraska expect high temps of 49 on Friday, 65 on Saturday, and 75 on Sunday. Lows are expected to be 26 on Friday, 47 on Saturday, and 42 on Sunday. Friday looks to be partly cloudy, Saturday looks to be clear, and Sunday is expected to be mostly cloudy.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

KEARNEY GAME FISH AND PARKS OFFICE- KEARNEY, NE


Reported on 3/25 that 99.9% of the Snow geese have been through the area by now. Officials said that they still see an occasional flock here and there, but don't have any huntable numbers of Snow geese left in the region left that they are aware of.


LINCOLN GAME FISH AND PARKS OFFICE - LINCOLN, NE


Reported on 3/26 that they haven't seen a flock of Snow geese in the area now for over 3 days. It is reported that there are still a few straggling flocks of Snow geese left to the south but not many and not what they would consider huntable numbers. They feel the spring migration has now moved through the state of Nebraska and is over for the most part at this point.


NORFORK GAME FISH AND PARKS OFFICE - NORFORK, NE


Reported on 3/25 that officials haven't seen any flocks of migrating Snow geese in roughly 5 days now and feel that all most all of the flocks of Snow geese have moved through this area for the year at this point.
REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter Kalend McCurdyMIDWEST MIGRATORS

LOCATION: Rainwater Basin – SE Nebraska
OUTFITTER: Kalend McCurdy
PHONE: 1.888.796.3746
EMAIL:
midwestmigrators@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed Nebraska Spring Snow Goose Outfitter

LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2014

Kalend
reported on 3/27 that at this point they are all wrapped up for the season. Kalend noted that he has heard a few reports from around the state this week that there are a few small pockets of birds scattered throughout the state but nothing that he would consider huntable numbers. Overall Kalend felt that the season went well considering the actual time spent in the field was cut in half from an average year due to the cold winter blast that came through during the prime time of their season. Kalend said they simply had to adapt to what Mother Nature threw at them and make the best out of the situation. Kalend said they are almost booked solid for the 2015 season already and new for next year they will be offering some earlier spring hunts in NE Arfkansas for anyone that is interested.


Outfitter JJ RandolphWYO-BRASKA WATERFOWL

LOCATION: Rainwater Basin – SE Nebraska
OUTFITTER: JJ Randolph
PHONE: 1.888.400.6505
EMAIL:
wyo-braskawaterfowl@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed Nebraska Waterfowl Hunting Outfitter
LAST UPDATED: March 27, 2014

JJ reported on 3/25 that he finished his season last Saturday. JJ stated there haven't been many birds in the area for the last week and a half and he hasn't seen any Snow geese at all in the last couple of days. JJ also reported that the vast majority of Snows moved through his area in about 10 days ago. JJ said that the switch just shut off just as quick as it turned on! JJ finished by saying the season this year was really shortened by the weather and only went strong for about ten days, but they still had a very good overall season harvesting over 1,100 Snow geese.


Outfitter Jeff ColwellFRONT RANGE GUIDE SERVICE

LOCATION: Southwestern, Nebraska
OUTFITTER: Jeff Colwell
PHONE: 1.888.781.3086
EMAIL:
frontrange@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed Colorado Waterfowl Hunting Outfitter

LAST UPDATED: March 20, 2014

Jeff reported on 3/27 that they just wrapped up the season in west central Nebraska earlier this week. Jeff stated that for the past 10 days they did not see a lot of Snow geese migrating through the area but the ones they did see decoyed well so the hunting, although slow, was consistent each day until finally there was just a small trickle of Snow geese remaining in the area and they had to call it for the year. Jeff noted that they had a solid week of migrating birds move through the area a couple weeks back and the hunting was excellent but the birds seem to push through a little too fast this spring making for a small window of excellent hunting. Overall Jeff said he was happy with the 2014 spring snow goose hunting season.

South Dakota Spring Snow Goose Report
WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
Last Updated April 17, 2014

In east central South Dakota expect high temps to be 60 on Friday, 65 on Saturday, and 68 on Sunday. Lows are expected to be 44 on Friday, 37 on Saturday, and 44 on Sunday. Friday and Saturday look to be partly cloudy and Sunday look to be clear.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

SAND LAKE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - ABERDEEN, SD

Reported on 4/15 that they still a couple small localized flocks of Snows around the area. It is reported that all the flocks are juveniles ad this may be the last push through the area for the spring.

HURON WETLAND DISTRICT - CENTRAL, SD

Reported on 4/15 that they haven't seen any Snow geese in the area for at least a couple days now and feel the migration has ended in the area for the spring.

MADISON COUNTRY WETLAND DISTRICT - SOUTH EAST, SD

Reported on 4/15 that the last flock of Snow geese seen was on April 13th and they were heading north. Officials feel there may be a few small lingering flocks hanging around but overall they feel the migration is over.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter Adam JohnsonFIRST FLIGHT FINISHERS

LOCATION: East Central, South Dakota
OUTFITTER: Adam Johnson
PHONE: 1.888.565.1468
EMAIL:
firstflight@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed South Dakota Snow Goose Hunting Outfitter
LAST UPDATED: April 17, 2014
 
Adam reported on 4/15 that although he has wrapped up his spring season last week, he has heard several reports this week that there are still some small juvenile flocks of Snow geese still lingering in South Dakota. However Adam expects that they too will have moved out of the state, headed north by the end of the weekend.

Outfitter: Jason OstranderGREY REEF WINGSHOOTING

LOCATION: West Central, South Dakota
OUTFITTER: Jason Ostrander
PHONE: 1.888.552.3179
EMAIL:
greyreef@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed Kansas Spring Snow Goose Outfitter

LAST UPDATED: April 3, 2014

Jason reported on 4/2 that he has now officially wrapped up his 2014 spring snow goose hunting season. Jason stated that overall he had another great season with his most consistent and successful hunts this year being in north central Kansas. Jason said that once he got up to Nebraska it wasn't more than a week before they made the move up to South Dakota trying to keep up with the migration and from their the birds just kept going north. Jason stated that this was one of the fastest migrations he has seen in years once the birds hot the SD border. Jason wrapped up his season last weekend but has heard that the Snow geese may have pushed back south again with the storm earlier this week.

Outfitter: John LuttrellLUTTRELL KENNELS / LEGACY OUTFITTERS

LOCATION: Eastern South Dakota
OUTFITTER: John Luttrell
PHONE: 605.532.4142
EMAIL:
luttrell@itctel.com
LAST UPDATED: April 10, 2014

John reported on 4/9 that the vast majority of birds have now moved north and out of the area. John stated that there area still some smaller flocks of Snow geese around but not the numbers that have been there over the last couple of weeks.

North Dakota Spring Snow Goose Report
WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
Last Updated April 17, 2014

In north central North Dakota expect high temps of 52 on Friday, 59 on Saturday, and 65 on Sunday. Lows look to be 36 on Friday, 36 on Saturday, and 42 on Sunday. Friday looks to be partly cloudy, there is an 80% chance of rain on Saturday, and clear on Sunday.

REFUGE / WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA ACTIVITY:

TEWAUKON NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - CAYUGA, ND

Reported on 4/17 that they have only seen a couple hundred Snow geese this week in the area. They stated that the peak of the migration pushed through their area about 2 weeks ago.


ARROWWOOD NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE - PINGREE, ND

Reported on 4/15 that they currently have good concentrations of Snow geese in their area. Officials feel that numbers have almost doubled in the last week and the hunting is really picking up now. They expect the birds to stay in the area for another week before they start losing more than they are gaining.
LAKE ALICE NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE -  DEVILS LAKE, ND

Reported on 4/15 that they feel the spring snow goose migration is near peak numbers in their area this week. They stated that there are large flocks of both juvenile and adult birds all over the area this week.


REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Matt KostkaTOP GUN GUIDE SERVICE

LOCATION: North Central North Dakota
OUTFITTER: Matt Kostka
PHONE: 1.888.821.6275
EMAIL:
topgun@huntthenorth.com

Endorsed ND Spring Snow Goose Hunting Outfitter
LAST UPDATED: April 17, 2014

Matt reported on 4/15 that a lot of the Snow geese that had pushed up into Canada last week, have now pushed back into North Dakota and that has slowed things down a bit. Matt stated that there are still a lot of birds to push through and plans on hunting in North Dakota until May 10th. Matt stated that they still have some openings available and he is offering a 4 day special for $600 if you mention HuntThdeNorth.com!

Outfitter: Kyle BlanchfieldWOODLAND RESORT / NORTHERN FLIGHT G.S.

LOCATION: Devils Lake, North Dakota
OUTFITTER: Kyle Blanchfield
PHONE: 1.888.576.6282
EMAIL:
woodlandresort@huntthenorth.com

ENDORSED NORTH DAKOTA HUNTING LODGE

LAST UPDATED: April 17, 2014

Kyle reported on 4/17 that they have had some pretty cold temps recently and although they have seen good numbers of Snow geese in the Devils lake area over the past couple weeks, he feels they still have a huge mass staged to the south that will make for one more nice push through the area, most likely next week with the warmer temps predicted. Kyle also noted that his guides have been out hunting but so far it has been pretty slow. he is hoping with the warm temps next week that they will end the season on a good note.

Canada Spring Snow Goose Report
     WEEKEND WEATHER OUTLOOK:
Last Updated April 17, 2014

In southern Saskatchewan expect high temps to 48 on Friday, 51 on Saturday, and 64 on Sunday. Lows are expected to be 35 on Friday, 28 on Saturday, and 34 on Sunday.  There is a 60% chance of rain on Friday, partly cloudy on Saturday, and a 40% chance of rain on Sunday.

In southern Manitoba expect high temps to be 44 on Friday, 50 on Saturday, and 55 on Sunday. Lows are expected to be 34 on Friday, 31 on Saturday, and 35 on Sunday. Friday looks to be partly cloudy, there is a 40% chance of rain / ice on Saturday, and it looks to be clear in Sunday.

CANADIAN WILDLIFE SERVICE REPORTS:

WEYBURN FIELD OFFICE - WEYBURN, SK
Reported on 4/9 that they have been seeing some decent sized flocks arriving in the past couple of days, and expect the new flocks of Snow geese to keep showing up daily now!

LAST MTN LAKE FIELD OFFICE - LAST MTN LAKE REGION
Reported on 4/16 that they haven't seen any sign of the Snow goose migration into the area yet. Officials feel that they could see the first flocks as soon early next week.

DAUPHIN LAKE FIELD OFFICE - DAUPHIN LAKE, MANITOBA
Reported on 4/16 that they haven't seen any Snow geese in the area yet this year. Officials said that they only have a few flocks of Canada geese in the area thus far but expect Snows to start showing up within the next week to 10 days.

REPORTS FROM THE FIELD:
Outfitter: Ryan MarshRJM GUIDING

LOCATION: Saskatoon Region
OUTFITTER: Ryan Marsh
PHONE: 306.961.6926
EMAIL:
rjmguiding@inet2000.com
LAST UPDATED: April 17, 2014 

Ryan Marsh 4/17 that the first big flocks of Snow geese are just starting to filer into his area this week. Ryan noted that they still have some snow and ice on the ground with very little sheet water so he expects that it will be a little while yet before it is game on!

Outfitter: Craig HenryACE WATERFOWL

LOCATION: South Western Manitoba
OUTFITTER: Craig Henry
PHONE: 1.866.810.8711
EMAIL:
craigh@highspeedcrow.ca

LAST UPDATED: April 17, 2014

Craig Henry reported on 4/17 that they saw a good push of Snows move into the area for 2 days before another nasty winter storm hit that pushed the birds out. Craig noted that as always the SW corner of the province is now seeing some Snows show up but for the most part they still only have about 5% of bare ground showing and got hit with another winter storm last night. Craig expects the big flocks to start arriving in the province within the next week or so as soon as the weather warms up and noted that 2 years ago the entire migration had already moved through by this time.





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