Snow goose hunting is an addiction that runs through the veins of many. No matter how angry you can become at snow geese, it’s those days or even just those flocks that do it perfectly that keep you coming back for more. No matter how muddy, how much work it is, or how uncooperative they can be, hunting snow geese will keep you up at night and consume your thoughts months before the season.
With a record hatch reported, we had high hopes for the spring conservation snow goose season. At the beginning it felt like winter, but as spring slowly emerged so did migrating snow geese from the south. Holed up in the pit at Willow Creek Waterfowl we were ready and waiting. In snow goose hunting you ride the high and lows of the weather chipping away on the cold dreary days and bring extra shells on the warm sunny days. It doesn’t always go as planned, but on the days it does, there’s nothing like hearing those words….”Get Em”!
It’s hard to beat a morning spent duck hunting on an icy cold river. When the temperature drops and water freezes, rivers can offer some of the best opportunities for hunting ducks. Waterfowl are going to find any available open water they can and that was the case on this river hunt in Oklahoma with FowlCo. It wasn’t exactly what we had expected, but the end result was plenty of ducks from the red dirt banks of this fast flowing river.
Scouting plays huge dividends in waterfowl hunting. Knowing where ducks or geese have been, where they’re going, and why they’re going there can setup a waterfowl hunter for a lot of success. Unfortunately, knowing all this to “Connect the Dots” doesn’t guarantee success. There are times when the best laid plans don’t work out, but there are times when they do.
One of the most iconic settings in duck hunting is the flooded timber of Arkansas. While it’s beautiful to watch a flock of a few hundred mallards spin down into a field spread, there’s something special about watching a group of mallards through the trees and seeing them fall out of the sky into a flooded timber hole.
One of the best aspects of duck hunting is meeting new people and hunting in new areas. This hunt features both of those, but also flocks of field mallards!
Farming practices are always changing and many fields not get tilled under at some point during the season. While these fields can still provide food for waterfowl, it difficult to get hidden with no vertical cover. Upright blinds offer hunters an opportunity hunt these scenarios and with a little strategizing on the wind and sun angle, ducks can be fooled despite the blind literally sticking out.
Ducks don’t always read the script and as was the case so many times last year, there was a flurry of activity right at sundown, but it’s never a bad time getting to watch “The Show”.
Central Oklahoma is known for it’s waterfowl hunting. The area is loaded with grain and wheat fields than just about every species of waterfowl call home during winter which is what makes the goose and duck hunting world renowned. Right in the middle of all this action sits FowlCo.
This is one of those days a waterfowl hunter dreams of. The afternoon hunting ducks included mallard, wigeon, and pintail and that was after a morning of snow geese, lessers, and specklebelly geese. There aren’t many places you can end a hunt with more than a half dozen species of waterfowl from the same setup, but this is one of them and that’s why this area is “Canada of the South”.
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Drought…..warmth….frozen. During the 2017-2018 season, if you were a waterfowl hunter, you probably experienced two if not all three of those. No hunting seasons are ever the same and last year may have been the wildest of them all. It was a “whirlwind”, but when all was said and done, what a year it was!