Whiteout Outfitters - Spring Snow Goose Hunting
What to Expect
If you are lucky enough to join us out in the field on a guided spring snow goose hunting adventure we hope to give you an up close and personal look inside the largest waterfowl migration in the United States and possibly any where in the world.
The spring snow goose migration is a sight to behold and a spectical that can leave you speechless and in some cases humbled. There really isn't any words that can truly describe how it feels to sit underneath a massive tornado of snow geese as they descend on top of you, it is both deafening and mesmerizing.
Not every day is a slug fest and more times than not some never really get a chance to fully experience the full potential of the spring migration but, that doesn't mean that the day wont be productive.
There are so many factors involved in putting together a spring snow goose hunt and mother nature is really in charge. Almost always people ask what they can expect when they come on a hunt with us and the honest to god answer is don't come with any expectations outside of being able to enjoy some time hunting with your friends or family while having the opportunity to enjoy it under the spring migration.
More often than not people come with expectations of shooting over 100 snow geese in a day and though it can happen it is very far and few between. Averages for most good outfitters on any given day is anywhere from 15-30 snow geese a day and if anyone tries to tell you differently then they really want your money more than anything else and your safety and enjoyment of the experience are not really important.
We offer you a safe and enjoyable experience as well as work very hard to make sure you have the best opportunity to shoot as many snow geese as possible. We can only use our available resources and our past experiences to try to put you in the best position possible.
With the drastically changing weather patterns and climate swings the migration is constantly changing from year to year and mobility is crucial in providing the best opportunities. So we try to stay mobile and ready to move if need be however, flight patterns can shift in a day, Migrations can happen over night, and Weather systems can move in and out changing everything in a matter of minutes. So, we ask for your patience and understanding that nature is nature and we can't control it or predict it's changes. That being said we do our best with what we have to get you what you pay for and we try to do so with you in mind.
What to Bring
When on a spring snow goose hunting trip there are alo of things to concider while you are out away from home. Licensing, Gear, Lodging, & Meals oh, and showers are nice too. Below is a list of items and things we suggest you bring or think about bringing for a snow goose hunting trip.
Suggestions of What to bring list
- 1. Shotgun - 12 gauge or larger is suggested
- 2. Ammunition - Roughly 2 boxes a day (just a good estimate) could be less could be more, 3" or larger and 2 shot or larger suggested.
- 3. State Hunting License - for the state you will be hunting
- 4. Clothing - for all weather we never know what mother nature may bring it can be 80 degrees or it could end up a snowing. Not a bad idea to bring waders cause we may hunt ponds or the fields may collect sheet water with heavy rains. Bring whatever you will be comfortable hunting the entire day wearing.
- 5. Snacks - or sack lunches we hunt all day and may break for lunch depending on how the birds are moving through-out the day. But, having something to snack on during the day is always a good idea.
- 6. Garbage Bags - we accumulate a lot of trash in our blinds & for bird cleaning. It's nice to clean out the blinds everyday and hunting in a clean blind is always nice. And leaving a clean blind for the following group of hunters is also appreciated.
- 7. Cooler - for snacks and for transporting birds when you leave.
- 8. Cushions or things like that for the blinds. They may be uncomfortable for some and cushions may be a good idea for comfort. We lay in blinds for extended periods of time and if you want to stay comfortable or if you may have back problems etc...
- 9. Cameras - you may want to get pictures of your hunts and or film your hunts. Please keep in mind there are other people hunting as well and make sure that you are being descreet about it. No filming with blind lids open or filming outside of your blinds.
- 10. Tags - Having tags or making tags with your info on them for tagging your harvested birds is recommended. At very least name address phone number information on a piece of paper for the person that is planning on claiming birds. The DNR may stop you or check you and ask who is claiming the birds and it is your responsibility to make sure you know who is claiming them.
About the Hunt
We start our hunts before sunrise and we need to be out in the field before sunrise because shooting time for snow goose hunting is half hour before sunrise and we may need to move gear and or clean up the set from over night wear and tear so, getting out to the set and getting ready is very important. First light is almost always one of the best opportunities of the hunt and to miss it drastically reduces your harvest numbers.
We hunt all day from sun up to sun down it is up to the discretion of the hunting party whether or not you would like to break for a lunch break mid day. You are welcome to come and go as you please however we ask that you be respectful to all of those who are still hunting in the field if you decide to leave the set or come back to the set for any reason.
We use around 1500 snow goose windsock decoys in our set, ecallers, and laydown blinds either the blanket style layouts with white jackets and white hats or full size layout blinds depending on the situation and the field cover. Our hunts take place on mostly private land in harvested farm fields, pond edges, and sometimes cover crop. depending on the situation we ask that you be respectful to your surroundings and make sure you dont leave trash or tear up any grounds or property.
Weather is a huge factor in snow goose hunting or for any hunting for that matter. We sometimes may need to cut short, postpone, or re-schedule a hunt due to inclimant weather that my either move in or that has moved in. We don't do refunds for weather issues but, instead can either postpone or reschedule a hunt depnding on the situation. Also, if you have hunted the majority of the day and the weather cuts your hunt short we will not re-schedule at best we may offer a discount depending on the hunt conditions and it is at our discgretion to do so.
Over the years we have seen just about everything from tornados to blizzards and everything in between so, if we have to deal with any weather issues and we believe that the weather is not safe or will cause for miserable hunting conditions and outcomes we will suggest to postpone, cut short, or re-schedule your hunt. This is just for your best interests as well as ours. Your safety and our saftey are the most important things and no goose is worth the risk.
Please if, we suggest any weather related changes we ask that you respect our suggestion and accept our changes because ultimatly it will benefit all involved and mother nature has total contol.
If, you or your party want to go through with the hunt and weather conditions are not favorable depending on the situation we will do our best to accomodate you on the hunt however be aware that the hunting may be slower than normal and it is not to be reflected on our outfit and or guides.
Tipping Your Guides
Sping snow goose hunting is some of the toughest and work intensive of all waterfowl hunting. The weather can be rough, the days are long, the nights are short, and the wear and tear on our gear and bodies is tremendous. The guides are working for very little other than to be in the field and to try to give you the best hunt they can because they love to hunt just as much as you.
We ask for all of those who come out for a spring snow goose hunt to remember our snow goose guides have given up their time and or left their own families behind for weeks and or months to chase the snow geese and to be here so that you can enjoy this time with your friends and family. So, please remember their sacrific and please tip your guides. It is not required to tip and I am not demanding it but, if the guide does a good job and works hard for you while out on your spring snow goose hunting trip this spring season please think about spotting them a little extra for the hard work they put in not only for you but for all of you. Thank you!