Spring Snow Goose Hunting in South Dakota & Missouri - Eaglehead Outdoors
Spring 2015 was one to remember! The crew at Eaglehead found the geese for opening day in Arkansas. The first week of the season exceeded everyone’s expectations! Over the first five mornings we put down 1,028 geese all over decoys! The largest day was 418 geese…the memories will never be forgotten! The rest of Arkansas was a success as well, having multiple days in the triple digits! South East Missouri also gave up some quality hunts for the first couple weeks of February with quite a few days surpassing the 50 bird mark! Valentine’s Day brought the outlook of some nasty weather forecasted! There was a winter storm on the brink, expected to bring 10-12 inches of snow. We made the executive decision to pull all the spreads and head north with three spreads and leaving one behind to keep hunting AR. We learned our lesson last year…it was a no brainer to pull the spreads and get them in the trailer! With three spreads up in Mound City by February 20th, the cold weather found us and pushed a lot of thbirds over west into Nebraska and back south into Arkansas. We knew we had to keep on the geese, so we took a gamble and sent a spread to scout and set up in Nebraska. We also sent other groups as far south as Arkansas for the weekend till warmer temps were forecasted again. Finally the weather changed in our favor and Squaw Creek was holding huntable numbers of geese. Mound City never brought huge shoots, but was steady hunting with averages between 25-30 birds a day. Finally the time came to move to SD. The Migration went fast through SD with steadily warm temps throughout the first week of April. The last few days were a grind; we had to put on some miles to find pockets of geese. The effort paid off ending the season with a couple of shoots over 80 birds! It was a great season at Eaglehead Outdoors putting up our highest harvest to date for the spring season! We’d like to thank each and every hunter who came out and made this season possible. We can’t wait to see you again in the springs to come!!
Spring 2014 was by far the wildest of adventures that Eaglehead Outdoors has experienced yet! We arrived in SE MO a few days before the February 1st opener to find that some of our rice fields were still flooded and had 3 inches of ice on them! Opening day started off with a bang, with our top field putting down 164 geese!! Unfortunately it went downhill from there. With the arrival of a massive ice storm on day two of the season, we eventually had to abandon our frozen spreads in the ground and follow the geese south to Arkansas. We found tremendous bird numbers and the game was back on! We put our largest kill to date on the ground of 217, with multiple other days over 100! Once the weather broke we moved back up to SE MO and continued the grind for another week. Finally the birds were moving on and it was time to make the jump to NW MO. With two spreads set in Mound City and good bird numbers in the area the bad news hit us again!! Single digit temps and multiple inches of snow were in the forecast! Once it hit the birds were gone! With hundreds of miles behind the windshield we found ourselves back in SE MO! The birds were here and we were back on our game of killing geese! We never thought it would happen, but the unthinkable happened again, another Ice storm! We fought through it and after a week the warmer temps finally arrived! The birds were on the move as were we back up in NW MO. Hunting was good and the weather was finally cooperating. Finally it was back on the move up to SD where our season finally came to an end. In the end we have never put on as many miles as this spring, but it paid off! We harvested our largest total of birds to date! The crew at Eaglehead Outdoors would like to thank everyone who took part in the wild ride known as spring of 2014!!
The 2013 spring conservation season started early for us at Eaglehead Outdoors. We tried something new this year, by starting Feburary 1st in SE Missouri. It was an awesome experience with large numbers of birds in the area we were very successful averaging between 40-50 birds per day. We can't wait to start early again next spring!! Northwest Missouri had its ups and downs for us. It started early on February 15. The first week was good with solid numbers being harvested. Then came two consecutive snow storms! This slowed us down for about ten days with extreamly tough conditions. We had well below normal temps and strong north winds. Once the temps rose and winds switched to the south, we had some huge migration days!! The outcome was well above average with multiple days over 75 birds, even a couple over 100! We headed to SD on the 18th of March. We arrived to one of the largest concentratoins of birds we have ever seen in one area! We had high hopes until once again we were struck with snow, cold, and north winds. Hunting was tough until temps rose and winds switched to the south. Then it was game on averaging between 40-50 birds a day! Overall, it was a great season and we would like to thank all our amazing clients who made it happen. We are alrady looking forward to the spring of 2014!!
Spring 2012 got off to an early start for us at Eaglehead Outdoors!! With a very mild winter and little to no snow fall across the migration path, the birds were on the migration north early. We started about ten days early this year with the first day of hunting on February 16 in NW Missouri. From day one there were large numbers of birds holding in the area. Squaw Creek peaked about two weeks early at about 1.5 million geese. Hunting was really awesome averaging about 35 birds. With the early migration we made the jump up to South Dakota about ten days early. Nick headed north, while Matt stuck it out in MO for two more days and then made the move. SD was also pretty good. It was the fastest migration of birds through the state that we had ever experienced. By the 19th of March most of the migration had already moved into northern ND and even Canada! Overall it was a awesome year while it lasted. This will probably go down as one of the fastest migrations ever, due to warm temps and not a snow line to speak of to slow the birds down. 2012 was a very successful season, with dry conditions making it easier for us to get on the birds. Although with the dry conditions and lack of snow, it made for a shorter season than expected. We would like to thank all our clients for a great year and we are already looking forward to 2013!!
The 2011 spring conservation season was one to remember! Missouri started off questionable the first few days as we were greeted by nasty blizzard conditions the last week in February. It dumped eight inches of snow on us. With dedication and hard work we emptied out all the spreads that were full up on snow and had one of the best shoots of the spring in whiteout conditions! From then on Missouri was incredible with dry conditions, large concentrations of birds in the area, and large numbers of juvies in the flocks. This all equated to the best spring to date in Missouri! On the other hand South Dakota made us earn it this spring. Flooding was a major issue in the northern third of the state. We put on numerous miles and found an abundant number of road closed signs in the attempt to find what we would even call a huntable field. Once we found some high ground and large concentrations of birds, it was game on again! We stuck South Dakota out longer this year and were very mobile tracking down the few juvy feeds that remained in the state. In the end the gamble paid off with some of our best days of the spring. To wrap up the year we moved up to North Dakota with some good friends and ended the year with a few great hunts! The 2011 season was a huge success for us, all the way from putting down the largest number of birds in one season to date or the great memories we made with awesome clients and friends!
Ended up to be one of the hardest seasons on record just south of the North Dakota line! Weather made this spring tough. It started out looking good until Northern MO got hammered with snow and cold the last week of Feb. This pushed us south as well for a couple weeks. Then the weather man finally struck again around mid March with a sting of really mild temps and pushed the geese through South Dakota in no time! We had to work for the birds this year putting on the miles scouting trying to stay underneath the white mass! The scouting paid off with multiple days in the double digits and a few around or over the triple digits mark! Unfortunately with the birds moving so fast through the states we had our tough days where the birds just wanted to keep on migrating and we could not buy a nice shoot, with outcomes in the single digits. The 2010 spring had plenty of successful hunts and memorable moments with awesome clients and great friends!
The 2009 spring season was one to remember. We started the season in Missouri around the 20th of February. The season started with a bang, with lots of birds falling over the decoys. We were shooting over thirty birds a day, then the snow came leaving over nine inches in some spots. This made hunting tough for a few days. Once the weather shaped up the grind was on again with huge groups of birds decoying and more juvenile birds (aka juvies) moving in. The hunting just keeps getting better and better. We stuck it out down in Missouri until the 18th of March. From there we went north to South Dakota. The birds were thick but with so much sheet water it made hunting a little tougher. During years like this birds tend to spread out more over the miles of sheet water and finding a field that is suitable enough to set spread can be the biggest challenge. Despite this we still laid the smacked down on plenty of birds.
2008 over all was a challenging season. We were left a little short on resources in Missouri and the hatch was lower from the previous year resulting in lower numbers of juvenile birds. Despite the tough conditions we managed to grind it out into a descent season. The weather was typical with a late spring snow storm but overall some really nice weather days for shooting. We had a few memorable hunts with some great clients and better shooting.
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