Here’s a cool video of the Birdtail Waterfowl crew taking our turn with our 2800 decoy spread.
Hunting snow geese is not easy and to have predictable good hunts takes a lot.
Here’s a list of priority gear to hunt snows.
·One field of 10K snows or better J
·2000 plus decoys 60% white and 40 blue (Manitoba ratio)
·6 boxes of #1 shot / hunter
·2 Vortex spinners with flyer decoys on them
·Goose Snoose Lucky 7 to help the Vortex spinner zone.
·2 electronic callers.
Pick up your spread after each hunt.
One of the biggest mistakes we find that happens when scouting snow geese is getting fooled into believing that they will be back to the field the next morning. There is not science to it BUT investigating the history of the flock is key. Waterfowling is hunting – don’t forget the term hunt. I alos see it as you become an investigator.
Try to get your permission for the field you saw them in and be GOOD to the land owner. Do whatever they ask and go beyond. (It’s their backyard not yours)
Ask your land owner how long they have been in the field and what part. It never hurts to go see the neighbors and inform them you’re going to be hunting nearby. When you’re talking with the neighbors them ask if they have seen that flock in any other fields. If the flock has been all over the map and field hopping daily – get out. You might get a couple flights and have cold barrels for the rest of the morning.
Sometimes there is roaming flocks that don’t have a home base for feeding but have a consistent roost. We don’t mess with them.
On to next we say.
The golden scenario is a flock that has fallen in love with a field and roost more than 2 miles away. If you’re in an area where you found all the snows and they are feeding right beside the roost or daytime watering hole – get out and move areas. Odds are that you will do all the work of the spread and watch snow geese move elsewhere. You have to be away from the roost or day time water hole. Don’t get sucked into the volume of snows and think you will get the dumb ones.. You’ll be the dummy that morning.
When you find that golden field make sure you put your “birds to bed” (watch them until they fly back to water) go to the roost and make sure they are in and happy. We like to go back to the field in the dark and check it out. When you hunt them a lot you end up learning the right amount of feathers and shit there should be. Snows can eat a field out pretty quick and move to different parts of the field to find better food. We like to be on the edge of high volume of feathers and shit to low. This will put you in the leap frogging zone of the flock. This is what our decoy bling recreates. This is the hot zone – don’t be lazy and go back for beers, stay and enjoy this part of the hunt. Scouting the field is tons of fun. When the blue light hits and the first set of scouts arrive – that the moment you worked for. Blue light birds means job well done. Some of the success is in the body count but for us it’s in grace and style your limits came to yo
When talking about waterfowl hunting in Manitoba the conversation always swings in the direction of the opportunities we have, which leaves us looking spoiled, which we are. Manitoba is the Canadian hunting destination.