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More Spring Snow Goose Hunting Tips

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  • When hunting snow geese, the more calls you have the better. Try using two electronic calls plus your mouth call.

  • Nebraska, Iowa, Northwest Missouri, South Dakota and North Dakota are some of the most popular states for spring snow goose hunting.

  • Gun Loads (for 12-Guages): 3-inch BB, BBB, or T-Shot in steel. In Bismuth and Tungsten, BBs and 2s are the loads of choice.

  • Choke: improved to full, depending on how your gun patterns with the large loads.

  • Call your state Wildlife Agency for general information on season dates, regulations, and snow goose staging areas.

  • For detailed tips on hunting spring snows, check out Ron Spomer's article, "Strategies for Spring Snows," in the Jan./Feb. issue of DU Magazine.

  • Decoying: Most guides use 2,000 or more decoys, but if you aren't going with a guide, 300 to 400 decoys will do the trick.

  • Arrange decoys in a teardrop shape, large at one end and small at the other with your blind in the center.
  • If the geese aren't coming all the way to your decoys, switch from white clothes to camouflage and set up 100 yards downwind of your decoys.

  • Scouting is key. Try to hunt a field that birds were in the night before.

  • Flags and wind socks add movement to a decoy spread. Some hunters also use black and white balloons attached to poles to create the same effect.

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