Editor's Note: Several Chattanooga-area Ducks Unlimited members just returned from a "conservation" snow goose hunt in Arkansas. Conservation hunts are special late seasons established by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service specifically designed to try and reduce the over-population of snow geese. Chattanooga-area DU Chairman Chris Sanders shares the following.
Just got back from an awesome conservation season snow goose hunt with several DU committee members; Matt Woods, Tom Hackney, Jeremy Land, Bob Bezkor, Andy Olivera & Matt Wendorf. We went to Arkansas and hunted with Bayou DeView Outfitters. This hunt is most likely the best waterfowl trip I've had to date. If you have never decoyed snow geese you're missing out!
Our first day was incredible with 140 shot over the decoys, 101 before lunch! It was the best numbers day for the guide this year.
The conditions were perfect for a good hunt and the Bayou DeView owner Adam Lyrerly knew it was going to be a good day. He has a deal with Avery to create a snow goose video and sent a film crew out. There is a good chance that some of our hunt will make cut as we had a group of 300+ decoy and we got to shoot at them 3 separate volleys. We killed 50+ out of that one group.
The guide, Nick, said it best after the final volley, "Who can tell me they aren't still shaking after that!".
Photo by Chris Sanders
Our second day wasn't quite as good with only 45 down. Weather conditions weren't great which was a factor and we quit early because of the weather.
I know I'm addicted and can't wait to plan next year's trip. Watching these birds kite in was awsome.
"Kite in" might seem like an odd way to describe a decoying bird but thats exactly what they look like. The anticipation you build up as they slowly drop into the spread is almost overwhelming.