The spring snow goose migration is moving along at a rapid pass as spring weather spreads to the Central and Mississippi Flyways. In the past 30-days, snow goose numbers at Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge have soared from zero, to 643,000 on 3/11 and back down to 210,758 on 3/18. Habit conditions have also varied greatly as the refuge was 95% frozen just three weeks ago.
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Timing the spring snow goose season is risky business. Each spring mid-continental light geese push to the edge of the snow line and run the gauntlet north to their breeding grounds. This year, limited amounts of snow cover and a quick spring thaw have opened a fast-track migration deep into the northern prairies.
The past week has proven quite successful for hunters from southern Illinois all the way to South Dakota. While numbers have diminished quickly in central portions of the flyways, the late fliers are decoying well and the harvest continues.
Hunters in North Dakota are reporting fair to poor harvests at this time as leading groups of adult birds are blowing through the state quickly. Hunter success is expected to increase over the next week as juvenile birds continue moving north.
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Waterfowler.com reminds our readers that the spring migration of ducks is well underway and a great time of year to photograph waterfowl in full breeding plumage. In many ways, shooting a perfect picture is much more difficult than decoying birds and dropping them with your trusty scatter gun. If you undertake this spring challenge, by all means, share your results and pictures on the WFC forums.
Until our next report and habitat updates, enjoy your springtime in the great outdoors.