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#6179360 - 02/11/16 03:00 PM Conservation Snow Goose Season
yakinthebox Offline
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Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 521
Loc: TEXAS
Do any of y'all ever hunt during the conservation season? I never see very many posts about it.

I'm going to try my luck this weekend.

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#6179423 - 02/11/16 04:08 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
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Registered: 11/09/12
Posts: 395
Loc: Katy, TX
Man the birds aren't here like they use to be! I remember going on goose hunts growing up and a 20 bird goose hunt was an OK day, now days you shoot twenty snows that is an awesome day. A lot of people travel up north to hunt them just because we do not get the numbers down here any more this time of year they are already headed back up north

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#6179464 - 02/11/16 04:38 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
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Loc: Terlingua,TX
Loaded in Missouri and Nebraska now

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#6179797 - 02/11/16 08:05 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
Duke4456 Offline
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Registered: 09/29/15
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Loc: Naples Tx
I have never goose hunted in Texas but went to Arkansas last year during conservation season shot a bunch of birds and had a good time and its a lot cheaper up there than anything I could find it Texas
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#6179832 - 02/11/16 08:32 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: snowbuster]
Featherduster Offline
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Loc: Columbus / Garwood
Originally Posted By: snowbuster
Man the birds aren't here like they use to be! I remember going on goose hunts growing up and a 20 bird goose hunt was an OK day, now days you shoot twenty snows that is an awesome day. A lot of people travel up north to hunt them just because we do not get the numbers down here any more this time of year they are already headed back up north


This^^^

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#6180380 - 02/12/16 10:00 AM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
Maxus Offline
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Registered: 01/05/11
Posts: 86
Loc: Wise County
We are headed to Arkansas the week of the 26th. This will be the first time I've ever gone on a conservation hunt. So, we will see how it goes.

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#6180421 - 02/12/16 10:27 AM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
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I hunt SD every year and from 5 years ago to this year it gets nearly a week sooner each year. I am packed and ready to hit the road as soon as my buddy up there sees the first push of birds. I know that birds are now in south NE staging

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#6180445 - 02/12/16 10:47 AM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
yakinthebox Offline
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I saw a field with a crap ton of snow geese out near Winnie and Anahuac on the way back from Crystal beach earlier this week. That's what has me itching...

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#6180693 - 02/12/16 02:11 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
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^^^^^^ I saw that Drake Plantation had a good hunt this morning and last weekend and i know they are in that area!
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#6181077 - 02/12/16 06:36 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: Tru2lifetaxidermy]
beaversnipe Offline
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Registered: 01/17/10
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Loc: Terlingua,TX
Originally Posted By: Tru2lifetaxidermy
I hunt SD every year and from 5 years ago to this year it gets nearly a week sooner each year. I am packed and ready to hit the road as soon as my buddy up there sees the first push of birds. I know that birds are now in south NE staging


They will after this cold snap up north.
Start driving monday

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#6187910 - 02/17/16 05:28 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
yakinthebox Offline
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Registered: 02/22/11
Posts: 521
Loc: TEXAS
Well, I went and ended up getting skunked. Seems to be a theme for me this season.

There were about 3 other groups on the refuge. I know one guy got 2 geese. Don't know how the others did. I didn't even get any to fly over my field. Probably not a big enough spread or they just didn't want to be on that field. Either way, I saw birds and I now know a couple spots to try next year... I doubt I'll make it out anymore this season...

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#6187988 - 02/17/16 06:27 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: Maxus]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
Originally Posted By: Maxus
We are headed to Arkansas the week of the 26th. This will be the first time I've ever gone on a conservation hunt. So, we will see how it goes.


I was in Arkansas last weekend, man there are a lot of geese, 10,000's
We got about 60 geese (last year was about 200) but they are getting wise to decoys and calls. They would part the sky as they approached us or just turn away. It was tough shooting stragglers. Groups would come in, but seldom.
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#6188180 - 02/17/16 09:06 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
Brother Phil Offline
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Registered: 01/07/15
Posts: 128
Where did you go in Arkansas? Was it guided or unguided?

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#6188202 - 02/17/16 09:17 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
Simple Searcher Offline
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Registered: 12/30/12
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Loc: Helotes, Hext
Near Stuttgart, it was guided. It was great with them having decoys, electric calls, and scouted locations.
Putting out 2000 decoys sucks, even with half a dozen guys.
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#6189891 - 02/18/16 06:56 PM Re: Conservation Snow Goose Season [Re: yakinthebox]
Tru2lifetaxidermy Online   happy
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Registered: 01/25/15
Posts: 332
First push of birds hit SD today. As soon as the leading edge birds move by I'm headed up there, probably late next week. I completely understand your comment about setting decoys. We set 4200 with 7 rotaries and other fliers....takes us about 4-6 hours but we've done it for so long we kinda have it down. I can't wait to point the truck north!

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