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Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

February 21, 2024

Because snow geese numbers are so high, they’ve destroyed the tundra, where they migrate to and nest, the spring season being set up the help reduce their numbers.

  Because, The Special Spring Snow Goose Season is open, today, the skies are covered up with migrating white, geese, Snows, Blues and Ross geese.

  This special Spring was established to help to reduce the light geese numbers.

  The population has grown to a point, they’re eating them up of house and home, their mating grounds, destroying the Tundra, which not only affects the geese, affecting all wildlife up north, on the Tundra.

  They migrate in huge numbers and when there’s such great numbers for each goose you see, there’s hundreds if not thousands of eyes looking down on your decoys.

  If you want to draw these huge flocks of snow geese, your decoy spread needs has been much larger than decoys you’d use when hunting during the fall season.

   Another thing that had makes light goose hunting tough, is the fact that snow geese are always calling and if you were set up with a mouth call, you’d have the chance of a snowball in hell getting their attention.

  The laws governing this season have changed, regular season waterfowl hunters are only allowed three shells in their shotguns, they have a daily limit and a possession limit, during the Light Goose Conservation season, hunters can have more than three rounds in shotguns and electronic calls are legal. The non-toxic shot ruling is still in affect where all waterfowl hunters still required to use non-toxic, steel, bismuth, tungsten, etc. shot.

  The avid light goose hunters in our area, put out huge decoy spreads, numbering in the hundreds, with several motorized decoys, the Cabela’s Northern Flight™ Vortex Combo where the decoys attached to it spins, resembling geese coming into the spread, adding realism to the decoys.

   Others use waterfowl decoying kites, Styrofoam spinning aerial decoys that float in and amongst the decoys adding motion to the set up.

  Generally, when these geese migrate, your first flights are made up of the older birds, heading north to pick and set up their nests, to be ready when the mating begins.  These geese are harder to bring in as they’re on a mission.

  The later migrating flocks will contain the younger birds which at times are easier to call.

  With the special just beginning, hunters are reporting excellent numbers of the light geese.

   When Snow Geese decide to come in, that simply fold their wings and fall, “Maple Leaf” into the set, falling through hundreds of other geese that haven’t quite committed, when this happens, the flocks resemble a cyclone coming down and if that doesn’t get your heart a pumping, you best check your pulse!

  This Event Fills yup fast, don’t procrastinate to be sure there’s room for you at the event. 

  For more information Contact Chris Carlson @ 402-640-7053 or Dan Wamberg @402-841-9133.







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