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    Default Anybody going out for snow geese this spring?

    Spring snow geese are starting to heat up. Looks like 200,000 just hit the refuge we hunt by in Missouri, and hopefully more to come over the next couple weeks. Me and Tony are heading out at the end of Feb, anybody else heading out this spring to hunt snows?
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    Wish I was! But Hope y'all have a great hunt! Shoot enough for those of us that don't get to go!


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    Im heading out on March 7-14 cant get here soon enough
    Is it opening day of duck season yet
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    you're heading out with Migrator Valley too right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckslayer56 View Post
    you're heading out with Migrator Valley too right?
    Yes me and my son and my father
    Is it opening day of duck season yet
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    Over 400,000 on the refuge now and with no winter storms on the horizon it looks like it could be a good hunt and earlier than last year

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    So how does a hunt like this work?
    Do have to have a minimum number of people and if not do you hunt with others that are there?
    What happens with all the meat, I'm thinking sausage?
    How many days do you normally hunt and what is the daily limit?
    Thanks for any information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Road Dog View Post
    So how does a hunt like this work?
    Do have to have a minimum number of people and if not do you hunt with others that are there?
    What happens with all the meat, I'm thinking sausage?
    How many days do you normally hunt and what is the daily limit?
    Thanks for any information.

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    The spring snow goose hunt is a lot of fun. It's really simple and not really that expensive, plan about 200 per Full day of hunting that's sun up to sun down. There are several guides all through the central flyway that do this from Arkansas to Saskatchewan and depending on your time frame depends on where you want to go. There is no limits on snows no plugs required in the gun and you can even run an extention if you want for more shells, electronic calls are also allowed. As far as the meat goes this can be a pain because a wing is required to remain on for identification purposes and if you have a good couple days you can have a lot of bulky breasts (not always a bad thing ) but it can make you have to pay for an extra bag or two. Some guides will have places they can donate but plan on bringing it all back with you. I have hunted with two outfitters in Missouri over the last few years one outfitter I wasn't pleased with but the last few years I have hunted with migrator Valley outfitters and have been more than happy. Pm me if you want the name of who not to go with. As far as how many have to go down you can go by yourself however you will be hunting with others, most places hunt 8 to a field so if you are alone you'll most likely be hunting with 7 other guys. However usually if you have at least 6 hunters with you the outfitters will let you have your own field... Always pay extra for the bird cleaning. It's about 15$ per person per day and has to be done upfront on the booking but it is well worth it. Not so much if you shoot 10 birds for the field but if you get a hundred birds you'll be glad you did. Also you don't have to deal with disposal of the carcasses and storage while staying in a hotel.

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    I made sausage out of all of my snow geese from last season, I did spicy italian and mixed some jalapeno in with it. I did a small batch of breakfast sausage as well. The spicy Italian turned out really well, the breakfast was ok. I think I'm going to try something else with this year's batch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duckslayer56 View Post
    I made sausage out of all of my snow geese from last season, I did spicy italian and mixed some jalapeno in with it. I did a small batch of breakfast sausage as well. The spicy Italian turned out really well, the breakfast was ok. I think I'm going to try something else with this year's batch.
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    I'm bringing a couple empty coolers this time around. Hopefully I'll bring them back full
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    You might think about making jerky out of some of them. Goose jerky has its own flavor and is my favorite kind of jerky. I prefer the whole muscle jerky over the ground though. Also, the thighs are very good eating on them too and too many people overlook those. Once the wheat greens up and comes out of dormancy later in the spring they do not taste as good though, but for your trip at the end of February you shouldn't have any issue with that.

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    I used to make Jerky out of geese and sea ducks, and it always turned out good. I may have to make a couple batches. 20-30 pounds of goose sausage is pretty nice to have in the freezer though. I make a mean spaghetti with it.
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    Do you mix anything other meat in with the goose to make sausage? I have never tried to make sausage out of them and would like to give it a try.

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    7 of us will be hunting Nebraska starting March 6. Should be fun.

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    I buy a pork shoulder and grind it up with the goose, then buy a sausage seasoning kit from Bass Pro and mix it in.
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    Thanks for the info. I will give it a try. Good luck on your snow goose hunt.

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    What type/size of choke tube are you all using? I was thinking of using my turkey extra full choke, but it says it's not for steel shot and I had a lot of very long shots last year.

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    I use a Kicks High Flyer, l know a lot of guys like pattern masters too. I would not use a turkey choke for waterfowl, shooting steel through an extra full would probably bulge your barrel.
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