So how do you think the no snow line will effect hunting?

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So how do you think the no snow line will effect hunting?

Postby h2ofwlr » Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:32 pm

I hunt the northern plains of the US. Usually there is a snow line through MO into KS this time of year. Well here in MN I HAD 6" of snow a week ago--all gone now. The snow line is central MN and a little bit of NE ND. Being it is so far north, how so you think the geese will respond.

I remember several years back there was a heavy snow line across MN, NE SD and NE 2/3 of ND, the geese slipped west and were in SK in no time as they had no snow in the western plains. And look at 2 years ago, no snow in SD and southern ND--the geese would go north and the next day came back south being no open water.

So with no snow basically in thier flyway until you get the MB, any clues as to what they might do as they head out of MO?
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Postby mallardhunter » Sun Feb 06, 2005 3:48 pm

Well since there isn't no snow, the geese won't be around long. I will give them one or two weeks once they get here and they will be up in North Dakota.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Mon Feb 07, 2005 12:21 am

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Postby Fowl_habit » Mon Feb 07, 2005 11:22 am

If the snows can get the feed out of the fields.. they will move north
They don't like to dig thru snow to get feed.
They will pry it out of the frozen mud.
Frozen lakes don't bother them, they will roost on them.
They will probe north to find the snow line, then return to the roost south.

2 years ago, the snow line was in Nodak.. I was hunting SW iowa (Forneys area) the weather was warm, we watched 10's of thousands go north.. 2 days later a artic front came thru.. the temp went from 60 degree's at 8am to 20 degrees by noon with a 40mph north wind and snow.. every duck and goose that we saw go north for 2 days was going south as fast as they could.. it was incredible.. that was the first week of march...

Looks like the next 7 days are going to be cold enough to keep the migration from overflying MO

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