Spring Hunt in NY.

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Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby eGrant51 » Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:56 am

I just signed up for a guided hunt in the Finger Lakes area. Has anyone seen any birds in the area? This is my first guided hunt and am hoping that by the 20th there are birds heading north. eGrant
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby jeepman » Wed Mar 12, 2014 4:58 am

I wouldn't hold your breath. I'm not trying to be a jerk, but I think the migration is going to be really late because there is no open water for them to roost.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby eGrant51 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 5:21 am

We went on the NY snow goose hunt. There were several thousand birds in the area. It was very windy and while we saw a lot of geese, we only shot 3. I think that the migration is just getting started, and it was a lot of fun even as it was. eGrant
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby jeepman » Fri Mar 21, 2014 4:12 pm

wow, I am shocked there were that many birds. I haven't seen one snow here yet. I'm glad to see you at least saw birds.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby Smokum870 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 6:57 pm

Heading to plattsburgh with frontier waterfowl next Wednesday the 26th hunting the 27,28,29. Worried with the few inches of snow coming saturday. Any of you guys think they'll be there by then?
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby jeepman » Sat Mar 22, 2014 4:43 am

There's like 6 inches of crusty snow in the fields right now and Champlain is still almost completely frozen over. I've seen a few guides with decoys out, but I don't think they are doing very well. There just isn't anywhere with water for them to roost up here right now. I was in Albany on Thursday for a Veterans Summit, and the weather was night and day compared to up here. As for the snow though I wouldn't worry about that as much as if the birds are in the area. Just try to stay in touch with the guide.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby deerbarn » Mon Mar 24, 2014 12:29 pm

Smokum, When you return from your hunt let me in on how the geese were doing and your hunt with Matt at frontier guide service, We are headed that way the 1st and secound of April to hunt with them, I hope ya did well.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby woodduck14 » Wed Mar 26, 2014 10:15 am

Hey guys,

I just got back from a hunt in the Finger Lakes Region. We saw at least 200,000 canadas and snows, but we only shot five. It was an awesome experience even though we only shot one bird apiece. Of course there were two fields on the opposite ends of where we were and the snows were dropping in there by the thousands.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby deerbarn » Wed Mar 26, 2014 4:58 pm

Hey wood duck, Were you folks hunting over decoys or jump shooting, We are headed up to Champlain the 1st and secound to hunt with Frontier Guide outfitters, Sounds like the geese are finally moving. Your thoughts. Thanks
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby eGrant51 » Thu Mar 27, 2014 5:23 am

I am told they have room for more hunters this weekend. I was with DOA. It is cold right now but finally supposed to warm up over the weekend. I am working and can not make it back. eGrant
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby woodduck14 » Fri Mar 28, 2014 8:03 am

deerbarn- we were over about 1,100 snow sock decoys.
The birds were definitely in the area, but they didn't want anything to do with the field we were in.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby jdurf2014 » Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:30 pm

DEERBARN: Will you let me know how the snows are doing in that area and how your hunt goes?? I wish you good luck and good shooting. Some buddies and me are going up to hunt the Lake Champlain area this weekend 4/5/14 with Eastern View Outfitters.

Anyone else have reports of Plattsburgh NY/Lake Champlain area????

I saw several hundred snows here and there along 81 south of Preble and north of Homer. Some other friends have been seeing a lot of snows in finger lakes area but have been losing them to fields with like 3000 decoys when they only have about 700 decoys
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby Smokum870 » Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:44 pm

Just talked to Matt today to book my September Canada hunt with frontier. He said the birds are really stacking up now but they are really slick this year. Guess they had a 46 bird day this last week and the juvies are starting to push in. A group of guys that were Hu ting the blind directly across the road watched a flock of 15 or so juvies set into the spread from the house hahaha
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby deerbarn » Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:29 pm

There were thousand apond thousands of geese flying every day, We did good and could have done beter if we could shoot, Guides were great, We can not get over how many snows and canadians were there, Couple of guys that were set with us were not doing as they were told and that cost us some shooting, We had one flock of over 30,000 birds fly over our spread, No bull, It was amazing and we did some fine flock shooting and the birds won out. Matt and the crew are great hard hunting folks. Good luck.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby Steelhead » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:47 pm

I just got home from the finger lakes, a shallow medium sized finger lake, and I'm amazed by the amount of snows I saw.

I live in Texas now and I was so amazed watching those few thousands snows that I booked a hunt in eagle lake.

Let me tell you why this is so amazing that snows are so numerous in the western finger lakes, in 1993 I have a bird log, we went birding/scouting everyday when I was a kid, the whole September-January we saw 5. Yes FIVE snow geese.

By 2004 when I graduated we saw maybe 15 a year.

I come back for Xmas 2014 and I am awoken by a weird honk, not Canada's or swans. I step outside at 2am and man was it deafening. I could see the outlines of thousands of swarming snow geese in the light of the moon. Absolutely breath taking.

I went inside and heard my little girl upstairs whining and I called to Her but I literally couldn't hear a thing because the snows were rattling the house with honking. I had to calm her down I've nevER seen her that upset lol.

I am moving home next year and best believe; that as one of the most active duck hunters in my home town, my lay out boats, whaler, two thousand plastics, 500 corks, long lines, three motion decoys and a newly purchased 1,000 snow decoys will be in any number of corn/soybean/wheat fields, on any of the finger lakes or in my favorite ponds.

I can't wait to come home.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby Steelhead » Sun Jan 18, 2015 11:53 pm

If you told me you booked a guide for snows in the finger lakes in the early 90s I think I'd laugh.

Times are a changing.
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Re: Spring Hunt in NY.

Postby deerbarn » Mon Apr 06, 2015 1:38 pm

steel head, How did you make out in the finger lakes this year, I am headed back up to hunt with Frontier the weekend of the 10th, Were there 28th of march but got snowed on, Birds were not moving, Saw a few shot a few, There doing well there at the moment, Good numbers coming in, Great note you wrote, I had not read it yet and hope moving home brought ya great luck, Bird hunting water fowl is a like being a junkie, Wish they would find a treatment for us off season.
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