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Booking Fully Guided Duck Hunts – Mound City, Missouri

  • $225 per hunter / per day
  • Daily Pit Blind Leases
  • November – December
  • heated pit blinds
  • fully guided hunts
  • full day hunts
  • lodging available ($30 per hunter / per night)
  • Near Squaw Creek Refuge
  • Mound City, Missouri
  • Squaw Creek Hunt Club – No membership necessary

“My father and I recently booked a hunt with Scott Croner in Mound City, MO., that was one of the best field hunts we have ever experienced.  As avid water-fowlers, my father and I have hunted from Alaska to Texas and all flyways in between.  This field hunt with Scott & Squaw Creek Hunt Club was one of the best hunts either of us have experienced.  If you would like shooting greenheads at 15-25 yards in December, in the comforts of a heated pit blind I would call Scott.  1st class accommodations and guiding services by Scott and his organization.”  Matt Sattersen

Squaw Creek Hunt Club – Fully Guided Duck Hunts – Mound City, Missouri

Booking Fully Guided Duck Hunts

  • $225 per hunter / per day
  • November – December
  • heated pit blinds
  • fully guided hunts
  • full day hunts
  • lodging available ($30 per hunter / per night)
  • Near Squaw Creek Refuge
  • Mound City, Missouri

“My father and I recently booked a hunt with Scott Croner in Mound City, MO., that was one of the best field hunts we have ever experienced.  As avid water-fowlers, my father and I have hunted from Alaska to Texas and all flyways in between.  This field hunt with Scott & Squaw Creek Hunt Club was one of the best hunts either of us have experienced.  If you want like shooting greenheads at 15-25 yards in December, in the comforts of a heated pit blind I would call Scott.  1st class accommodations and guiding services by Scott and his organization.”  Matt Sattersen

Pheasant Hunting Guide and Outfitter

Pheasant Hunting In Nebraska

Pheasant Hunting per 1/2 day / per hunter: $200.00
Package includes:

  • 3 pheasants limit per hunter/per day
  • Snack in the field
  • Transportation to and from area airports if needed (addtional charge)
  • Professional guides and dogs-hunters may bring own dog at no extra charge
  • Game care

Premium Pheasant Hunting per hunter: $995.00
Package 1 includes:  

  • 3 pheasant limit per day/per hunter
  • 2 days/2 nights lodging & meals (Lied Lodge & Conference Center)
  • Snack in the field
  • Transportation to and from area airports if needed (addtional charge)
  • Professional guides and dogs-hunters may bring own dog at no extra charge
  • Game care

Premium Pheasant Hunting per hunter: $1595.00
Package 2 includes:

  • 3 pheasant limit per day/per hunter
  • 3 days/4 nights lodging & meals (Lied Lodge & Conference Center)
  • Snack in the field
  • Transportation to and from area airports if needed (addtional charge)
  • Professional guides and dogs-hunters may bring own dog at no extra charge
  • Game care

Package does not include:

  • Hunting permits and licenses
  • Shells
  • Guide gratuities

    Permits Fees:

  • Non-Resident: $68.00 + $13.00 Habitat Stamp
  • Non-Resident Youth 15 yrs and younger: $11.00 + $13.00 Habitat Stamp
  • Resident:$12.00 + $13.00 Habitat Stamp
    Pricing based on 2 or more hunters.
    Custom Hunts are available to suit your travel schedule.

Merriam’s Turkey Hunting In Nebraska – Guided Hunts

Merriam’s Turkey Hunting In Nebraska

  • 3 days / 3 nights per hunter:

    Merriam's Turkey
    Merriam’s Turkey Hunting In Nebraska
  • $ 1495.00 Archery / Shotgun Package includes:
  • * 2 Tom Turkeys (third tom if available)
  • * Lodging and meals
  • * Transportation once you arrive at NHC, Inc. Lodge (Uncle Bucks Lodge) in Brewster, NE

The New Turkey Guide is available Find information on the Spring and Fall seasons as well as permit pricing and youth hunting information.  Download your copy today

Snow Goose Hunting Adventure – Part 2

Snow Goose Calling

Dozens of good goose calls are available, all of which areeffective in the hands of a good caller. It’s helpful to listen to wild birdsand try to imitate them with your calls. There are no better teachers. Butunless you have a friend who is a skilled caller who can teach you, you alsoshould purchase an instructional CD, DVD or audiotape that will allow you tohear the actual sounds of geese and good calling by practiced goose hunters.Study this and try to duplicate the sounds used for various situations. Aftersome practice, record yourself on a tape recorder and decide for yourself ifyou’re good enough to start calling in the field. Listen for weaknesses in yourrepertoire, then practice to improve them.

Snow Goose Hunting Tips

There’s no such thing as a casual snow goose hunt, one reason manywaterfowlers don’t participate. This sport requires large goose decoy spreadsand constant scouting.

First, you must study movement patterns of geese where you want togoose hunt, then secure permission to hunt where concentrations are located.(Most hunting is on private hunting lands.) When geese start using a field,they stay until the food supply is exhausted. Being there after they’ve startedusing the field and before they’ve eaten it out is the trick.

Elaborate ground blinds are nice but not necessary because a goosefield usually produces only one or two good shoots before geese move elsewhere.Many goose hunters simply lie on their backs in the goose decoys and wear whiteor camouflage-pattern clothing. Pit ground blinds, portable ground blinds andmakeshift ground blinds made from natural materials on-site also can be used,depending on where you hunt.

When it comes to snow goose decoy spreads, bigger usually isbetter. The decoys should be in place before sunrise to take advantage of thesnow goose’s propensity for flying early.

The most important thing goose hunters should remember is toremain well hidden and motionless until birds are well within shooting range.Snow geese are wary, and if they see or hear anything out of place, they’llavoid it. If approaching birds seem reluctant to land, flare off at the lastminute or land consistently outside the decoys, chances are they are spottingthe blind, hunter movement or something else that makes them nervous. Adjust asnecessary.

Avoid the temptation to shoot when the first geese start droppinginto your set-up. Veteran waterfowlers hold off until the lead geese aretouching down and geese in the rear of the flock are well within gun rangebefore making their move.

Remember this rule of thumb as well: If, when aiming, the end ofyour gun barrel covers more than half the bird, the goose is beyond 45 yardsand is too far away for a clean kill.

If you’re not up to the tasks just outlined, consider hiring ahunting guide. These guys can show you the ins and outs of snow goose hunting,and after you’ve experienced a hunt first-hand, you’ll know whether you reallywant to make the required investment in time and hunting equipment to hunt onyour own. Best of all, hunting guides do all the work. The hunter need notspend hours scouting, gaining hunting permission, and setting and retrievinggoose decoys. For a reasonable fee, reputable hunting guides do all this andclean and pack your birds, too.

Snow Goose HuntingConclusion

Snow goose hunting is challenging, for sure. Nevertheless, it’s asport many of us find irresistibly attractive. Goose hunting allows us toperfect our skills with a shotgun and to go afield with men we enjoy andadmire. Most of all, it gives us another excuse to be outdoors. Until you havesat in a goose spread and watched a fall or winter day unfold, develop anddecline, you have missed one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Snow Goose Hunting Adventure – Part 1

Several goose hunters waited in a winter wheat field, scanning themorning skies above a huge spread of goose decoys. All was quiet for manyminutes, then in the distance, they heard the first melodic strains of flyinggeese.

It was hard to pinpoint them at first, but soon they could makeout the first long skeins of birds, little snowflakes floating in an orangesunrise. They were coming their way.

Minutes passed like hours. The calls of the snow geese grew involume. Their forms grew in size. The goose hunters could tell now there were athousand or more—a hundred here, a hundred there, in long lines and V-shapedwedges. Some flocks flew north, away from their goose decoy spread. But oneheld a steady course that would soon take it over their heads.

Two goose hunters began goose calling. One waved a white flagfixed atop a long pole. Would it be enough to attract their attention? Onegoose hunter gripped his shotgun tightly and wondered.

The last five minutes seemed like an hour. Most of the flock brokeoff, turning toward a large flock of geese feeding in another field. Only twodozen remained, but these were convinced their goose decoy spread was real. At100 yards out, they cupped their wings and began swinging back and forth in theair as they flexed their rudders and dropped their landing gear.

Too late the birds realized their ruse. As one goose hunter shot,then another, the geese tried to turn and gain altitude. One goose hunter swungon a white bird and fired, then swung again and shot a blue. They hit theground with hard thumps as he tried unsuccessfully to get another bird in hissights.

When it was over, this goose hunter was shaking. Excitement doesthat to some hunters. And snow goose hunting is exciting!

Snow Goose Facts

The snow goose, Chen caerulescens, is one of the world’s mostabundant waterfowl species. Each year, snow geese nest on the Arctic tundra andthen travel to southern wintering grounds in very large, high-flying, noisyflocks. The swirling white of a descending flock suggests snowfall, but amongthe white birds are darker individuals. Until recently, these “blue geese,” asthe dark birds are called, were considered a separate species. They are nowrecognized as merely a dark “morph,” or form, of the snow goose.

Adult snows are medium-sized (weighing 5 to 8 pounds) and have apinkish bill with a black “grinning patch.” White morphs are white all overexcept for the black primaries on each wing. Blue morphs have a mostly whitehead and neck, a dark gray-brown body and black primary and secondary featherson the wings.

Juvenile white morphs are gray above, white below and darker onthe head and neck. The legs, feet and bill are gray, turning pink as the youngbirds age. Juvenile blues are mostly dark gray-brown with a lighter-coloredbelly and white under the tail. The wing linings are pale gray, contrastingwith the dark body and black primaries in flight.

Biologists recognize three separate snow goose populations. Thewestern population breeds in Alaska and Canada’s Yukon, Northwest and Nunavutterritories and winters from Oregon south to Mexico, with concentrations in thecentral valleys of California. The midcontinent population breeds from NunavutTerritory east to Hudson Bay and winters in the U.S. Midwest south to Louisianaand Texas. The eastern population breeds on islands in the High Arctic,including Ellesmere and Baffin, then winters along the Atlantic Coast fromMassachusetts to South Carolina, with concentrations in southeastern Pennsylvania,New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.

In winter, snow geese are highly gregarious and often feed inflocks numbering thousands of individuals. Migrants follow all four major NorthAmerican flyways. Migration north from wintering areas takes place fromFebruary to May. Snow geese depart from the northern breeding areas inSeptember and arrive in wintering habitats in November and December.

Snow Goose Population

Around 1900, the snow goose population had ebbed to only 2,000 to3,000 birds. But during the 20th century and into the 21st, the populationburgeoned as snow geese took advantage of increased food supplies along migrationroutes and in wintering areas. In some areas, populations have increased asmuch as nine percent annually. Biologists estimate there are now 5 million to 6million snow geese in North America, a population that may be too large to beenvironmentally sustainable.

Since 1998, goose hunters have harvested 1 to 1.5 million snowgeese annually. Recent conservation hunts implemented in the U.S. and Canadahave been successful in doubling harvest rates and reducing the population.When snow goose numbers are too large, the birds’ feeding can destroy their ownhabitat, which is also used by other species. Hunting provides the best meansfor keeping goose numbers in check.

Guns And Loads

Although they are big birds, snow geese have a relatively smallkill zone. The total area in which pellets will kill a goose is just one-tenththe bird’s total size. To ensure your shots hit the vital zone with enoughpower, you need to pattern your guns and determine the correct loads.

Most goose hunters opt to use a 10-gauge or magnum 12-gauge withsize BB, BBB or T shot. Nontoxic shot is mandatory everywhere. Because steelshot has a tighter pattern than lead does, the best chokes when using steel aremodified and improved modified. However, each choke is unique, which is why goosehunters should pattern their guns before the season

Snow Goose Decoys

Snow goose decoys come in several styles: full-body, shell,floating, rags, silhouettes, magnums and specialty items such as goose flagsand motion decoys. Ideally, the goose hunter should use some variety in thegoose decoy spread and use goose decoys most suitable for the area beinghunted. When goose hunting a big farm field, for example, you’ll probably wantlots of inexpensive rag decoys with some full-bodied dekes mixed in and a flagto draw the birds’ attention. When goose hunting a river where geese go to restat night, floating decoys will be wanted, along with a few standing decoys toplace along the banks.

The number of goose decoys used depends largely on the goosehunter’s budget and the type area being hunted. But when goose hunting snows,one must never forget that bigger goose decoy spreads almost always are better.If possible, set out a few hundred at least, or better yet, a thousand or more

Remember these things regardless of the type or number of goosedecoys used:

·   Keep goose decoys well away from fence lines, overgrown ditchesand other cover where geese may perceive a predator, or hunter, to be hiding.

·   Set the goose decoys to take advantage of the goose’s tendency toland with the wind in their faces. Walking and swimming geese also prefer to befacing into the wind, so decoys should be positioned in this manner forrealism.

·   Don’t place goose decoys so close together it is difficult forgeese to land among them. Leave an opening in the spread that invites birds toland there, and have that opening within range of your gun.

·   Have all your goose decoys in place before sunrise so you’ll beready when the birds arrive.

Except during late conservation seasons when electronic goosecallers often are allowed, if you want to become a good goose hunter, you mustbecome a good caller. This isn’t something you can learn the weekend prior togoose season. Start early and practice.

Snow Goose Calling

Dozens of good goose calls are available, all of which areeffective in the hands of a good caller. It’s helpful to listen to wild birdsand try to imitate them with your calls. There are no better teachers. Butunless you have a friend who is a skilled caller who can teach you, you alsoshould purchase an instructional CD, DVD or audiotape that will allow you tohear the actual sounds of geese and good calling by practiced goose hunters.Study this and try to duplicate the sounds used for various situations. Aftersome practice, record yourself on a tape recorder and decide for yourself ifyou’re good enough to start calling in the field. Listen for weaknesses in yourrepertoire, then practice to improve them.

Snow Goose Hunting Tips

There’s no such thing as a casual snow goose hunt, one reason manywaterfowlers don’t participate. This sport requires large goose decoy spreadsand constant scouting.

First, you must study movement patterns of geese where you want togoose hunt, then securepermission to hunt where concentrations are located. (Most hunting is onprivate hunting lands.) When geese start using a field, they stay until thefood supply is exhausted. Being there after they’ve started using the field andbefore they’ve eaten it out is the trick.

Elaborate ground blinds are nice but not necessary because a goosefield usually produces only one or two good shoots before geese move elsewhere.Many goose hunters simply lie on their backs in the goose decoys and wear whiteor camouflage-pattern clothing. Pit ground blinds, portable ground blinds andmakeshift ground blinds made from natural materials on-site also can be used,depending on where you hunt.

When it comes to snow goose decoy spreads, bigger usually isbetter. The decoys should be in place before sunrise to take advantage of thesnow goose’s propensity for flying early.

The most important thing goose hunters should remember is toremain well hidden and motionless until birds are well within shooting range.Snow geese are wary, and if they see or hear anything out of place, they’llavoid it. If approaching birds seem reluctant to land, flare off at the lastminute or land consistently outside the decoys, chances are they are spottingthe blind, hunter movement or something else that makes them nervous. Adjust asnecessary.

Avoid the temptation to shoot when the first geese start droppinginto your set-up. Veteran waterfowlers hold off until the lead geese are touchingdown and geese in the rear of the flock are well within gun range before makingtheir move.

Remember this rule of thumb as well: If, when aiming, the end ofyour gun barrel covers more than half the bird, the goose is beyond 45 yardsand is too far away for a clean kill.

If you’re not up to the tasks just outlined, consider hiring ahunting guide. These guys can show you the ins and outs of snow goose hunting,and after you’ve experienced a hunt first-hand, you’ll know whether you reallywant to make the required investment in time and hunting equipment to hunt onyour own. Best of all, hunting guides do all the work. The hunter need notspend hours scouting, gaining hunting permission, and setting and retrievinggoose decoys. For a reasonable fee, reputable hunting guides do all this andclean and pack your birds, too.

Snow Goose HuntingConclusion

Snow goose hunting is challenging, for sure. Nevertheless, it’s asport many of us find irresistibly attractive. Goose hunting allows us toperfect our skills with a shotgun and to go afield with men we enjoy andadmire. Most of all, it gives us another excuse to be outdoors. Until you havesat in a goose spread and watched a fall or winter day unfold, develop anddecline, you have missed one of life’s greatest pleasures.

Scott Croner “The Nebraska Turkey Interceptor “


Scott hunts turkey like a Nebraska lawman hot on the trail of a escaped convict !!! I arrived at 12:30 p.m.on Friday, with cloudy sky’s and winds blowing in excess of 20 mph which are not ideal hunting conditions. I was back at the lodge with 2 long beards by 5:00p.m.

The next morning Scott set me up on a location he had scouted early in the season. Needless to say, I took care of business at 10 yards with my third Merriam at 7:30 a.m. I called Scott to come pick me up and when he arrived, the back of his Suburban was stacked with gobblers harvested by three of his repeat hunters that he guided on a hunt that morning. I’ve hunted with so called guides in Kansas and Alabama, but Nebraska Hunting Co. is the real deal. I will be back next year with several of my clients. ( 5) Stars*****

P.S. be sure and tip the cook-best prime rib west of the Mississippi!

Greg Hill
870-312-1482
El Dorado,Arkansas

Merriam’s Spring Shotgun Season Starts April 16, 2011 – Checklist

Equipment:
Shotgun
Turkey loads
Turkey choke tube
Patterning targets
Camo blind — where legal
Seat, cushioned stool
Shotgun sling
Turkey decoys
Camera
Lo Boy
Lite Chair
Monopod gun rest
ThermaCELL
Compass Maps
Knife
Ratchet cutters
Insect repellent
Flashlight
Trail ribbon
Binoculars
Camo tape
Cooler
Water bottle
First aid kit

Clothes:
Camo gloves
Camo facenet
Camo paint
Camo make-up
Camo shirt
Camo pants
Camo jacket
Camo turkey vest or pack
Camo cap
Camo socks
Camo undershirts
Rain suit

Calls:
Box call
Diaphragm calls
Slate or glass pot & peg call
Glass call
Gobble call
Tube call
Push-pin call
Turpin/wingbone call
Crow/locator call
Owl hooter call locator calls

Call Accessories:
Box call chalk
Sandpaper
Call lanyard
Box call holster

Archery gear:
Bow (camouflaged)
Broadheads
3-D Camo clothes
3-D targets

To Do:
Get license/turkey tags
Pattern shotgun

Guided Spring Snow Goose Hunts: Conservation Action

Spring Snow Goose Hunting in Early Spring

WHITE OUT: Mid Continent population studies indicate that between the mid 1960s and now, snow goose numbers grew from an estimated 50,000 to more than one million. Officials predict that by the middle of the next decade, roughly two million snowies might compete for limited space, doubling in current size. (Delta Waterfowl media photo)

By Steve Hickoff

The so-called regular waterfowl seasons may be over, but don’t put your gear away just yet. Clean it, for sure, but keep it ready to roll . . .

In the heavily human-populated Atlantic Flyway where I write this — and elsewhere around the United States — it’s not just humankind competing for space. Snow goose numbers are at all-time highs, migration time depending.

That’s good news for hunters. In late-winter and early-spring you can jumpstart your waterfowl season, extending it into spring turkey time.

Snow goose numbers exceed available food and habitat in many areas. As a result, federal and state wildlife management organizations now offer expanded seasons for these waterfowl in many locations. By conservation order, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has specifically mandated this effort to control growing numbers.

Though they’re hunted elsewhere, eight states in the Atlantic Flyway were open last year under the “conservation order” for late-winter and early-spring snow goose hunting. These included North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland and Delaware to the south, and New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York and Vermont to the north. Check your current regulations as changes may appear there.

More geese? Waterfowl hunters couldn’t be happier. So how do you hunt them?

First check to see if your state offers a late-winter or early-spring season. Many do.

Once licenses, permits and stamps are secured, assess your waterfowling gear. You may need to amp up your decoy holdings with snow goose fakes. Shells and full-body options are widely available for this growing sport.

As with real estate, location is everything. Scout for these so-called “light geese” in agricultural haunts. Gain permission from landowners to hunt these spots. Be there before dawn the next morning to set your spread of dekes.

Huddled in a layout blind, snow goose calls on a lanyard around your neck, non-toxic loads chambered in your shotgun, you’re ready to roll.

Some other tips to hunting these light geese include:

Your effort to find them might begin where they roost, and include locating a nearby field where they feed and/or might forage. Study them for a pattern of use. They’ll often move and feed early in the day and later in the afternoon, loafing elsewhere during midday. Sometimes too they just move on.

Study maps, drive and glass fields, and seek landowner permission at all costs, explaining what you’ll be doing and even why. Set your spread at midday for later afternoon hunts. If it feels right, get back there the next morning too. Don’t pressure a spot; then again, hunt it while it’s hot and even just a little warm.

As camouflage goes, wear white if snow covers the ground, or standard options if you’re in a layout blind or using natural cover. Blend in, no matter what. Snowies feel the pressure, and adjust accordingly. If possible, hide all unnatural evidence, including your truck, trailer and four-wheeler. Make it look real.

Spreads should consist of as many snow goose decoys as possible. Full body snows, shell fakes, and silhouettes should round off your presentation. It’s not unusual for a hardcore snow goose hunter to place several hundred to even 1,000 or more decoys out in a field, and even use wing flags to impart movement to the spread.