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What To Expect | Spring Snow Goose Hunt South Dakota



What To Expect When Spring Snow Goose Hunting In South Dakota


South Dakota Spring Snow Goose Hunting Is Spectacular

Every year about this time our phones here at The Goose Guys start ringing with hunters looking to book a spring snow goose hunt in South Dakota.  We are just starting to catch our breath after a long fall hunt but there is no rest for the wicked.  We start to book trips by “Slots” of availability.  We never know exactly when the birds will be on the move so it is a floating calendar.  We tell our new clients that they can expect a phone call about 3-5 days in advance with a location and destination.  Our guides will have been scouting for weeks making sure that they are on the birds and preparing for our clients to ensure a quality hunt.  There will be no shortage of snow geese it is just a matter of when they will arrive.

Once the birds have arrived our snow goose guides will be spending 8-10 hrs per day in their trucks scouting the fields and getting ready for the feathers to fly.  We set our fields with 1500-2000 decoys and electric calls to bring in the snow geese.  Guest will do very little work as it will all be set up for them.  The bountiful harvest is what keeps the clients coming back year after year.  We fill pick-up trucks full of snow geese and can’t even begin to put a dent in the population.

South Dakota has some of the best snow goose hunting the country has to offer.  The beautiful rolling plains of South Dakota and the big sky make for a beautiful hunt and a lifetime of memories.  We always get those big corporate groups of snow goose hunters so we advise our smaller groups to get on the schedule as soon as they know they have their group together.  The camaraderie is worth the price of admission itself.  Get to know some of our South Dakota Snow Goose Guides and you will have a friends for life.

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spring snow goose hunts in South Dakota

When it comes to hunting spring snow geese in South Dakota our philosophy is scout, scout and scout some more. The approach to hunting lesser snow geese, blue geese and ross geese in South Dakota is quite different today then years past. Because of the constant pressure, these geese see hunters more than 7 long months a year. As Snow goose hunting guides we must adjust accordingly.Our clients deserve top notch hunts and in order to provide this it’s imperative to be mobile and provide the best gear available. Our snow goose spreads consists of 1000 – 2000 snow goose decoys per field, along with electronic callers, layout blinds blinds and fully trained guided dogs. All our snow goose hunts take place in South Dakota. Come hunt with one of South Dakota’s top snow goose hunting guides. We look forward to with you!

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South Dakota Goose Guide Service

South Dakota Goose Guide Service


Goose Guides For Snow Geese and Canadian Geese

The Goose Guys offer guiding services for both Snow Goose and Canadian Goose season hunting.  Finding time to hit the fields of South Dakota will be well worth your time when the birds are moving.  Migratory birds are a blast to hunt.  For more than 15 years the Goose Guys have been guiding in South Dakota.  Vast open fields with good food source is a natural attraction to both Canadian Geese and Snow Geese.

Our guide service offers a wide variety of adventure.  During Snow Goose season you can expect to see our spreads of more than 2000 decoys being brought to life with our hi-tech electric calls.  We have lots of natural movement in our spread and the geese really relate to the way we position the spread.  Our guides travel our South Dakota land to scout the birds on a daily basis which is why our customers are always on the birds.  A quality guide service in South Dakota will have large quantities of land and skilled goose guides to ensure a quality hunt.

Our guides will provide all of the decoys and goose blinds for every hunt.  Depending on what the geese are doing every hunt is different.  Our team of Snow Goose and Canadian Goose guides will have all of the details worked out before the sun comes up and will make it an enjoyable experience.

It’s all about having fun and being safe.  In South Dakota there is no bag limit on Snow Geese so when the birds are moving you can be certain that it will be a lot of fun.  There is something special about Canadian Geese and our guides love to call them in nice and close for the clients.  While sitting in the goose blind clients can enjoy a hot cup of coffee and a doughnut as they wait for it all to begin.  The decoys are set and the guide starts to call.  If you have never heard and expert goose caller you will have a new appreciation for the art of goose calling after you hear our guides call in the birds.  Watching 20 pound honkers cup up and start to dive into the decoys is a very special feeling.  The thud of a big majestic goose hitting the earth is a sound that we never get tired of hearing.

Check out The Goose Guys for all of your South Dakota Guide Service needs.

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A Good South Dakota Goose Guide

Good Goose Guides In South Dakota


What makes a good goose guide in South Dakota.  It’s a simple question right?  Well, maybe it is… maybe not so much.  I think you can break it down into a few key factors.  We know that it can be difficult to dig through all of the advertisements and online posts.  Lets face it, we all only have so much time to get outdoors.  When your planning a goose hunt all of the way out in South Dakota you can’t afford to get involved with a shady outfitter.  You want to make sure that things are in place to have the best hunt possible and maximize your time and money.  While there is never a guarantee that the geese will be doing what they should when then should you want to work with an outfitter who is on their game.

Key Factors In Finding A Good Goose Guide

Large Acreage

In South Dakota goose hunting is all about the the land.  We know that all guides will talk a good game about how much land they have available.  Great, they may have access to thousands of acres. The real question to be answered is if the geese on their available land.  That can be tricky to get a good answered.  Of course on some level the geese are moving through but your not looking to hunt on transition land.  You want to be on the roosting and harvesting land.  This means have a large volume of connected acreage.  Many outfitters will have lots of small parcels totaling up to a lot of acreage.  Avoid those outfitters if possible and find an outfitter with large chunks of acreage.

Years In The Field

You want to book with the best right?  Then you need to find a seasoned guide.  Many outfitters claim to have years of experience. This doesn’t mean that they are a quality outfitter.  A nice website with some good photos of dead birds is not enough.  Ask how long the company has been in business.  A lot of outfitters have been guiding for years but only running their own business  for a short time.  Goose guiding is about long term relationships with land owners, relationships that are not built in a short time.  Don’t fall for some hot shot kid who knows how to blow a goose call and had enough money to turn on a website.  Look for an outfitter that has been in business for at least 10 years.


A Solid Set Up

Most outfitters will have layout goose blinds for when they are on the move and pits for their standard spots.  It’s not that you can’t get birds while laying in a field covered in camouflage, but it doesn’t make for a very enjoyable experience.  Layout blinds are nice for when the outfitter is traveling to find the birds.  Make you know what the transportation situation will be.  Many times goose hunting in South Dakota involves some windshield time.  You may need to drive from one location to the next.  Just be sure to have an understanding if you are required to drive your vehicle or if you can ride with the guide.  Most outfitters in South Dakota do not provide lodging however they most likely will set you up with a hotel at a discount rate.  Make sure to talk about if food is provided or what kind of food you should be bringing along.  Most often South Dakota goose hunting is cold and windy.  Make certain to bring everything from rain gear to arctic gear.  It is never a bad idea to have a spare gun along with more ammo than you think you would ever need.  These are all good questions to ask your outfitter.


These are just a few simple guidelines for finding a quality goose guide in South Dakota.  There are a lot of good guides out there so just ask a few of these questions and you will probably be able to weed out the bad ones.  Shoot straight and lead your birds!

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South Dakota Fall Goose Hunting



Fall Goose Hunting In South Dakota

Ahh,  It’s that time of year again!  The weather is starting to change forcing our friends up north to pay us a migratory visit.  We should be getting our affairs in order as to make ourselves available for this fantastic time of year.  The Snow Goose & Canadian Goose Hunting Season is upon us in South Dakota.  I for one have been waiting months to get another crack at these majestic creatures.  I can almost smell the gun powder as I step outside into the crisp October air of South Dakota.  I know Bauer my trusted goose hound is chomping at the bit to get out and chase down the these long necked honkers.  I have everything in order for a fantastic hunting season.  While I certainly love spring snow goose hunting there is just something about being outdoors in the fall.

The team here at The Goose Guys has been putting in the long hours getting all of our decoys together and making sure all of our calls are tuneup and ready to bring in the flock.  We have some fantastic new land to hunt this year and can’t wait to watch our guest experience the beauty of a South Dakota Hunt.  The weather is moving slow and steady and making for a nice fall.  We think it should be a nice long migration process this year giving  us time to shoot plenty of the local goose population.  The big Canadian Geese should be down in a few weeks but for now we are going to have fun harvesting the South Dakota birds.

We have three new models of goose calls to try out this year and couldn’t be more excited.  One thing that has been a tremendous success for us is the use of our taxidermy goose decoys.  We have 50 real stuffed geese that  have been cause live geese to break their own necks trying to land in our spread.

I hope that all of our readers are practicing safe hunting and passing on the past time to our youth.  Goose Hunting is special to us all and we need to preserve it for our youth.  I make an effort to get a least a hand full of youngsters out every year.  I hope you all find time to get in the field.

The Goose Guys

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spring snow goose hunting

The spring migration is soon to be in full swing here in South Dakota. We have added yet another snow goose spread for this season to accommodate the growth of our service . We will have 4 different field sets to make sure we can keep our hunters on fresh birds.  Now is the time to contact us if you are considering booking a spring snow goose hunt with us. We have a few dates still available in the end of March and the first few weeks in April.  These dates we will be targeting those young  juvenile birds these birds are often times hard to pattern and will, staged up in pockets ounce we locate these birds you will put up good numbers!. Give The Goose Guys a call and book your spring snow goose hunt today.

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snow goose hunting tips

  • When hunting snow geese, the more calls you have the better. Try using two electronic calls.
  • Arkansas , Northwest Missouri, South Dakota and North Dakota are some of the most popular states for spring snow goose hunting.
  • Gun Loads (for 12-Guages): 3-inch, 3 1/2 inch BB, BBB, or T-Shot in steel are the loads of choice.
  • Choke: improved to full, depending on how your gun patterns with the large loads.
  • Call your state Wildlife Agency for general information on season dates, regulations, and snow goose staging areas.
  • For detailed tips on hunting spring snows, follow us at, “Strategies for Spring Snows,”
  • Decoying: Most guides use 2,000 or more decoys, but if you aren’t going with a guide, 300 to 400 decoys will do the trick.
  • Arrange decoys in a teardrop shape, large at one end and small at the other with your blind in the center.
  • If the geese aren’t finishing all the way to your decoys, switch from layout blinds to all whites and get under the decoys better.
  • Scouting is key. Try to hunt a field that birds were in the night before.
  • Flags and wind socks add movement to a decoy spread. Some hunters also use black and white balloons attached to poles to create the same effect.