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  • Cornstalks
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    I'm sitting in Mound city at Quakers restaurant right now while my guys are in eating. Across from me is a body of water on the other side of the interstate that's fairly well covered up with birds. Just watched several flocks of pintails drop in and there is a lot of dark geese on it. There's also a smattering of snow geese just kind of spread out through all of the rest of them

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  • jolle
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    That's funny. In March last year we saw thousands of gulls and they were feeding in beans! From a distance you had to watch close or glass them, because there were so many it was hard to believe they weren't snows. But they weren't flocked up much either, kinda spread out both in the air and on the ground .... but it caused several double takes.

    Saw some big groups of pelicans over the weekend, they make you look twice from a distance. They're the right color and they like to tornado around, just way too big!

  • Cornstalks
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    Ha ha ha ha ha, your disease needs a cure obviously

  • mo4NU
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    I chased a small group of snows from a distance on the way to church yesterday that turned out to be seagulls. Was fun until it wasnt!

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  • jolle
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    Sitting in the deer stand last night I heard a small group go over low. Never saw them and it sounded like just a handful of birds, but they were close and unmistakably snows.

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  • jolle
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    The other day I was getting in the car at daylight and heard a squeak. Stood there and heard it 3 more times, almost positive it was a Ross peep as it never yodeled like a speck, but I never saw it. Been seeing quite a few specks going down the Miss river.

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  • Geez n Quackers
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    I was out in the Garage a lot last night. The specks were on the move big time over Kansas City. I kept listening for snows mixed in but never did hear any.

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  • jolle
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    That's cool, these cool breezes have a few birds moving already.

    I tried teal yesterday in eastern MO hoping they'd be riding the leading edge of the front, but didn't see any migration activity and mostly pintails flying around. Friend of mine hunted today and had some spoonies buzz him a few times before heading south.

  • Cornstalks
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    Never say never I guess. What an oddity!

  • Geez n Quackers
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    A friend of mine in East Central MO said he "heard a flock of snows going over and went outside to watch them". If it was anyone else, I would be questioning what they heard and saw. But he has been hunting and guiding for them for 25 years. Awfully early. Over the years, I have seen a few flocks of specks this early but never snows. Just the messenger here.

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  • MODAKR
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    i think it left a mark on hiim.... he's been talking about it and just this morning he was writing in his 3rd grade journal a 'hunting tutorial' :-) and he likes the nickname CK !!!

  • Cornstalks
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    Great story! Many years from now this day has what matters most for both you and your son. You can't have enough of special days like that and hope you have many more like it.

  • jolle
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    Hard to beat, glad I was there to witness most of it and his excitement for his first shots.

    Hope next year brings us more good times with the kids.

  • Sarge
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    This is my favorite story this year. I’ll bet the “Cripple Killer” will be seeing snow geese in his sleep like the rest of us. Thanks for sharing your experience and memories.
    ps: Maybe your son has a new nickname, “CK.”

  • MODAKR
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    Follow up to jolle's report of our saturday hunt... as we all know you just never know what is going to happen on a snow goose trip... I really didn't think we would find any birds to begin with. All i found friday night was the same bunch of specks and 3 snows that i had seen 2 weeks earlier, in the exact same spot! Jolle hit the jackpot though which was so lucky as you only have about 15 min to catch them in the air and they are down again. And then on top of it he got permission.. so we were set.

    So on top of not really expecting to find much i sure didn't think my son would have as many shooting opp's as he did. He got a single shot .410 for Christmas and honestly hasn't shot it that much which is my responsibility but I figured we go for it and see what happens on this trip. And sometimes maybe being thrown into a situation is better than planning for it!

    We had a single ross in the decoys prior to shooting time and that dang thing just about wouldn't leave. eventually he did but he came right back and landed and now we are like 5 min into shooting time and my son is thinking 'gee this is way better than the crappy duck hunts dad has taken me on!'. and here is what is great about hunting with good people. jolle says if you want him to shoot at him go for it; don't think it will screw up the other birds. so i had him shoot and unfortunately he didn't connect; but hey it was all good. the morning went on and we had birds work pretty good and jolle and i got a couple volleys into them and had several on the ground. we broke for lunch and then my son and i came back mid afternoon to see what would happen. no birds were around, not surprisingly and we got some good napping in along with chasing the dog around and my son telling me ' dad those geese aren't coming back today!'. LOL.

    we decided to check out a pond on the property that mallards were dumping into all morning. and we found a crippled ross on the pond so we got the .410 and after several attempts and a bit more instruction, the boy was proudly holding his own bird. apparently that instruction i gave was better than what i had done previously cause in the evening when the birds returned we had a juvie snow land behind us right in the decoys. i explained to my son to sit up slowly and carefully and turn around and when he was ready take a shot at that goose.... his pattern was squared up on it and he has his own 100% solo bird! the first one ever! hard to say who was more happy at that point!

    i did get a couple volley's into other birds and took 4 more and some of the birds actually sat down on the same nearby pond that they roosted on the previous night. We were elated and started picking up decoys before it got totally dark.

    I got some great video of him recounting the stories of the day and all in all it was an absolutely incredible day. As an avid hunter, like many others, when you bring home that baby boy from the hospital i think its fairly normal to have visions and hopes that some day your son will be able to harvest his first bird with you. So to have that come to reality, is really something... hard to put into words! and all i kept hearing while picking up decoys is 'dad when can we do this again??? ' :)

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