Arkansas Snow Goose Hunting

Spring Snow Goose Hunting starts in NE Arkansas for the crew at Premier Flight.  Our Arkansas Snow Goose Hunts are our most consistent hunts due to the fact there is low pressure on the geese to low hunter numbers in the area, this is key to put the snow geese at ease and easy to decoy.  Our guided snow goose hunts are based out of the Newport, Arkansas area which is an area dominated by rice fields and winter wheat which draws in the migrating snow geese who need energy to make that next jump north into Missouri on their migration north each spring.  The area we hunt is sandwiched between the White River and the Cache River which produces a great transfer of birds between the two bodies of water.  On top of using the rivers for roosts the geese also roost in still flooded rice fields which create a large concentration of birds which ensures a great snow goose hunting opportunity for our hunters. 

Arkansas Snow Goose Hunts

Guided Snow Goose Hunt - What to expect?

What to expect on your guided snow goose hunt: Your Snow Goose Guide will meet you the first morning at a pre-defined location to start the day off and travel to the field with you.  From there we will do all final preparations to the snow goose decoys, goose blinds, electronic snow goose calls, and other motion devices. We will usually ask for a little help in the morning if you are will brushing up blinds and making sure all the decoys are looking good, with 1,500 decoys it takes some time to make sure everything is perfect.  The first morning is typically a little earlier due to the fact it will take longer to get everyone situated in the field and ready for the first flight of snow geese.  Once the flight starts we will typically be in the blinds until 10am-noon depending on the conditions before breaking for lunch.  After lunch we will return to the field for the afternoon flight of snow geese from the surrounding roost ponds and flooded fields.  When we are all done at the end of the day we may ask for some help packing up if we are moving to a new field in the morning if you are willing.  We also need to make sure all the geese get cleaned which our guides will show you the right techniques so they are still legal for transport which requires a wing to be attached.

Guided Snow Goose Hunting Results: An “average” day in the field will result in 15-30 snow geese being taken per group of snow goose hunters.  But there is always a good chance of a great hunt of 50-100 snow geese being taken, or a poor day due to weather or changes in the flight path of the geese and we only take 0-5 birds.  While most days will be an average hunt we all look forward to the amazing 50+ bird days that will hook you forever on snow goose hunting, it is “waterfowl crack” if you get a taste of it once…..it will keep you coming back for more!

The Premier Flight Difference: Our snow goose guides know this area well as it is considered a “home” area for them to hunt.  We have a good relationship with our farmers who let us on their property to run the snow goose hunts and this is key for success in this area.  With access to over 20,000 acres of prime land we can ensure we will always be on a good field, heck farmers will even call us to keep the feeding birds off their winter wheat fields.  This is the big difference between us and other snow goose outfitters; we are from this region and know the land owners. 

Area we Hunt: You more than likely will be staying in Newport, Arkansas.  The hunts will take place within 30 minutes of town each day, some days closer and some days a little further drive. 

Weather: Well this can change from shorts/tee shirt weather to COLD in a hurry.  To get a better idea before you hunt what to expect check the weather forecast here….Newport Weather

Lodging - NEW IN 2013! - Premier Flight will be offering lodging at a local duck club that sleeps up to 14 hunters.  This club is in the heart of the area we hunt and will surly add to the overall experience of your hunt in NE Arkansas this coming spring.  For more information check out the lodge - Link to Lodge

Other Lodging: There are several lodging options in the area.  Link to Lodging
 - Fortune Inn & Suites Newport - (870) 523-5851
 - Days Inn Newport - (870) 523-6411
 - Additonal options if you click on above link.

Distance to your snow goose hunt:
From Memphis – 92 Miles
From Saint Louis – 260 Miles
From Shreveport – 300 Miles
From Dallas – 400 Miles
From Minneapolis – 780 Miles

Arkansas Snow Goose License:  These are free you just need to call the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission {800-364-GAME} .They’re open Mon - Fri during normal business hours. When you call they will give you a snow goose registration number just write it on your license from the state your from and bring that with you on the hunt.

Arkansas Snow Goose Hunts

Dates:     January 27th - January 31st and February 3rd - February 28th, 2014
Monday - Thursday
 - $150/day per hunter
 - $125/half day
 - $425/3-day hunt (2.5 Day Hunt, hunt till noon on the last day)

Friday - Sunday
 -
$175/day per hunter
 - $150/half day
 - $500/3-day hunt (2.5 Day Hunt, hunt till noon on the last day)

Note: A non-refundable deposit of 50% is required at time of bookings.Premier Flight Deposit Policy

These snows move feeding grounds often. We like to stay one step ahead of them so we have a guide every day who scouts for the next day’s hunt. Because the weather plays a significant role in the success of the hunt, we highly recommend that you book a 2 to 3 day hunt to maximize your hunting success. We have state of the art electronic caller systems and our fields have huge spreads with lay-down blinds or pits. We typically hunt 6 clients per field; to ensure your private field you must have 6 hunters on the weekend.

Spring Snow Goose Hunting - What to bring?

What to Bring to your spring snow goose hunt: Spring snow goose hunting is a season of extremes.  One day it can be 70 and sunny and the next 15 and snowing out, because of this it good to be prepared for your hunt.  Here is a list of things you may want to consider bringing for your hunt.
Guns – For spring snow goose hunting we recommend a 12ga shotgun, 10ga are fine but if you are on a hot hunt pulling the trigger on 200 rounds might get a little hard on your shoulder.  If you have one I would bring a back-up gun just in case you have issues with your gun, with the changing conditions and the mud in the fields guns tend to have issues.  I would also not recommend bringing a gun that needs to be babied since we are hunting out of layout blinds and the gun must be inside of the blind with you and things tend to be a little dirty in the spring. 

Ammo
– We recommend BB’s, this is a great all around shot.  If the birds are working in tight 2’s are great, if the snow geese are not playing nice and we need to shoot a little higher BB or BBB is a better option.   I always recommend 2-3 boxes per day hunted; most guys bring a full case for a 3 day hunt. Best Deal I have found and this is all I personally shoot in the spring is 3" BB from Roger's Sporting Goods

Clothing
– Well you need to prepare for anything while chasing snow geese in the spring.  Most snow goose guides will have an entire back seat full of clothes because they know Mother Nature will throw anything at them from day to day.  I would recommend some warm waterproof clothing because it can snow and dip down into the teens and twenties in the spring.  Because there is often snow melt and rain in the spring the fields tend to be a little bit muddy, because of this many spring snow goose hunters tend to give up and wear waders which is a great option since you can strip down and jump into your truck and be clean underneath.  Otherwise I would plan on temps from 10-70, sun to snow/rain.  You just never know what Mother Nature is going to throw at you.

Camera
– always nice to be able to capture that pile of snow geese at the end of the day.
Headlamp – This is very handy early in the AM getting into the field and getting settled into your blind.  Also it is a must for moving spreads after a PM hunt if you are asked to help out.

License
– Both MO an SD have a paid license that is available in local stores or online.  AR also requires a license but is free. 

Face Mask
– A great idea to keep your shinny face hidden from the circling snow geese, a forehead on a sunny day is like a mirror telling the snow geese exactly where you are.
Snacks – There are days when the birds are migrating that we will not leave the field, it is a great idea to bring plenty of snacks/drinks with you each day.

Foam Pad
– Now the blinds are plenty comfortable, but personally I won’t go into a field in the spring without one of these.  When the fields are muddy so is the inside of your blind, when it is cold these will make it feel like it is 20 degrees warmer.  These pads are worth every penny you spend on them if you are hunting in the cold or mud, usually Wal-Mart will have them for $5-8, they are just foam pads and can be cut in ½ and shared between two hunters. Wal-Mart – Foam Pad.

Back Warmer
– For me these are my savior in the during snow goose season.  Picking up thousands of decoys takes a toll on the old back and I will rely on these when my back is getting tight.  They last 8-10 hours and keep by backside nice and toasty in the spring.  If you have a bad back you might want to consider.  Wal-Mart – Back Warmer

Toe Warmer
– Again you are laying for hours on end in a cold muddy field, even with the best boots your toes might get cold.  Almost every morning if it is cooler out I will toss in a pair of these and I don’t have to worry about cold toes all morning. Wal-Mart – Toe Warmers

Cleaning Supplies
– Remember at the end of the day the birds must be cleaned.  Since a wing must be left for transport I recommend 1 gallon zip lock bags, only one bird per bag.  A knife, latex gloves, and some water/towels for cleanup are nice too.  Also some large strong trash bags for the rest of the bird, if your guide can’t find a home for the waste most hotels will let you toss them(make sure to ask first).

A sense of humor
– There is plenty of down time in the field, days turn LONG if you can’t have a little fun and tell some stories/jokes in the field to kill some time.

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