Sping Snow migration

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  1. rddckhtr

    rddckhtr Refuge Member

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    Had a snow goose hunt planned for 1st week of April, with all the recent snow we are delaying until 3 rd or 4th week in April. Any predictions on when the birds will pass through North Dakota?
     
  2. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    If the forecast is accurate they will likely start showing up mid to late next week. Barring and insanely late blizzard the main push will be well past by the third week of April.
     
  3. PorkChop

    PorkChop Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    To be honest I am surprised I have not seen any honkers up here yet. Thought for sure today I would see them.
     
  4. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    There not even moving down here. River is locked up tight and fields have 30 inches of snow in them. Screenshot_20190317-182536.jpg
     
  5. PorkChop

    PorkChop Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    As much as I love to hunt spring snows I am ready to do some casting for Mr. walleye
     
  6. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    I'm just ready to see my damn grass!
     
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    KEN Moderator Moderator

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    Yeah, same here. 50's here next weekend. That should melt some snow.
     
  8. Dean Nelson

    Dean Nelson Moderator Goose Hunting/North Dakota Moderator

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    Yeah that's the part that always seems to throw people off. They see the massive amount of snow we have and think that that means it'll take really a long time for the birds to get here. forgetting the fact that it makes sheet water really really fast and it also tends to flood out low-lying creeks which clears the snow out the fields while simultaneously making a roost pond. The only question is those forecasts always tend to be really crappy at spotting the one thing that almost always invariably happens right now and that is fog. Never fails that a fair few of the days that were supposed to be really nice end up being foggy till 2 in the afternoon holding the temps back.
     
  9. PorkChop

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    My buddy saw a pair of honkers this morning just north of town so they are on their way.
     
  10. zoops

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    Saw my first group of honks today flying over Bismarck, about 150 in formation heading north...pretty certainly not the birds that have hung out in town all winter.
     

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