South Dakota Spring Snow Goose Hunt

Article by Ryan Buck of Coleman, SD
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Heading out

Its the morning of March 6, 2021 and my hunting buddy Matt and I decide we will get up early to try and jump some groups of snow geese that were in the area. I called him the night before letting him know the numbers of birds that I had seen the day before. The next morning we hit the road and headed west of Madison, SD. We were seeing a lot of birds right after sunrise, but they were jumpy and constantly moving.

Finding The Birds

We finally found a flock of around 10 thousand circling a corn field to feed. Moving quickly and got permission from the land owner. As we were pulling up to the field we noticed the birds were feeding towards the west fence line. We parked, grabbed the shotguns from the truck and started making our way down the fence line. After getting to the top of a hill we noticed how close the birds were. They were now feeding south down the fence line towards our location. 

We laid in the grass and waited until the time was right. Others flocks were constantly dropping into the field. We both laid there with anticipation knowing we were going to get shots at this group of snow geese. They moved to around 30 yards away from us and we sensed that now was our time to make our move. Slowly we made our way to our knees, clicked off the safeties on the shotguns and counted to 3. 

As blasts from the shotguns started to ring, a cloud of white raised to the sky. The fruits of our work laid in the field. When it was all over we carried 23 snow geese out of the field. We were both excited that we had gotten out on a group and had a successful hunt. After discussion, we knew we still had plenty of time to get more birds as it was only late morning. Matt and I got back to the truck and loaded up our birds.

The Second Flock

Matt and I continued down the road looking for our next group. We ended up finding another flock landing in a flooded hay field along the west fork of the Vermillion River. Things were not looking promising for us with this group. They sat in an area of the hay field that was flat and did not have much cover. After a while of scoping out the area, some smaller groups had gotten up and moved to a different area in the same field near a fence line and a small hill to get out of the wind. 

We made a call to the land owner and were granted permission to hunt. This would not be an easy hunt. The area was mostly flat, flooded and a long walk to where the birds were sitting. But we knew if we were able to make it to where the small hill started we would be sitting in a good position for getting more shots.

Getting In Position

We started our journey out across the hay field trying to stay in the lowest areas and the tallest grass but were still able to see some of the birds sitting in the open. Small flocks were continuously getting up and landing with the group we were after behind the hillside. We kept moving forward duck walking across the field and made it to the point where we had to cross the river bed. Thankfully it was not very deep or wide and we crossed with ease. 

At this point we were about 100 yards from the top of the hillside and we both knew that we were in for the sneak attack of a lifetime. Matt and I slowly made our way up the side of the hill. Looking down we saw how close the snow geese were to us. We both ducked back down with big grins on our face as they were once again about 30 yards away. After regaining our breath we made our way up to our knees and made the countdown from 3. 

Up we jumped and started blasting away. We caught them by complete surprise as they had no idea that we were there. After Matt and I unloaded we looked out across the water and started collecting our birds. We ended up shooting another 36 out of this group. Matt got his first banded bird that day. It was awesome seeing the smile on his face as he held up his prized blue goose!

Winding Up

We finally made it back to the truck and got everything loaded up right ahead of sunset. Neither of us could believe what had just happened. In total we ended the day with 59 snow geese from two different hunts.  We had a great day of chasing snow geese, making great memories that will last a lifetime and enjoying the outdoors and fresh air that South Dakota offers!

About Hunting Snow and Blue Geese In South Dakota

*South Dakota has two light goose hunting seasons each year. For 2021 the conservation season runs from February 15 to May 15. The regular light goose season runs from September 25 to December 7, 2021. If you have ever wanted to try snow goose hunting in South Dakota, do it! You will not be disappointed. 

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