New For Spring Snow Goose Hunting 2014
Top Gun now has 100% mobile lodging! Over the past 12 seasons the hunting pressure has doubled to say the least. Birds are pressured more than ever and moving faster and shifting feeding patterns more often. So we have adapted again as we always do with my crews of guides moving with mobile trailers and fully equipped to hunt anywhere anytime during the season beginning Jan 27th and ending in May.
Top Gun now offers all inclusive packages including lodging and bird cleaning for $1100. Includes 3 1/2 day hunt with 4 nights lodging.
Our Mound City location also has a full service bar and restaurant (Sportsmans Lodge, Bigelow MO. KC style BBQ) onsite for your convenience. Also our Devils Lake lodge offers 4-6 man cabins with a main lodge. Our guides also are onsite in these locations.
We also can do our normal daily hunt rate for $175 per day.
Let your hard earned money go to the aspects of the hunt that matter like land, "the right equipment", scouting, electronics, and hard working experienced guides. Not wasted on gimmicks or trial and error on "what is effective to decoy snow geese" (full bodies vs. windsock, vortex, UV, etc.)
Top Gun boasts an arsenal of 18,000 Deadly Decoys with custom 3 foots stainless stakes and back supports in every decoy!!!! We are proud to say that we are one of few outfitters in the country that hunt snow geese for up to eight months of the year in the mid west and Saskatchewan Canada in the spring and fall. We hunt Missouri, South Dakota, North Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas, and the holy grail of shooting snows... Quill Lake, Saskatchewan.
Our Overall Guide Objectives and Hunting Philosophy:
This will be our 12th season of spring snow goose hunting. A lot has changed and we have adapted!
We offer any type of spring hunt that you would prefer. We hunt in various locations with all types of equipment that have proven to be effective to decoy snow geese. We have a total of eight decoy spreads that we constantly move (if needed)and hunt on a daily basis. We have eliminated any equipment that we feel is not effective and a waste of valuable time. We know that our time concealing and fixing the decoy spread is much more important. Some days all the sets are full of hunters and some days only a few will be full. Either way we have plenty full time guides and full time spotters and decoy setters. This ensures plenty of help if there is a solid snow line and birds stop moving north. The birds start feeding habits in the area and we will be able to target them better and move on them where they feed. These fields will be set at night or midday.
When there isn't a snow line we keep our decoys set in the prime migratory funnels that the birds use each year. These are only learned by hunting these fields for the last ten years. This is when you really benefit from experienced guides. In the spring you will not always benefit from hunting scouted feeder birds as those birds can feed in a field in the morning in Missouri and feed in another field in South Dakota that afternoon. Some fields will be set the day we get there and can shoot great averages for the entire two or three week time frame. If they dry up and stop killing birds we simply move them into another funnel or "Killing Field" as we call them. These are fields that may not ever had a bird feeding in but we know year after year when we put our decoys in it we slaughter them!
Chasing an "X" field can sometimes be like chasing your tail. In the spring birds feed a lot different than in the fall. The biggest shoots on snow geese will happen from a push back of geese from the north or migratory birds from the south on sunny south wind days. These days will always out shoot hunting feeder birds in an "X" field. On these days make sure you are in the field hunting with a lot of shells and not moving decoys or chasing feeder birds. In either scenario we will work hard to put you in funnels or feeder fields.
When you arrive we will give you our game plan as it pertains to the bird patterns and activity in the area. Top Gun wants our customers to have the most enjoyable hunt possible while hunting snows. Weather and snow geese combined can be one of the most predictable and unpredictable hunt you will ever experience. Unpredictable always doesn't refer to bad hunting as it can be some of the greatest waterfowl hunting you will ever see on an day to day or even hour to hour basis .I personally am proud to have watched these birds migrate each spring as it is the greatest migration of birds on earth!!
Snow Goose Hunting Schedule
We start spring snow goose hunting in
NE Arkansas- Jan 27th - Feb 20th
Central Missouri- February 15th - March 1st
Mound City, Missouri Feb 20th - March 20th
Northern Kansas / Nebraska March 10th - March 25th
South and North Dakota March 20 - May 6th
We finish the spring snow goose hunting season in Saskatchewan from April 25th to May 20th.We have land leases in all these areas as we hunt in these areas in the spring and fall. We have been finding these areas and following bird patterns for years that gives a head start on the competition new to these locations.
Hunting Equipment & Group Numbers:
Each snow goose hunt consists of hunting behind 1800 snow goose decoys (Bar none the highest end best decoys on the market (Deadly Decoys), electronic callers engineered by us and not offered to the public to stand out from the norm, we try hunt 6 to 8 hunters max per field depending on how the group numbers calculate. We hunt out HS Hitman blinds(with snow covers in case of snow) We will work with each group to make the hunt work. Dogs are allowed only in an exclusive groups.(6 to 8) We do not allow them in mixed parties.
Snow Goose Hunting Guides:
Hunters will benefit from dedicated snow goose hunting guides who scout fields daily and are willing to relocate in an effort to stay on top of feeding and migrating snows. We have a young energetic staff of snow goose hunting machines. My guides have proven to have the stamina and knowledge to put you on birds throughout the entire 120 day season. This is a grueling, muddy, and bloody 120 days that not many guides can finish. We all work together and have a system that has been proven year after year and we have the client base to prove it. When the snows leave overnight we are able to do the same and be on birds the next afternoon. As a client we expect the same of you because sometimes we have to jump from one state to another on a days notice. This is for your benefit. We scout daily in the area we are hunting and we scout the next state we will be jumping to when the geese migrate north. We do everything in our power to get you on birds daily.
What to bring and what to expect:
During the spring snow goose hunting season, most states have very liberal bag limits and no plug laws. The average daily harvest ranges anywhere from 20-50 birds per group, with the exceptional days exceeding 100+ birds. On a 3 day hunt we ask that hunters bring 8 boxes of shells (12 gauge 3” BB or BBB). Face mask, knee high boots for muddy conditions and warm, waterproof clothing helps when you hunt sunrise to sunset. You are encouraged to hunt all day (guides will take a midday break)You can expect temps as low as 10 degrees to 70 degrees for a high. Bird cleaning and lodging are also available. (not included)
Always do your homework before booking a hunt so you know what to expect when you arrive.
Missouri Non-resident License $45 Firearms safety required if born on/after 1-1-1967
Mo. Lic. online - www.wildlifelicense.com/mo/
Mo. Lic by phone - 800-392-4115
South Dakota Non-resident License $45
South Dakota Youth under 16 $25 plus hunter safety
S.D. Lic. online - www.sdgfp.info/licenses.htm
S.D. Lic. by phone - 605-773-3485
North Dakota Non-resident License $50
Licenses can only be bought online.
Saskatchewan Non-resident License - $18 (Migratory Bird Permit) 08'
50% non-refundable deposit required per hunter. This is to insure proper planning and gear needed for each season.
Sportsmans Lodge : This is where we stay and is included in our all inclusive hunt package
660-442-5165 or 660-442-0103
402 Rulo Street
Bigelow, Missouri 64437
Hunting Accommodations In Mound City, Missouri
1211 State St.
Mound City, MO 64470
Super 8 Motel
109 West 8th St.
Mound City, MO 64470
Once you arrive in Mound City, call us and we will make arrangements to meet you. You can view a map of Mound City and print driving direction below.
All South Dakota, North Dakota and Saskatchewan Hotels are arranged by Top Gun. Call us for details on reserving a room.
Our Mobile Lodging pictured below