Hunting in Missouri

Missouri offers a perfect habitat for geese and waterfowl. Thousands of acres of crop stubble, river basins, watersheds, and wetlands are available for the fowl to winter in. It's also a haven for snow goose and waterfowl hunters. The western half where the lower Missouri River sub-basins exist offer hunters excellent duck and geese shooting opportunities. Swan Lake Refuge, Fountain Grove Conservation Area and the Grand Pass Conservation Area around 120 miles to the north of Kansas City are excellent hunting grounds. 45 miles north of St. Joseph is Squaw Creek Refuge where snow geese congregate in large numbers as they migrate north during the spring season.

Usually, hunters favor crop fields, farm ponds, and watershed lakes as these are the places where game abounds. The hunting experience in Missouri is truly unique as the hunter is spoilt for choice. Fall and spring are the hunting seasons and you can either hunt on your own or sign up with outfitters for such hunts. The best time for hunting waterfowl in the regular season is from late of November to the middle of January and from the middle of February to the end of March for the spring conservation order season.

Guides and outfitters that provide hunting opportunities often lease thousands of acres of land. This allows hunters to move to the place where the game is instead of waiting for the game to arrive to where they are. Guides and outfitters provide experienced staff, the decoys and equipment, you only need to bring along your skills. It is not difficult to find lodging around the hunting sites.

Many hunters prefer to hunt using layout style blinds that have over the seasons earned a reputation for being easily hidden and offering the best value for a hunter’s time and effort. Light geese, white-fronted geese, Canada geese are the goose types that you can bag in Missouri. Mallards, wood ducks, pintails, and redheads are also plentiful.

Abundance of snow geese and waterfowl mean that you are rarely denied a chance of hunting with an outfitter. A major advantage of hunting with a guide is that they are aware of the locations where game is bountiful; this is important because even though the habitat extends over a large area and it is not necessary that the geese should be present at the area you chose for your hunt. If you are going to hunt for a day or two in the season, you want to make it a memorable and successful two days.

If you choose to hunt a guide or outfitter, then the Internet is the best place to hunt for a guide to hunt with. Compare offerings in terms of the periods in which the hunt is allowed, the type of waterfowl that are available in their area, support provided – such as decoys, number of hunters allowed, number of kills allowed, and the costs involved. Also, check for past hunter references with a given organization, this should give you an idea of your chances to bag some waterfowl.

Written by Jon Eaton for a Missouri based waterfowl guide and outfitting service including information and resources relating to Missouri Snow Goose And Waterfowl Hunting. Waterfowl Hunting Article Submission service has been provided by team.

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