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  • Writer's pictureRandy Triplett

It's Getting Close

Traditionally, October 12 is a big milestone for specklebelly migration. I have spent many countless hours on the traditional Columbus Day holiday – October 12 – watching the wave after wave of the big brown birds pile in after their long trip from the northern climes.

And sure enough, this Columbus Day I began receiving reports of specks showing up in big numbers in Arkansas, as well as some specs being spotted on the Texas Gulf Coast. I'm heading to Arkansas next week and will be able to give you a first-hand report on the numbers there with an official visual observation.

This was taken from the highway outside of Jonesboro, Arkansas.

And good news continues to come out of Canada. Juvenile counts are still very encouraging. Even with the limited number of hunts going on in Canada, the juvenile number reports are good.

I see 2020 as a very possible throwback year. Because of COVID, this year could potentially be the way hunting snow geese was before electronic hunts were allowed in the fall. It could be unbelievable. I am looking forward to whipping their white asses.

I am often asked what is the best type of weather for decoying snow geese. The answer is simple – FOG . A snow goose's main defense is its eyesight. When you take away its ability to see, they become A LOT easier to decoy. Hunting in the FOG is the most exciting thing you can imagine. Hearing but not seeing them, and then when you do see them, they come in to die. I get goose bumps (pun intended) just thinking about it.

That's what is great about Arkansas. The Arkansas delta is very low and flat, making it perfect for FOG.

Maybe you note a bit of excitement in my story. Well, the reason for that is my old 67-year-old ass is excited.

Stay tuned for my next blog! I will re-announce the winner of our recent contest, and I'll talk about my second favorite hunting weather.

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