1 – The most abundant group in North America, this subspecies nests along the Arctic coasts from Canada to northern Alaska. The sparse breeding populations in central Alaska and in the Canadian Taiga have been separated in the past as true gambelli (averaging larger and darker), with Tundra breeders being called frontalis (averaging smaller and paler). All are considered by Banks to be gambelli, but these southern breeders are poorly-known. All of these birds winter in mid-continent and band returns show almost no mixing with other populations. Source: http://www.sibleyguides.com
The season is coming quickly. There have been scattered reports of specks showing up in Kansas, and I dare say Arkansas. My grandson Walker, who is now enrolled at Arkansas State in Jonesboro, is going on a scouting mission today.
The hunting reports from Canada have been mixed. Some hunters are reporting almost impossible hunting for the snows while others are saying it's been great hunting. That's the thing about hunting. There are many factors that involve a "good hunt."
My gut feeling is that it is too early to make decisions on what the quality of hunting will be, but one thing we know to be true -- we will have birds. The migration has already begun. The main migration won't be until the middle of November, and the birds that are being hunted now are typical non-breeders. I do have hope the hatch of young snow geese wasn't a total bust, like initial reports.
If you get a chance and hear some waterfowl "honking," head outside and enjoy the beautiful imagery of waterfowl migrating. In my opinion Fall doesn't happen without a sky full of birds in a V pattern.
On the home front Andy (Crazy Andy) continues to brainstorm the Stuffer Concept. We have daily conversations on the how to build and deploy them. We also have some exciting news on returning guides this season. Brad Pitcher has guided for us in the past, but most recently has been serving our great country in the 82nd Airborne. His stint has ended and he will join us in Arkansas this season. Chad Hartman, who also has guided for Third Coast in the past, also will join us this season with his craziness and creative approach to our sport.
I am slowly reassembling the Third Coast team we had so much success with in Texas. We now have Andy, Brad, Chad and Walker. That brings over a hundred years of hunting experience to the field. It also brings a lot of good bull, laughs and really exciting times ahead.