In the last 10 years, we have noticed a drastic change in the central flyway, the migration is shifting west. 10 years ago eastern Alberta had much fewer birds and spring snow goose numbers here were a fraction of what they are now. Every year we see more and more birds, and outfitters all over Alberta and Saskatchewan agree, the migration is shifting west. Now we are seeing huge numbers of Canada’s, specks, snows, Mallards, and pintails all the way west to the foothills. Many believe that this is due to the high pressure the birds see from Saskatchewan to North Dakota, Kansas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, etc. The number of hunters in these states dwarfs the western states and the pressure on these birds huge.
Another advantage we have over the Saskatchewan waterfowl outfitters is the fact that we can hunt dark geese (Canada’s and specks) in the afternoon. Saskatchewan waterfowl hunting laws state that dark geese can only be hunted in the morning until October 15, then they can be hunted in the afternoon as well. This limits hunting opportunities big time and creates many challenges for planning hunts. The spring snow goose limit in Saskatchewan is 20 per person per day, in Alberta it is 50 per person per day. All other limits are the same in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
After spending 5 years guiding in each province we highly recommend a guided hunt in Alberta. Less hunting pressure, better results.