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First Flight Finishers

Hunting Early Season Honkers with a Goose Hunting Fanatic!
By Dan Wennerlind

Adam Johnson is a true goose hunting fanatic. Adam started First Flight Finishers guide service over 6 years ago in an attempt to share with as many hunters as he can, the experience of true decoying waterfowl. Earlier this summer Adam made the offer to share one of his early season Canada goose hunts together and I could not pass it up. With over 30 fields and 5 golf courses at his disposal I knew I was going to have a great hunt with Adam………

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For the month of September we will be reviewing the services of First Flight Finishers. Based out of the metro area in the Twin Cities- Owner Adam Johnson specializes in landing Canada geese! Adam has access to the properties of 22 land owners around the Metro area and in south central Minnesota, He also has 5 area golf courses available for the early Canada goose hunting season. In the spring Adam offers exceptional spring snow goose hunts in Missouri, South Dakota and Minnesota…yes I said Minnesota.

About The Outfitter

First Flight Finishers is based out of the Twin City Metro area. Owner and outfitter Adam Johnson is a die hard waterfowler who grew up in White Bear Lake, Mn. Adam has been hunting waterfowl across the state of Minnesota since he was a kid. Adam specializes in landing Canada geese and Snow geese. Adam and his brother / head guide Matt Johnson, who is also a manager in the hunting department at Joe’s Sporting Good Store in the off season, are dedicated professionals to the sport. Adam has invested years of research and hard work into building relationships with over 22 key land owners in the metro area and in south central Minnesota to assure that his clients are on birds all season long. In addition, Adam has used the same strategy to gain access to over 40,000 acres of prime spring snow goose hunting property around Squaw Creek NWR in Missouri, near Lake Thompson in South Dakota and in his sleeper spot in Minnesota- that he wishes to keep on the down low, for exeptional spring snow goose hunts.

Hunting Accommodations

First Flight Finishers offers hunts in all areas of the Metro area, as well as in south central Minnesota for fall waterfowl hunts. Most of their hunts are daily hunts but reservations can be made at a comfortable area motel as needed prior to the hunt. Making sure his clients are completely satisfied, I found is a big part of the service that Adam provides. Therefore if there are any special requests regarding the specifics for lodging in the area just let Adam know and he will make sure your needs are met.

With the wide variety of restaurants in the metro area, finding a quality place to eat is never an issue. Growing up in the area Adam knows of all the best restaurants to choose from.

During the spring season Adam makes sure his clients are put up in comfortable motels as close as possible to the fields they are hunting in. Adam has been guiding for spring snow geese in these specific areas for over 6 years now and knows of all the best area motels to stay in. He will also make sure you have reservations made prior to arrival. When the birds arive in central Sd Adam sets up base camp in De Smet near Lake Thompson. Adam has a special discounted rate at the local motel for his clients and has a base camp pole barn set up near by.

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Guided Fall Waterfowl Hunts

First Flight Finishers specializes in waterfowl hunting throughout Minnesota’s east metro and southern MN. Guided hunts will include but are not limited to hunting anything from newly scouted fields with an overwhelming numbers of birds feeding in the field to duck marshes that hold a numerous variety of waterfowl to late season golf course hunts. They specialize in Twin Cities, Western and South Western Minnesota hunts.

First Flight Finishers field hunt with an ALL Full-Body (and Green Head Gear shells for late season) spread totaling hundreds of decoys depending on the field. They are one of the only guide services that offer 30+ fields to hunt.

By having that many spots, they can more easily locate where the geese and ducks are flying. They have fields that are consistent early and as the geese move out to the exterior, they have fields farther out to accommodate late season hunting. Hunts over water include numerous spinning wing and motion decoys with large spreads. Book today to see what a golf course or oat and winter wheat field hunt in the Twin Cities is like.

Guided Spring Snow Goose Hunts

First Flight Finishers offers guided spring snow goose hunts starting at the end of February in Mound City Missouri around the Squaw Creek NWR and then following the birds north into South Dakota and South western Minnesota into mid April. Outfitter Adam Johnson has been successfully guiding spring snow goose hunters for over 6 years now and has the experience and dedication to make sure you have a quality hunt. Adam has well over 40,000 acres of private property at his disposal in these areas to assure you will be hunting fresh fields full of geese on your hunt.

During your hunt you can expect to hunt over a spread over well over 2,000 decoys. The spread will consist of custom UV painted Sillosock and Avery full body snow and blue goose decoys. Adam has invested countless hours and dollars into his decoy spreads.

He also has the finest electronic callers and layout blinds to make your hunt as comfortable as possible. A spring hunt with First Flight Finishers will be a most memorable hunting experience!

Hunting Rates

Minnesota Fall Waterfowl Hunts

  • Early Canada Goose Season Daily Rates: $125 (5 honkers/day)
  • Regular Season Daily Rates: $80 Weekday……$90 Weekend day

Spring Snow Goose Hunts

  • South Dakota, Missouri & Minnesota
  • Daily Rates: $150.00 per day, per hunter
  • 1/2 Day Hunts: $125.00 per day, per hunter
  • Does Not included: License, Lodging or Meals
  • Lodging reservations can be made for you as needed

Additional Policies

With any of the waterfowl hunts that First Flight Finishers offers, your well trained retrievers are always welcome to join in on the hunt.

Outfitter Adam Johnson is also offering a Wonderful Hunt Special where Kids Under 18 Hunt For Free! This is an opportunity to bring the youngsters along on the hunt at no additional charge.

On all spring snow goose hunts Adam does require a $100 deposit at the time of booking per hunter. On fall hunts groups of 4 or more also must send a deposit of $50 per hunter. Groups of less then 4 hunters are not required to send in a deposit for fall hunts.

First Flight Finishers Outfitter Rating

Catagories Comments Ranking 1-5 best
Outfitter Knowledge/Personality Adam and Matt are seasoned vets at pre-scouting fields, setting up spreads and finishing birds, not to mention making the hunt a ton of fun 5
Quality Of Equipment Used Adam uses high quality Avery full body decoys and layout blinds. He has 3 trailers full of decoys at his disposal. 5
Opportunity To Take Game On back to back hunts Adam was able to put multiple flocks of birds well within gun range and in the decoys 5
Ability To Tailor Trip To Customer’s Needs On the first hunt Adam made motel reservations at a casino near the hunt to make for a funfilled evening. Adam then set up the second hunt with in a 1/2 hour from home. 5
Quality Of Lodging & Meals Although meals and lodging are not included in your daily rate, Adam is able to recommend numerous restaurant options in the Twin City area. He is also able to make recommendations for area motels. 3
Pricing Of Hunt & Additional Costs Of Trip With Spring Snow Goose Hunts set at $150 per day and regular fall waterfowl hunts set at under $100 per day, you defenitely get your moneys worth! 5
Overall Quality Of The Trip Not only did Adam and Matt put multiple flocks of geese in range on both hunts but they worked hard to make sure the overall hunt was a complete success from start to finish! 5
Overall First Flight Finishers Scored 33 Out Of 35 Giving Them An “A” Rating. We Would Not Hesitate To Refer Them For Their Excellent Guided Waterfowl Hunts! 33/35

For More Information

First Flight Finishers

Outfitter Adam Johnson
Phone: 651-442-7259
Address: 4824 Sharon Lane White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Email Address: john4723@umn.edu
Website Address: firstflightfinishers.com