Adam said that what makes the spring season such a rewarding experience for him is watching flocks of up to 100,000 geese in the air at one time and actually having flock sizes all the way from 25 geese to 5,000+ locked up and circling overhead multiple times a day. He also stated that having the ability to share that experience with new hunters who have never seen the spectacle of the spring migration is what really makes all the work worth the effort.
After I heard that I had a better understanding as to why Adam has such a great passion for the spring season. I then wanted to know exactly what the spring season entails, as I had yet to participate on a spring conservation season hunt. Adam was very excited to keep going on this topic. He said that he usually starts his spring hunts around the middle of February each year and runs his hunts full time until around the middle of April, but with the spring weather conditions so different every year, those dates are only a rule of thumb.
Adam also added that he is basically preparing for his spring hunts year round as he typically likes to make trips to visit his farmers every month of the year, to keep in good standing and to see what conditions are going to be like for the upcoming spring. Adam said that he also enjoys being the first to field test any new equipment that is coming out on the market and has relationships with many of the waterfowl equipment manufacturers to be on that list. But I could tell by the emphasis that Adam puts on landowner relations that, that is a big reason he is so successful. In fact Adam said going on his 10th season, he now has permission on over 10,000 acres of private property in Missouri and well over 10,000 acres in South Dakota available for him to hunt when the geese migrate through each of those areas in the spring.