When it comes to Canada goose hunting, few places hold the mystique of western Minnesota in October. When the migration hits full swing as many as 200,000 Canada geese can be found in the region, with as many as 150,000 calling the Lac Qui Parle Refuge home. Knowing what the hunting can be like in the area, Hunt The North’s Dan Wennerlind and I decided we should pay our friend Chuck Ellingson, of the Watson Hunting Camp, a visit. Now don’t get me wrong, a visit with Chuck and his brother Matt is worth a trip, but the thought of tens of thousands of Canada geese and some of the best pheasant hunting in Minnesota sealed the deal.
Anyone who has been to the Lac Qui Parle area in the fall knows what a big deal goose hunting is. Many of the farmers in the area rent out blinds on their fields for hunters trying to intercept geese coming to and leaving the refuge. There are also quite a few outfitters and guides who lease fields and set up hunts.