Early Goose in September

After talking to hunters for the last 15 years, I know 99% of the questions they are going to ask and when they’re going to ask them in our conversations.  One of the first is always “When’s the best time to come?” Typically my response is “That depends on what your hoping to shoot”.  If the answer is giant Canada geese, then my answer is always “Early season goose hunts in western MN”.
Most people think September when they think early season but for me, early season extends into early to mid October.  This is the time of year where we are mainly hunting family groups of geese that mom and dad hatched that summer.  This may come as a surprise but our favorite type of birds to hunt are … the young, dumb ones! Some of our biggest shoots every year come during this time.  Birds, while local, are constantly shifting within their area in search of better food and habitat during this time.  Any time birds move into an area they are the most susceptible to decoys spreads set up where they’ve been feeding.
We run these hunts from our lodge in western MN.  One of the unique things about these hunts is that we can also hunt SD in addition to western MN.  There are two reasons for this.
  • First our lodge is located just 25 miles from the SD border.   Our hunt radius is typically up to about 60 miles from our lodge this time of year, so a 25 mile drive to the border is a quick trip.
  • Second the non resident license for SD early goose is an over the counter license that can be bought any time.  If you want to hunt ducks in SD as a non resident you have to apply for a license in  June and be entered into their lottery.  South Dakota’s early season also offers a slightly larger bag limit of 8 Canadas per day (MN is 5).
Both states offer EXCELLENT habitat and hunting that time of year so we can put our hunters on their best spot regardless of which state we find them in.

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Sheri BrengmanSheri Brengman
22:17 07 Oct 22
I have hunted with Maxxed Out three separate trips, two early season goose hunts at their lodge in western MN and one snow goose hunt in Kansas. Graham, Andrea, Ashley, and the guides are great! They work hard to plan and run these hunts and it shows. I highly recommend their guide service! 👍🏻
Bill HarrellBill Harrell
14:29 05 Sep 22
What a great weekend. Graham and his crew (Mike, Hayden, Soren,…) were fantastic. Our group of seven had an awesome time and got to shoot a bunch of geese. The lodge was very nice. Although we didn’t really get to take advantage of the grill, fire pit, or sand volleyball court, it is a great place to stay. Highly recommend MaXXed Out Guides and Lodge! 👍🏻
Sean FoySean Foy
21:59 21 Mar 22
Our group hunted with Maxxed Out in Kansas and South Dakota this year. Had a great time in both states. Great housing accommodations. We’d hunt with these guides anytime. Already have dates booked for next year.
Patrick McAllisterPatrick McAllister
23:50 02 Jan 22
Tons of birds.Great guides.Accommodations are great.Always a good time.Wish we didn’t have to leave.
Jim DeanJim Dean
23:49 02 Jan 22
Second year with Graham and his crew in Kansas . Guides are a blast to hunt with and they get the birds in your face. Limited on mallards, Shot snows and darks the same day. Made memories with my sons they will never forget
Brady FrewenBrady Frewen
23:21 02 Jan 22
First hunt of the trip did not pull the trigger once and all the birds were a mile away. The next day we had below zero temps crazy winds, and Graham and his guys put us on a hunt of a lifetime that made every single penny worth it. Third day even though very few birds were killed, seeing the 10s of thousands of snow geese was an experience it’s self. I will be coming back and tell everyone looking for a guided hunt to go through graham and his guys.
Dylan HoflockDylan Hoflock
18:26 21 Nov 21
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George LagoniaGeorge Lagonia
22:27 14 Nov 21
My group has hunted all over the USA and Canada for Waterfowl. My hats off to Graham and his crew. He runs a great show. Their gear is great, their efforts are greater. We are all about our retrievers, Graham made sure that was a priority. No other guide service has ever made sure the set up for our dogs was so important. Super grateful for that guys!!! We had a couple of magical days in S. Dakota with Maxxed Out Guides and will definitely be returning!!
Morgan Von SeggernMorgan Von Seggern
01:21 23 Sep 21
First time hunting Canadian Geese, and it was great time!!! Graham and his crew do a phenomenal job guiding and setting up for hunters. Hit our limit the first morning and did well the second day. They do their very best to scout and set you up for success, even though the birds might not always cooperate.I went on this hunt not knowing a single person and came back with a new group of friends! Will definitely be back for the hunt next year! 🙂
Robert LucasRobert Lucas
19:55 15 Sep 21
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