Western Minnesota




The fall migration in western MN has become one of the nations best kept secrets. The perfect blend of habitat, potholes and large grain fields, provide everything they need in their migration south in the fall.

Our regular season (ducks and geese) open in late September and typically run through Thanksgiving or the last weekend in November.  We shoot mainly local ducks (mallards, teal & wood ducks) around opener and for the first 10-14 days of the season. Our first waves of migrating mallards, wigeon, pintail and gadwall traditionally start to show up around the October full moon. Mid October through the end of November is traditionally the best time to be in western MN duck hunting.

We are not a guide service that sits and hunts the same spot day in and day out hoping that “today is the day”.  We are a “spot and stalk” outfitter.  This means our guides scout extensively today for tomorrows best hunt.  That could be ducks, could be geese, and a lot of times, it’s both.  We know that many hunters come out with a wish list of what they hope to harvest.  We’ll do our best to accomodate that but ultimately it comes down to what our best hunt is going to be tomorrow based on what we find today.

Since we offer both field and water  hunts on any given day you can expect to hunt from:

  • A frame blinds
  • Permanent blinds or pits
  • Layout blinds (field and water hunts)
  • Standing crops or natural cover

Our guides have an unlimited inventory of decoys to deploy for each and every situation, as they see fit.



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*PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.  All Western Minnesota hunts include lodging. – Youth rates (15 & under) are available please contact us for details.



Minnesota & South Dakota’s early season goose hunting starts in September and features 5 bird daily limit in MN and an 8 bird per day limit in SD!  The goal of the early season goose hunts September is to harvest the geese that breed in the state.

September early season goose hunts start the first weekend in September and run 21 days in MN and 30 days in SD.

These hunts are almost exclusively dry field hunts conducted from layout blinds or A-frame blinds which are essentially a mobile, above ground pit.

The strong breeding population of Canada geese in MN & SD combined with an early push of Molt Migrant Canada geese (these are one and two year old non breeding birds that push into the state in September on NW winds) combine to produce some of our biggest shoots of the year.

Because of the location of our lodge in western MN we are able to guide in both western MN and eastern SD.  We do have our hunters purchase licenses for both states.  Every day our scouts scour the country side in MN and SD to put you on your best shoot for the next day regardless of which state it’s in!  Our hunt radius is quite large in the early season.  We scout extensively and hunt fresh fields every day.

In addition to our scouting efforts, our farmer/land owner commission rate is one of the highest in the Midwest, meaning we pay the most to get our customers in the best fields!

Our early season goose hunts are run in groups of 6-8 and a party of 7 is required to have a private hunt with just you and your guides.



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*All Western Minnesota hunts include lodging. Weekend hunts are 2 day hunts, hunting a full day on Saturday and half day on Sunday. – Youth rates (15 & under) available please contact for rates.



We offer a limited number of dry field pit rentals (in ground pits, not in water pits) during the late season when the refuges are being used heavily. These are mainly conducted from late November through early December. These are 100% self guided, no decoys included. We bring you to the pit. Show you where the birds are coming from and you do the rest. You set the decoys. You do the calling.

All of our pits are large, comfortable 10-12 person pits.  You can use heaters in these pits to keep warm but they are not provided.



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*2 day/6 person minimum


Group sizes range from 6-8 hunters. A party of 7 will qualify you for a private hunt with just you and your guides.

Groups of 1-6 hunters will be paired with other small groups to make a full group of 7-8.


We don’t hold any dates until your deposit is in.  Deposits can be taken by a credit card over the phone, paypal, venmo or a check in the mail.  We recommend a card over the phone, venmo or paypal as they are the easiest and quickest way that dates can be reserved.  If you choose to send a check please know your dates can’t be reserved until your check has been received.

We provide everything needed to be successful in the field, blinds, calling, decoys, flags etc Want more information on what a typical day of goose hunting looks like with us?

Deposits and Refund policy

We require a deposit of $300/person via card over the phone, paypal (Graham@maxxedoutguides) or venmo (@maxxedoutguides) to book a Minnesota Goose or Duck Hunt.

Deposits are 100% non refundable.  Last minute cancellations will forfeit their deposit.  If weather or birds require us to postpone your hunt, your deposit will simply be re-applied to a later date this season or next.  No exceptions.


  • Gun (unless your renting from us)
  • MN hunting license.
  • Federal duck stamp
  • Weather appropriate hunting clothing.  Lots of layers!
  • Good boots.  Waterproof with 800+ grams of thinsulate.
  • Cooler for transporting birds
  • Tags for your birds after they are cleaned
  • Ammo (3’s or 4’s for ducks and 2’s and BB or BBB for geese)
  • Snacks for blind but no coolers, please only bring the minimum into the field.  NO ALCOHOL
  • Bird hitch for bird cleaning.  Click on link to order
  • Please make sure everyone in your group brings a face mask or face paint!  This is very important!

Gun Rentals

If you don’t feel like traveling/flying with your gun you can rent them from us. We have a fleet of Benelli & Franchi semi autos we rent to our clients for $50/day.

Videography Services

If you’d like to capture the memories of your hunt forever our videography services are a great add on to your hunt.  For more information on having your hunt recorded in HD, edited and put on a DVD.

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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
Had a great time with maxed out guides! Great people that put us on more birds then I’ve ever seen before!!
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
We had a great experience with Maxxed out! They are the best at what they do! As professional as it gets from arrival to clean up! Highly, Highly recommend these guys!
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