"Our hunters are astounded by the number of birds they see," says guide Tracy Northup, who operates Up North Outdoors in the Mound City area near Squaw Creek. "On our best day last year, we took 154 geese from one field. On average, though, we kill 10 or 20 geese, which is a good hunt." Exactly when in March to visit northwestern Missouri is a toss-up. "Goose numbers typically peak here in the beginning of the month and can get spotty after the 20th," Northup says. "However, the juvenile birds tend to fly through late, from mid-March through the end of the month. So you've got numbers on one hand and gullible birds on the other."