Looking Back & LAUNCHING Forward!
Happy New Year from all of us at Habitat Flats!! A big thank you goes out to our friends, guests, guides, and staff who made this another fantastic season filled with priceless memories.
The season started out abnormally warm this year. With nighttime lows in the mid sixties, the mosquitos were out in force! There were plenty of ducks here and hunting was pretty decent given the warm temperatures, but there was no rhyme or reason as to when they would fly. One day they would fly well, and the next day they’d make us work for it! The weather took a drastic change in December and sub zero temperatures were ushered into the area. We were able to keep water open and the hunting was spectacular. The numbers of ducks our area was able to hold despite this very cold temperatures was nothing short of breathtaking. Guests enjoyed going to the farms after the hunt was over and watching tens of thousands of ducks pouring into the fields.
With the passing of 2016, it's nice to take a moment to reflect on all the work put forth to make it another great one. The new areas we developed, the new blinds we built...all the sweat equity during the offseason to ensure a good Fall. Some of the new areas didn't do as well as we had hoped, while others did much better than expected. The fun part about habitat management is that you are setting the table in the Summer, not really knowing for sure how many will be showing up for dinner come Fall. Seeing it all pan out in the Fall is sense of reward that is hard to explain!
In looking towards 2017…the conditions look optimistic!!! When we left the Saskatchewan Lodge the end of October, a wet Fall had the potholes filled to the brim. With good snow falls already across much of the Prairie Pothole Region, it is looking good for another strong hatch!
We have opened up the dates for the Fall 2017 Missouri season and are now booking. Visit www.habitatflats.com for images and full information about our lodges, locations, package pricing and types of hunts offered. If you are interested in joining us, please email me, firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know how many will be in your group. I answer emails as quickly as possible and will be happy to get you a list of available dates, or answer any questions you may have. All Habitat Flats packages are All-Inclusive: 3 Days, 3 Nights, 3 fully guided hunts, excellent meals, snacks and bar. If you haven’t experienced a stay at one of our beautiful, rustic lodges, this is your year! Our large returning client base can attest, the lodge stay is as enjoyable as the hunt itself! Our guests love to kick their feet up by the fire or at the bar after a successful day in the field, and the meals are second to none! We are also currently booking hunts for Saskatchewan this Fall and have a couple late openings for spring snow geese in February and March of this year.
Thank you again and may you have a healthy and prosperous 2017 from all of us at Habitat Flats!