I have guided over 15 seasons here in Fergus Falls, MN and have come to know the flight of the Canada geese in my area. I was born and raised here in Fergus Falls, MN My family and I have lived here for over 34 years. I grew up hunting with my father. He started me out at the young age of 6. I remember shooting my first duck at the Orwell Dam area state wildlife area. From there on my love for waterfowling has just bloomed. I hunted every chance I got when I was younger. I would skip school when I first got my driving license just to shoot ducks. I joined the USMC right after the first Gulf war. I served my country for 4 yrs overseas missing 4 seasons of duck and goose hunting. Let me tell you when I got out of the service all I wanted to do was hunt!!! It wasn't until that year (1996) that I started hunting fields for geese. A friend of mine introduced me to Ron Wienike who at the time was an upcoming professional call maker of the "Ganderland'r" Flute goose call. I used that for 2 years until I ran across a Tim Grounds half-breed short reed goose call. It took me a bit to learn the short reed, but from there on out it was on.
Over the years I have guided for numerous guide service between Minnesota, Texas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Iowa. I have hunted the Peanut fields of West-Texas for 5 years, Glacial Lakes of South Dakota (Desmet area) and the Squaw creek Missouri river valley of Mound City, MO. I use all the techniques, flagging, motion decoys, short reed calls and flutes....I take pride in what I do and how I hunt. I am a stickler for detail. We lease specific fields all year long, and we will day lease as to keep on the birds later in the season. I decided 10yrs ago when it was an obsession to hunt ... Why not guide for a living, thus Banded Gand'r Outfitters was born!!!
We have been hunting these spring snows in the Mound City, MO area for over 15 seasons now. I first started out over 15yrs ago in North Dakota, hunting with my buddies. I was lucky enough to know the local Northwind decoy company when it was based here in Fergus Falls, MN I started out with just a few hundred windsocks. I have sewn over 15,000 windsock on my machine, and custom painted them all. To me, it is a satisfaction knowing I am hunting over something I made.
I shot my first snow goose over these decoys south of Oaks, ND. Since then it has just become an obsession for me. From here on out I went to Nebraska with a good friend of mine....it was slow hunting, but he hooked me up in Taxes, and this is how it all started! After 3yrs of guiding for snows in north west Missouri, I ventured north into South Dakota to extend my thirst for hunting these white devils. I now offer hunts in 4 states: Texas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Minnesota.