Getting to Know the Waterfowl of the Hudson Bay Lowlands

Ask any waterfowl enthusiast about the Hudson Bay Lowlands, and you’re sure to get an earful. Whether they’ve been there or not, most duck and geese hunters will have something to say about the pristine ecosystem and elite opportunities that await at this renowned hunting destination. Thanks to its remote location and mindful conservation practices, the Hudson Bay Lowlands are home to a bevy of highly sought waterfowl species that give sportsmen and women a genuine shot to bag various birds.

Although this secluded area presents excellent waterfowl hunting opportunities, it’s still a good idea to become further acquainted with what you’re targeting. Great White North Lodges is your premiere guide service in Northern Manitoba and is here to provide a bit of information to help you along the way.

Canada Waterfowl Hunting in the Hudson Bay Lowlands

That vast and sodden wetlands that exemplify the Hudson Bay region play an important role in creating ideal habitat, thus offering some of Canada’s best waterfowl hunting. Speckled with a seemingly endless number of ponds and lakes, the saturated plains of Northern Manitoba are home to a wide range of wildlife, and waterfowl are no exception. Here are some of the most prominent species you’ll target in the Hudson Bay Lowlands.

Lesser Snow Goose

The lesser snow goose has two different morphs, white and blue, and a wingspan that averages 90 centimetres. Geese in their white phase are nearly all white, save for black wingtips, while blue-phase specimens have only a white head with a bluish coloration on their lower back and flanks, with body colours ranging from pale to dark. This common species produces a rich and resonating honk that resembles a high-pitched bark. 

Ross’s Goose

The smallest of the three North American white geese, Ross’s goose, is a small white specimen with black primary feathers. Ross’ has a relatively short neck compared to other species and lacks the black patch present on most greater and lesser snow geese. During the winter, Rosses can be found in the south-central United States feeding on agricultural waste. But don’t worry, they’ll be nice and fat by the time they make their way back up north!

Canada Goose

Quite possibly the most recognizable of all geese species, the Canada goose comes in two varieties at the Hudson Bay Lowlands—giant and lesser. Both sexes exhibit a long black neck and head with broad white patches from the throat to the eye. The giant Canada goose is the largest of all geese, with some weighing up to nine kilograms!

Richardson’s Goose

Appearing similar to the Canada goose, Richardson’s goose is a smaller, more northern dwelling subspecies. Richardsons look almost silver from a distance and have shorter legs than some of their taller cousins and have a shorter neck. Often found flocking with other similar geese, Richardson’s can be identified by their stout stature, stubby beaks, and prominent neck collar.

Wilderness Hunting Lodge in Northern Manitoba

Waterfowl hunting is usually pretty decent just about anywhere in Canada, but if you’re seeking an unrivalled experience, look no further than Kaska. Kaska Goose Lodge is an extraordinary place where outdoor enthusiasts come to get a taste of the wild and a genuine Hudson Bay Lowlands experience. For more information or to make a reservation, please reach out to us online or call 204-982-9680.

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