While most of us this month are preoccupied with antlered critters, or maybe a few early-season grouse, a few forward-looking folks are peering to the north, and they like what they see.

They're monitoring snow goose nesting conditions, and according to Delta Waterfowl this is shaping up as a banner year for snow geese. Biologists say prime nesting conditions means great juvenile goose production, and as every goose hunter knows, young geese mean naive, easy-to-decoy geese.

While the bumper crop of feathered beaks isn't necessarily great news for the tundra habitat where these geese nest, or for Central Flyway farmers whose wheat and other crops get hammered by migrating snows, it's great news for the growing number of hard-cord waterfowl hunters who think nothing of driving hundreds of miles overnight to intercept the leading edge of the snow-goose migration.

You can keep up with this community of edgy waterfowlers by visiting one of the coolest on-line communities on the web. It's at www.stormchasersnetwork.com and includes an updated map of the waterfowl migration plus weather reports, photo galleries and tips on how to call and pattern snow geese.