The geese had finally moved into the area where we traditionally hunt them and they came in impressive numbers. We checked in with a farmer who has allowed us to hunt in the past and he said "Have at it ,they are all over my winter wheat field ".
The cold temps. had led us to believe that the birds weren`t going to fly till late in the morn. but a quick warm-up Fri. put the birds in the air early. We knew we were way to late getting started when we passed the lake on 69 hwy at Stanley and the birds had already flown the roost. As we drove into our primary hunting area the sky was full of lines of geese. It was definitely looking good.
The winter wheat field though snow covered had numerous patches of wheat showing and the geese definitely had salad on their menu. We quickly picked a spot where we could hopefully blend in and started putting out a spread . We should have loaded our guns first as flights of geese started cupping up and sailing into our partially assembled spread. I am confident we could have limited out in short order if we had just stopped and stood among the decoys with our guns.. The birds wanted in that bad. When we finally got set-up the truck hidden and into our blinds the main part of the morning activity was waning. We got our birds but it took longer than we anticipated. Poor timing (late arrival) and very poor shooting contributed to our extended stay. The batteries in my camera gave out a few shots into the hunt and I missed some good pics of geese in the decoys and Lizzie retrieving a huge goose, but none he less we had a terrific day in the field, got to see tons of geese ,and even shot a few . I hope you had a great hunt also.
Mike`s wife gave him these new winged decoys for Christmas. They are a sort of a hybrid cross between a goose magnet and a Jack Kite . The geese honed right in on them and were definitely attracted . They wave their wings in the slightest breeze.
Our grass panel blinds helped us blend into the background .
Mike holds up the banded goose he shot . His first band in fifteen years.