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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Fri Feb 16, 2007 9:02 am

Some of the geese holding out around here are bailing with this recent weather. I was out late Wednesday night shoveling off my porch roof in the dark. And what do I hear? Canada geese. I look up and could actually see the low flying flock heading south in the dark. It’s neat to hear them (and maybe see them) moving at night.
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Postby IRISH56 » Fri Feb 16, 2007 8:43 pm

Still seeing quite a few in my neck of the woods. There there almost every day on my way to work.

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Postby harvey1b » Thu Feb 22, 2007 7:42 am

On the drive to work in the mornings this week I have been seeing 1 flock of 6-8 geese flying SW near the fairgrounds. I have no idea where they're coming from or going. I imagine they are local birds hanging out on a golf course somewhere. Before this week I hadn't seen any geese for a month or more.

Whistler - I have been doing some desktop scouting on GoogleEarth lately for next fall's early goose season. I didn't realize how much good terrain there is right around us. The next step will be to get out and pound the pavement and get land owner permission, but it looks like it could be pretty good. :thumbsup:
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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:27 am

You're getting an early start, Awesome! I made a batch of summer sausage that I've got to distribute to some of the farms that let me hunt. Most of them don't want goose breasts, but they'll take it in the form of sausage. When the farmers start planting is when I'll start scouting. I'll look for oats and corn. The oats get planted in the spring and when they come up they look like blades of grass in rows. Look for some roosting ponds too, because the birds will often feed in the fields right around these ponds. PM me if you want to talk about specific spots.
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Postby cobber » Thu Feb 22, 2007 3:47 pm

I've seen 3 flocks of geese in the past 2 days. I have a feeling some got a ride back north with the southern winds.
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Postby harvey1b » Wed Feb 28, 2007 9:08 pm

The geese are definately on the way back. I drove down to Tully for a little after work skiing this afternoon and there were geese everywhere, all flying north.
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Postby Silverbullet » Thu Mar 01, 2007 8:02 am

here in western new york we are seeing flocks coming up everyday

most of the ones that go on the swamp i hunt are gradually all coming back

id say within the last 3 -4 days we got about 25 different flocks
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Postby cobber » Fri Mar 02, 2007 7:53 am

I have noticed a large flock of geese resting on the lake the last couple of days. I guess they don't mind the 12 inches of ice under them.

I also saw a large flock using one of my best fields yesterday. How long until the season comes in? I'm already excited.

Haven't seen any snows yet, but they usually don't show themselves over this way much.
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Postby Silverbullet » Fri Mar 02, 2007 2:54 pm

i just got a wildfowler outfitter today really excited for september to come
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Postby japeiler15 » Fri Mar 02, 2007 8:08 pm

Anybody seeing any Snows? I just bought a rig and since I will be back in August, I really want to whack some snows. Let me know.
08-09 totals
50-Canada geese
32-Mallard
10-Bufflehead (1 BANDED DRAKE)
7-Long-Tailed Duck
4-Black Duck
4-Common Goldeneye
3-Red Breasted Merganser
2-Lesser Scaup
1-Hooded Merganser
1-Pintail
1-White Winged Scoter
1-Wood Duck
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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Fri Mar 02, 2007 10:20 pm

Not yet. Maybe in the next week or so. Today was warm, but it's supposed to get cold again. Then by next Thursday it's supposed to warm up (in the forties). The Canadas have been increasing in numbers lately and the snows usually follow a little behind them. How late does your season go in Missouri? I've heard that in some places out west there's an extended spring season. It'd be nice if we were to get that here.
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Postby Jpensyl » Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:53 am

The snows are right on schedule and will be arriving the 11th of march...
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Postby japeiler15 » Sat Mar 03, 2007 8:18 pm

Yeah the conservation order runs through April 30th. My buddies and I shot 25 today, one Ross goose had a yellow neck collar and a regular band. We probably saw 250,000 birds today. ABSOLUTELY INSANE!!! Anyway, I have a spread started for snows, I just want to whack those bastards in NY.
08-09 totals
50-Canada geese
32-Mallard
10-Bufflehead (1 BANDED DRAKE)
7-Long-Tailed Duck
4-Black Duck
4-Common Goldeneye
3-Red Breasted Merganser
2-Lesser Scaup
1-Hooded Merganser
1-Pintail
1-White Winged Scoter
1-Wood Duck
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Postby Jpensyl » Sat Mar 03, 2007 10:37 pm

japeiler15 wrote:Yeah the conservation order runs through April 30th. My buddies and I shot 25 today, one Ross goose had a yellow neck collar and a regular band. We probably saw 250,000 birds today. ABSOLUTELY INSANE!!! Anyway, I have a spread started for snows, I just want to whack those bastards in NY.


If you want to kill snows stay where your at, NY is no snow goose destination by any means. The season will end the 10th with most of us never seeing a bird. Not really something to get excited about in 90% of the state. :thumbsdown:
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Postby japeiler15 » Sun Mar 04, 2007 11:33 am

You have to understand I am willing to find that 10%. You would have to have snow goose hunted to understand. When they do not decoy, you go jumpshoot them. When you are shooting into 100,000 birds and you have to shoot another 4 or 5 shells per person to retrieve cripples, it is worth it. When we could not move from our spot in the treeline yesterday for an hour because tens of thousands of birds were coming from up high and just PILING into the immense flock, words could not even describe it. Sure it is great to smack birds, but the beauty of cupped wings and maple leafing birds from thousands of feet in the air, that is what it is all about.
08-09 totals
50-Canada geese
32-Mallard
10-Bufflehead (1 BANDED DRAKE)
7-Long-Tailed Duck
4-Black Duck
4-Common Goldeneye
3-Red Breasted Merganser
2-Lesser Scaup
1-Hooded Merganser
1-Pintail
1-White Winged Scoter
1-Wood Duck
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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:13 pm

If you want to look for snows, I'd go around Lake Champlain in the fall. I've heard they get them, maybe someone else here has hunted up that way. April 30, that would be great! As Jpensyl has said, they usually show up here around March 11 and they hang around for a few weeks. I doubt we see them like you do in Missouri, but I've seen 10,000 or so at a time in a field. Some days we get steady waves of them passing over. Unfortunately it's when you can't shoot them.
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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Sun Mar 04, 2007 3:32 pm

Oh by the way japeiler15. Just to give you another idea of the kind of weather we've been having, I went ice fishing this morning. There was 14" of ice on the lake, a decent west wind, and it was snowing.
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Postby Jpensyl » Sun Mar 04, 2007 4:29 pm

You'll get to stand in the tree line and watch them, just leave your gun at home because the season will be over when they arrive. Seriously, if you enjoy snow goose hunting that much NY is not what your looking for. You will never repeat that experience here or even come close.
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Postby japeiler15 » Sun Mar 04, 2007 5:03 pm

14 inches of ice? That really is not that much for this late in the year. I am assuming you went out on Oneida lake. I grew up in Cicero, walking distance from the south shore. I remember my father complaining about having to buy an auger extension so we could fish because there was over 3 feet of ice. Then again, when you are catching 90+ perch a day, it was worth it. That was 8 to 10 years ago though. Well, if anyone knows anything about killing snow geese in New York, fall or spring, let me know locations. Hell I will show you what I know. I have already hunted about 15 or so days since middle of February.
08-09 totals
50-Canada geese
32-Mallard
10-Bufflehead (1 BANDED DRAKE)
7-Long-Tailed Duck
4-Black Duck
4-Common Goldeneye
3-Red Breasted Merganser
2-Lesser Scaup
1-Hooded Merganser
1-Pintail
1-White Winged Scoter
1-Wood Duck
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Postby Whistlerwhittler » Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:24 pm

I was fishing a small lake in Tully. I used to ice fish on Oneida Lake about 12 - 13 years ago and we had over two feet of ice then. I haven't seen that much ice lately though.
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Postby japeiler15 » Mon Mar 05, 2007 10:32 am

Well just to remind you guys that I am going to need some new hunting buddies come early Canada goose season. I have everything but decoys. Then again, I have some blue goose shells that could be easily converted into Canadas. Let me know.
08-09 totals
50-Canada geese
32-Mallard
10-Bufflehead (1 BANDED DRAKE)
7-Long-Tailed Duck
4-Black Duck
4-Common Goldeneye
3-Red Breasted Merganser
2-Lesser Scaup
1-Hooded Merganser
1-Pintail
1-White Winged Scoter
1-Wood Duck
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