Please keep in mind that this is coming from a reformed early goose season hater. I had the worse taste for those guys that actually hunted early goose. I thought what a bunch of morons, that’s not hunting its still summer! Also keep in mind that I have a camp on an island and the bay where my camp is, we have anywhere’s from 30 to 40 geese hatch out there every spring.
Now about a week before the season, we have some yahoo’s come into the bay and build some mega structure for a blind, that’s nowhere near where the geese are feeding. So when opening day rolls around the geese come into the bay and fly waaaaaay out of range of the yahoos, and they sky-bust them and sometimes cripple a goose. One year on Labor Day weekend this happened and the yahoos chased the goose around in the bay blazing away, while we had fisherman and jet skiers just down range. I had the phone close so as to speed dial 911. I had front row seats to this fiasco, I had the phone in one hand and my binoculars in the other, not really, but they were close.
There was a lady who called up a friend of mine who was our game warden saying, “they are shooting my geese”. Come to find out all summer long this woman went to the end of her dock and rang a bell and the geese came up and she fed them. Now her neighbor got the idea on opening day to go sit at the end of his dock with his buddy and ring a bell. Sure enough the geese came up and they ground bounded them in a big way. Thus prompting the woman’s phone call. Personally I now like early Goose, but why do they have to open it on one of the biggest weekends of the summer. I can see why some people hate hunters. Why couldn’t they open it the weekend after Labor Day weekend and keep it open right though both first and second duck seasons.
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