Hey all, I want to give everyone a heads up before booking anything with Justin Stewart and Geese at Your Feet.
Last year myself, my wife, and a buddy from the Marines booked a goose hunt with them.I have never killed a goose and my wife was coming to take pictures and enjoy watching the birds work. (had to pay extra for her to come even tho she wasnt hunting) The date was picked out and set well over a month early and everything was goin well. Untill about a week before the hunt. I called up there and was told that another group booked a hunt the same day so depending on what the birds were doing, we might be combined with them. Sure enough, the day before the hunt I checked in and was informed that a cold front with some snow was rolling through and pushed a bunch of birds out. We would be hunting with another group of 3 guys and their guide. On top of that, Justin and his other guide didnt have enough layout blinds to accomidate all of us, so they had one of their buddies coming along with extras. We weren't thrilled, but was assured that the field we would be hunting was loaded with birds.
We made the hour and twenty minute drive the next morning and met them bright and early to help put out decoys and get blinds covered. the layout from left to right was myself, wife, my buddy, justin, the three other hunters, the guides buddy, then the other guide. that's 9 of us in layouts all in a line in the same field! The first goose to come in was a solo that dropped in the from right side over the decoys. Justin called the shot and himself and a guy from the other group both shot at the same time. Dont know who actually killed it, but 15 yards out, both of em probably hit it. A while later a big group of probably 100 birds started working. things looked good with singles and pairs dropping in and landing around the decoys. I myself had birds on the ground at 20 yards and had another dozen fly over well within range.....but never got the go ahead to shoot. The big group and most of the birds that had landed left and went to a different field. the only thing still there was a pair on the ground at the opposite end of the line up from me. The other guide shot both of them on the ground. we layed around and watched the birds fly back to the resting grounds before calling the hunt. After that we helped pick up decoys and blinds, loaded up the trucks and headed out without as much as an apology.
the end result was 3 geese, all killed by the guides and my group not pulling the trigger. me and my buddy werent too mad about it at the time, but my wife was LIVID! poor girl spent 5 hours lying in the snow and we didnt even get to shoot. I did contact them a few days after the hunt to try working out a deal on a snow goose hunt or another goose hunt, but never got a response to any of my phone calls or emails. I wasnt looking for a free hunt, but maybe a discount on the next one or a few dollars back to make my wife happy. I told them that I understand that he wanted the big group to commit and everyone shoot into em, but that didnt happen. To me, shooting a few geese flying by would have been way better than watching the big group fly away and only one paying hunter getting to shoot that entire morning. I did learn a lesson from that hunt. If i do ever book a hunt with anyone again, I will make it clear that my group will hunt together, not with a combined with another group. a legit outfitter would have more than 1 field to hunt and the supplies to accomidate the hunters they schedule. and the guides wont be carrying their guns unless it's clear that they only shoot into big groups or cleaning up cripples. They left a bad taste in my mouth and i find it hard to believe that they can call themselves outfitters. looks more like a way to hunt all year and get a tax write off for it. they were nice enough guys and your can look at their website and see that they do kill birds and have mostly good reviews. but they really dropped the ball on my hunt and I'm sure to steer people away from them for it.