:-) wrote:My goal this week is to prove the haters wrong...I'm flying back in tomorrow night, and I plan on layin the smack down on some geese this weekend! After that I'll be ready to start fishing.
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Pods it has nothing to do with hate. It's a matter of numbers and correlating that to the empirical evidence provided by the FWS. The number of geese wintering in Texas hit an ALL TIME LOW in Dec. 2012, verified by FWS planes flying the Coastal Bend, while similar counts occurred in the Mississippi Alluvial Delta (Missouri, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Missouri). Texas once wintered about 4 million snow geese and during 2012, biologists estimated that 400,000 birds were wintering in Texas. The number of geese wintering in Texas has been decreasing by 15 – 22 percent every year since 1987.
This is based on agriculture, temperature, prevailing wind patterns, rainfall, etc etc etc …
NO one is saying you can’t kill geese in Texas, but by comparison … I think everyone here is saying you’re not going to do very well. 20 - 50 birds per hunt might be a best case scenario for a really enthusiastic guy that doesn’t want to travel very far, but by comparison – in Texas 25+ years ago, no one would even put out a spread for a 20 bird hunt and by comparison – In Arkansas, Missouri and S. Dakota (if you’re looking at the conservation order season) – that’s HALF one person’s take.
This time last year after the thaw, Sqwaw Creek alone held over 1 million snows and that's only 5 square miles of land.
Do we think you’ll have fun … ? YES. Do we wish you the best ... ? YES. But face the facts … the numbers are trash! You'd have better luck drinking beer and swatting mosquitos!