Goose hunting 10/21/12

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Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby bradroy55 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 9:06 am

I was finally able to get out for the firt time this season! Set the blinds up in a field in Saint Albans yesterday. Had TONS of birds around us and directly over us, but very few that would commit. Managed to call in one flock of about 100, and convinced a pair to decoy after that. Overall 7 geese between us. It was a great day to be out there anyways. One question, do you guys set up a mojo when goose hunting a field? We thought about it but thought it might make geese flair.
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby RangerX » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:01 am

No mojos... they will spook the geese.

Use your flags sparingly and see how they respond to calling. Make sure your blinds are brushed in well to look natural...

7 is not bad though, sounds like a decent hunt.
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby bradroy55 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 1:32 pm

It was interesting, the groups that did commit seemed to do so only when I was calling like crazy. I'm not the best caller so I usually try to keep my squawking to a minimum, but yesterday they liked me being vocal, which was great because it allowed me to practice a little more with live birds around!
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby chambo32 » Mon Oct 22, 2012 6:38 pm

The geese i have been hunting have been very shy to decoys, calling and flags. It was like a switch from September to October.
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby RangerX » Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:41 am

bradroy55 wrote:It was interesting, the groups that did commit seemed to do so only when I was calling like crazy. I'm not the best caller so I usually try to keep my squawking to a minimum, but yesterday they liked me being vocal, which was great because it allowed me to practice a little more with live birds around!


Younger birds typically respond well to fast clucking... geese tend to get excited with new birds showing up to eat in their area, hence the fast clucking... like I said before, observe how they are responding to your calls, try to pick out one bird making noise and talk to that bird... if you convince a couple to come in, you'll lock up more to follow.
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby RangerX » Tue Oct 23, 2012 7:43 am

chambo32 wrote:The geese i have been hunting have been very shy to decoys, calling and flags. It was like a switch from September to October.


Yeah, I see that quite a bit too. My guess is they are either well educated and they are picking us out, or we are not setup in the spot they want to be. See this alot with afternoon hunts too.
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby pete/pmr » Thu Oct 25, 2012 2:44 am

I do not know about you guys but as far as a mojo I have better luck with mine,I have ducks and geese coming to the spread with less calling when I hit the mojo goose! I use the calling to get thier attention, once I have it then I hit the mojo! I have a 26 inch piece of conduit I put mine on and it is remotely activated,so I turn it on and off and it is the same as flagging but out in the piont of the spread! It draws the birds focus away from where we are set up in our blinds, and seems too be working just fine down here! I also have mallard full bodies out in my setup with a mojo mallard,and ducks are working in on that really well! Last time out I shot a limit of geese and 5 ducks over a cut corn field!

I have no idea why I posted these pics of my fleshing wheel,I know someone on here wanted to see how i made it,but I cannot remember who? Getting old and memory is failing!

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2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby RangerX » Mon Oct 29, 2012 11:29 am

Pete, you are the man!
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby pete/pmr » Tue Oct 30, 2012 4:13 am

No....just "Lucky" to have the good fortune, of really good hunting areas! Lots of birds in our area! I have hundreds of ducks and geese traveling up and down Otter Creek in the Rutland area! I have alot of local farmers that allow me to hunt thier fields! All of it has taken years of building friendships with these farmers and gaining access to thier fields! Most of them call me to let me know what fields they are chopping,or where they are seeing the birds on thier farms!
2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby Vtwaterfowler » Wed Nov 07, 2012 6:51 pm

I hunted that field the first day of the september season... we KILLED them there (5 limits in 45 minutes).... Thats a really good loooking Black lab ya got there!!
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby pete/pmr » Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:10 am

You know where that field is that is in my photos? You live in this area? Because that field is in my back yard!

Isn't Jeffersonville up by Fairfax?

I use to hunt up north of there,around Highgate Center,Sheldon,St Albans.
Out around Highgate Rd,(Rte 207), and Hazard Rd to Viens Rd to Sheldon Rd (Rte 105) and out Bushey Rd back towards 89! Use to get into Canada geese out there and snows!

Have not been up there in years! But it was always fun hunting those fields! I heard they have a bike trail or hiking trail out there now! Imagine that stopped a lot of hunting out there!

Thanks you for the comment about Jake,my black lab,he is a good dog ,and I hope to get a pup out of him! So we can still have a dog with his good looks after he is gone!
2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby duckin-A » Wed Nov 21, 2012 4:47 pm

Last week i had 3 geese w/ 3 bands....my highlight so far!!! :beer:
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and the rest I just wasted"!!!
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby RangerX » Sat Nov 24, 2012 4:27 pm

duckin-A wrote:Last week i had 3 geese w/ 3 bands....my highlight so far!!! :beer:
:beer:


Nice...

this is a band year for me... I've shot 1 goose band (5 year old, local in the NEK), 1 ringneck band (6 years old, Palmer Rapids, Ontario) 1 blackduck band (8 years old, Thunder Bay Ontario), and a mallard band 2012 hatch, local.

Been a good year.
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Re: Goose hunting 10/21/12

Postby pete/pmr » Tue Nov 27, 2012 9:08 am

I have gotten 3 band also! Two were geese and one mallard,all local bands! Mallard was banded this year in Ferrisburg as a hatchling,and geese were banded in Panten 3 years ago too young to fly! And I am jacked up on every retrieve my dogs make on birds to see if they are banded! :drool:

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2013 Season Totals

Canada Geese 105
Mallards 43
Woodies 31
Teal 16
widgeon 8
Blacks 11
Goldeneyes 25 "Take-em"
Buffleheads 4
Bluebills 1
snows 27
Band Count 5
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