Haven't seen many flying around the house but they don't usually use these fields early in the season. However, they have been gobs of them on the lakes...I'm talking about hundreds of them. They were lots of goslings this year, so it should be good.
Agreed, not seeing too many "in the air" but anything holding water has geese on it...big-uns & little-uns Also, this year should make for an interesting regular season cause Va. has corn for as far as the eye can see......And it's all growing too
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It will all come down to three things: if my farmer cuts the corn at the right time, if the weather cooperates, and if I can learn how to shoot
Things are looking good!
Do you guys think this wet weather will help the waterfowl hunting this year? My take on this is, there will obviously be more water. More water means more spots which means the ducks won't be congregated in one spot as much. Maybe, just maybe, they will decide to call my spots "home"
Might possibly use the wet fields to my advantage. Since everything is behind maybe the beans won't be quite so tall, and could use some bean fields? They like tender beans I know. I've never tried that.
My thought on beans (and I am tying this in with deer hunting): in NC/VA it doesn't get real, real cold. The deer really don't start pounding the beans until it gets really cold and then they hit them because those beans give them starch/sugar. Maybe the same thing with geese? I know up north, bean fields get a lot of geese but IMHO if geese have to chose over corn/wheat or beans, they will go with the corn/wheat most of the time IMHO
I agree with that totally I also agree with cut_un that most corn won't be cut in time for the early season. That's why I was hoping to take advanatage of low late beans because the majority of corn won't be cut then. Just wondering if anyone had a opionion on hunting over beans.
You are not seeing many geese flying cause they are coming out of the molt. Should be another couple weeks and they'll be on the wing again. Seems that right around this time, they form big flocks on the open water, waiting to get feathered out and all the youngsters in line before the flights start. Any pond with grass near it will be a hotspot in the early season.
We're not down here in the blind playing baby house!
Did see the first of this years crops coming into a pond...heard high pictched almost honk (like a jake trying to gobble..almost but not quite there yet..lol), turned around and a bunch of funny looking, skinny long necks were coming into the pond.
One of the farms I can hunt, the farmer told me they would start getting the corn out in August...not sure how much its going to help me though...we will see, but not allot of early season geese around that area from what I can tell so far.
All of the wheat around here is coming out now...stopped by another farmers farm Friday and he was finishing his last wheat field and getting ready to start drilling some beans.
Residents just starting to fly after molting in my area... heard a flock somewhere over the creek last evening while cooking chicken on the grill. Saw the first flock of fifty in a cut wheat field this am (field adjoins the creek). Had not seen seen any flying for three to four weeks now.
Birds were still in the molt stage as of Saturday down here on the NC/VA border. With you guys up north saying they are coming out of it, it should only be a matter of days before they start hitting the cut wheat/bean/corn fields
Been seeing a couple hundred each morning over my house.. There is a few ponds and a swamp behind my house I live between the blackwater and nottoway river... Usually 4 waves of 30-50 geese each morning.
Percidae_Papermouth wrote:Been seeing a couple hundred each morning over my house.. There is a few ponds and a swamp behind my house I live between the blackwater and nottoway river... Usually 4 waves of 30-50 geese each morning.
caught alot of nice largemouth where those two meet at the stateline. bet that is some prime woodie habitat.
been seeing alot all around my neck of the woods but they are staying on private property or at municipal land like soccer fields and neighborhood ponds.. VV t F
Residents been bunching up into larger groups for the last couple of weeks...ponds holding twice as many geese as in July. It is a little early for this to be going on (usually happens around here the end of this month...probably too many guys creeping around with DC face paint on!