How are the goose numbers near you??

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How are the goose numbers near you??

Postby duck-a-holic » Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:23 pm

I am wondering how the goose numbers are in your area? I've heard that they are up in the mid-west through DNR reports, but it's always nice to hear input from guys like us, who spend a lot of time scouting. I live near Forest Lake, MN and have been scouting for a few weeks now and... it's looking real good. My numbers are up from this time last year by about 35%. The areas I scout include; Hugo, Pine City, Forest Lake, Ham Lake, Zimmerman, Stillwater, and are lakes, rivers, fields, pastures, just about everywhere. Good luck during early goose!!
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Postby hoppy » Tue Aug 30, 2005 2:02 pm

I will be hunting in a new area next week on cranberry bogs, I will let you know after opening day next Tuesday. scouting wise so far so good.
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Postby Cupped-n-Committed » Wed Aug 31, 2005 1:17 pm

They are about ready to start getting smaller starting on the 1st.
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Postby Wags » Wed Aug 31, 2005 9:12 pm

The field corn and soy bean must be taken down first before they start multiplying in numbers where I hunt near Lake Erie. So far they are mainly hanging around freshly mowed wheat and hay fields in so so numbers (20-100+).

I'm not sure how early season will go this year........ Lets hope well.
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Postby Quackkills9 » Wed Aug 31, 2005 10:13 pm

its looking good so far around NW MN.. just a few more days... :getdown:
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Postby Mongo Lodge » Wed Aug 31, 2005 11:08 pm

The numbers look a bit down in North Western Maine but not too bad. Opens Sept 6. ... ic_id=1044 ... ic_id=1043

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Postby smackem » Wed Sep 07, 2005 4:17 pm

Lower then other years. Give it a month and things will change
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Postby harvey1b » Sun Sep 11, 2005 3:01 pm

I just got done with a hunt at my folks place in upstate NY. I nailed 5 on my first morning. it was great.
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Postby duckdog » Sun Sep 11, 2005 9:45 pm

NW Iowa, not as good as year's past but still alot of bird's around, and more to come :thumbsup:
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Postby vanvo » Wed Sep 14, 2005 6:54 pm

the numbers around here are great but there has been a large dent put in the population. there are several groups of ten or more hunters that have hammered them for about a week. our small group has taken near forty in a week spand. but there gettin leary.
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Postby yellodog1 » Tue Sep 20, 2005 8:46 pm

I went out opening day in Vermont last week for resident geese, with 2 of my buddies. We ended up with 9 birds.
Ther ewas no cut corn so we had to sneak up on them in the fields and river bottoms.
Apparently not many people up here did well that day, as the corn wasnt cut in most places and most people tried to set up for them.
Gas prices are high, but it paid off driving around for the day. We were able to put the sneak on 2 different groups in which we got geese, and we came across three other groups one of which we denied permission to access the land to hunt them.
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Postby Cobra » Wed Sep 21, 2005 6:01 pm

Numbers are down as compared to 10 years ago for locals. This year the DNR lowered our early season limit from 5 to 3. When compared to 30-35 years ago the numbers are way up and out of control. Back then the limit was 1 per day 5 per season and that was tough to pull off. Darn geese have taken over nearly all the locals breeding ponds these days. BW Teal and Ring-necks no longer breed or are seen in any numbers worth mentioning and Mallard numbers are way, way down.
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Postby duckhunter25 » Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:21 am

:thumbsup: our numbers are way up. at least 60%. And our corn isnt even cut yet. we are predicting a wicked year for ducks and geese here. Our youth waterfowl hunt proved that. Birds all across the island already and gettin thicker every day.
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Postby cletus » Sat Sep 24, 2005 8:51 am

Same here duckhunter25. Pretty much through the roof. Just gotta wait till the corn gets off.
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Postby tengoose1 » Sat Sep 24, 2005 10:45 am

All i can say is hell yeah! Just dont kill them all and send em down the central flyway.
I dont want to kill them all just the first one and the last one!
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Postby duckhunter25 » Sat Sep 24, 2005 5:24 pm

:salude: Hope all goes well for everyone this fall. We should post up our opening day pics all in the same place to see how everyone faired out?
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