My friend and I are just getting into snow goose hunting. Fell into a depression after the regular season end and needed something to keep us going till turkey season. Ordered decoys, an ecaller and got ourselves out scouting in Burlington County. We got on a pretty big flock and learned their pattern. Got permission on a farm in their flight path and a field that they were hitting heavy to feed. This was Wednesday. Had a tough time convincing the farmer to let us on. Seems he thought that hunters putting decoys out encouraged the geese to land. I had to ensure him that once the geese were shot at a few times they would move on. Farmer said he'd had people stopping by pretty regular for permission but no on else had it yet. Gave us the green light to set up in one particular field that wasn't planted. At this point I was pretty pumped, things seemed to have been working out as planned.
Then I rolled by the farm on Friday in preparation for Saturday mornings hunt. Was disappointed to see that the numbers were way down and their was only a couple dozen right in the middle of the field the farmer said we can't hunt. Then I look closer....pretty dead looking flock...then I noticed the layout blinds... Well, even the best laid plans can be ruined. Can't fault the guys that beat us to it, but I knew after being accosted the day before the geese wouldn't be back the next morning.
Saturday morning came around and we set up in the flyway. Had two decent flocks of snows overfly us. Just not enough decoys in our spread to run traffic on a flock of a thousand. Of course we had Canada's buzzing our spread practically begging to be shot. Even had two land in the decoys while me and my friend had the blind doors open, sitting up, drinking coffee and BSing. Stuff you'd never see during Canada season. We've lost the flock now, have burned a whole tank of gas looking for them. Oh we'll, gives us something to do before we get on those gobblers.