2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Pouledeau » Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:59 am

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Pouledeau wrote: I'm actually working on permission for us to use the pavillion on my ole man's place right now ... for free, for the cook-off. It'll seat 25 - 35 and overlooks 280 acres of roost. Pretty much ever crane and puddler in the county uses it. Be a pretty cool view.

The pavillion would be perfect, but I am thinking that it's a ways away from Midfield and POC...


Yeaaaaaaaah. I was thinking that too. Well, it's only 45 minutes from POC - fron Midfield it's a haul.

Crazy Matt wrote:Who is bringin' the crabs?


We can do a crab boil, but they won't be good and full till it gets warm. They're kind of tough to find this time of year ...
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby :-) » Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:31 pm

What time is everyone getting to the lodge on Friday? I'm likely going to let my son skip school that Friday, and get there early enough to pull off a few pranks before anyone else gets there.






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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby tako1972 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:20 pm

dinner time, lol.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Statton48 » Wed Jan 22, 2014 9:18 am

Early as possible. How's the numbers of birds looking? Anyone know?
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby :-) » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:29 pm

180k along TX coast, and 1.6 million in Arkansas...that was midwinter. Hopefully the survey was wrong.

To be honest if I get to shoot a couple boxes of ammo I'll be happy. It's going to be a fun trip regardless.


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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Crazy Matt » Wed Jan 22, 2014 2:56 pm

Statton48 wrote:Early as possible. How's the numbers of birds looking? Anyone know?


Not good.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby :-) » Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:47 pm

Has there been any communication from the outfitter on bird numbers? It's 12 days out, and I'd like to know how it's looking.

We had pretty good numbers show up down here with the last front, and it's lookin like it's gonna get cold again this week.


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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby tako1972 » Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:43 pm

So far, mediocre. It would be a stretch to say it will be good that day, this far out, even if the outfitter said he had thousands of birds right now. I have been asking and will continue to keep track. A friend with a couple folks killed fifty today .
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby :-) » Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:32 am

Been seeing more & more geese around here...hopefully that cold weather further north will keep pushing birds our way. We may get lucky, and have a great hunt next weekend!



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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Crazy Matt » Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:05 am

There's been a reverse migration going on for a couple of weeks now.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby :-) » Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:24 pm

I'm not seeing that here...guess the birds I'm seeing didn't get the memo. Lol

Who cares! It's gonna be fun, we're going to shoot 100 geese each...if you don't go you're gonna be missing out!




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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Crazy Matt » Sun Feb 02, 2014 7:41 pm

:-) wrote:I'm not seeing that here...guess the birds I'm seeing didn't get the memo. Lol

Who cares! It's gonna be fun, we're going to shoot 100 geese each...if you don't go you're gonna be missing out!




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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby tako1972 » Fri Feb 07, 2014 5:21 pm

Outfitter has called it off, may be some opportunity from others in a few days.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby frydaddy » Fri Feb 07, 2014 8:48 pm

tako1972 wrote:Outfitter has called it off, may be some opportunity from others in a few days.



I have a guy in Garwood area that told me to hold on to my deposit for the 15th until nxt week. said lets just wait and see! doesnt sound too promising.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby tako1972 » Sat Feb 08, 2014 5:50 pm

I'll pm you frydaddy.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby aerangis » Mon Feb 10, 2014 9:50 am

If anyone comes up with a conservation hunt I'm in. KS, OK, AR, TX.... Don't matter to me.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Mojo281 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:35 am

Not trying to rub it in... But we tried to tell ya that you need to head north for a decent goose hunt. Numbers in Texas just aren't what they used to be!!

Now... Let's start planning a fishing tournament!
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Pouledeau » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:50 pm

It's a shame you guys didn’t read the bylaws and charter pages regarding the Gumbo cook-off. In the event of a hunt cancelation or forfeiture of the event on the part of the sponsor or host, Pouledeau’s gumbo shall be titled victor and will reign supreme undisputedly until another competition is presented. Damn the bad luck guys … !!!
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby :-) » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:25 pm

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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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Crazy Matt » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:38 pm

Look at all the geese in Texas


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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby bjepsen85 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:27 pm

Lots of geese in North Texas right now, have heard reports of very low numbers down south however.
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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby :-) » Thu Feb 13, 2014 12:33 am

bjepsen85 wrote:Lots of geese in North Texas right now, have heard reports of very low numbers down south however.


Your reports aren't 100% accurate...the numbers have improved greatly over the past week, and good numbers are being shot daily.

Also, can a moderator or someone in the know PM me more information on becoming a DHC sponsor so that I can advertise my business?


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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Crazy Matt » Thu Feb 13, 2014 3:28 am

Please, show me the pictures of people killing them down South, without a cow board preferably. I follow all the guides down there and know a few personally. Why do you think the guide you tried to hire had to reschedule? I love how you are being optimistic though, good on you.


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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby MarkM » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:59 am

Crazy Matt wrote:Please, show me the pictures of people killing them down South, without a cow board preferably. I follow all the guides down there and know a few personally. Why do you think the guide you tried to hire had to reschedule? I love how you are being optimistic though, good on you.


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Re: 2013/14 DHC Conservation hunt and Gumbo cook off

Postby Pouledeau » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:55 am

:-) 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!
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