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2007 early goose season journal ...
We scouted out a couple of fields yesterday ... one field had lots of birds feeding in it but no one was around for us to get permission ... found another field that had a couple of birds going to it so we set up there this a.m.

It was very hazey and warm .... not much of a sun rise to speak of .



We set up in a corn stubble field at a Menonite farm ... with 2 small bird group shooting stations ...

My station ....



Randy's station ...



It wasn't hard to see what the birds had been feeding on ...




I brought Sally and Spike along for some exercise ...

Sally watches Randy while he raises the gun ...



Spike watches Sally ...



Spike follows Sally everywhere ...



Sometimes he gets left behind and has to do double time to keep up ..



Back to the geese .... The main flocks headed out over the ridge , but we did have 2 small groups swing by , and we grounded a limit out of them ... ( sorry , no flight or fall pictures this round ... was busy with the gun ! )

I did manage to get a triple though ! .... nice to get one on opening morning ...



Sally doesn't always see Spike when she is carrying a goose and he gets run over occationally ...



Sally carry's birds we had kocked down earlier down the fenceline ....




That was the only flight we had this a.m. ,,,, some pigeons kept us entertained though and were a little lighter for Sally to retrieve ....

Randy drops a 40 yard pigeon that was travelling Mach 1 ! ...



Sally on the pigeons with Spike not far behind ...




Sun is up full .... no birds flying now , so we start to pack up ... cool to see all the Menonite farmers heading out to work in the background ...



Spike is getting tried anyhow ...



I head back to the truck and get a couple of pictures of the kids at the farm that had gathered to watch us this a.m. .... they even tried viewing from a few different vantage points .... not sure if the boys told the sister she couldn't come up ? ..... she had something in mind for them and teased them by pulling the ladder away ...




Back at the truck ...



Of course it just wouldn't be the same if the new farms resident dog hadn't marked my tires ! .... Some things never change , no matter what farm you hunt on ! ....  Laughing



Headed home to clean birds and download pictures .... Will be hooking up with 2 other friends to try another field tonight ...

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Most of you have seen pic's I've posted of my Springer Sally ... she turned 11 years old June 26th this year ...

She is small in stature but big in heart .... tonight we were finishing up some pass shooting geese to wrap up our 2007 Early goose opener ... when a goose that must have had it's " flak jacket " on ... ( looked like a solid hit at the time ).... but the goose had other plans, and the chase was on ....

Sally hits the ground running ....



The goose opens the gap ....



Sally closes it ....




The " roll over " , take down ...



The snag and pick-up ....



And the long , full bodied carry back ... approx 200 yards round trip and she never set it down once ! .... who says Springers are too small to handle geese !  Laughing





What a great way to end our opening day ! ... Got another field scouted for tomorrow !


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I was out again this morning with Sally ... we got our limit of geese buy 8:00 am ... took some pictures with my small pocket Olympus so not the greatest quality ... also took a short video ( 1st time I tried it ) with the same camera = ( some crows that were squaking at me over the decoys as the sun came up ... )

Never did see the sun ... it was behind the clouds and the ridge ... I set up in a wheat stubble field with a small family group set up of 5 decoys around me ..

Sky started out orange ...



Then pink as the sun crawled out of bed ...



Large flocks of crows dive bombed and squaked at the decoys at 1st light ... I was glad they left because I couldn't hear anything else ! ...



Geese filtered in at decent intervals ... small groups ... I was able to ground 3 singles , one double , and one triple to round out the morning ... 3 inch mag # 2 steel shot out of my newly acquired Hatsun Escort semi auto , brought the game to the table today ...




Headed back to the truck which I had hidden in a low creek area between the fields ... the creek has dryed up this year ...



I went further upstream to see how far the creek had dryed , and as you can see the farmer is taking advantage of the dry up to do some drain / bridge reconstruction ...



Packed up our gear and Sally poses for a picture with the birds ..



Another beauty day in the field !!

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We scouted fields Sunday night for a place to set up Monday a.m. ... found a couple good spots ... got turned down at one , but got permission on another ...

Here are some pic's of birds at those fields ...





We drove home and I snapped a couple cool looking sunset pictures by the farms ...




When I drove by the lake , the sun was almost down and it made the lake water look orange ... cool to see people still fishing at the public dock ...



And this guy was trying to get one last trolling pass in .....

 



Fast forward to this morning ... I hooked up with Skip and LeonK the Russian sniper ! ( I gave him that nick name today when he hit 3 pigeons in flight with a single shot and later got his 1st goose of the season with an amazing long shot ! )

The only thing that was cool looking this morning was the sunrise ... the birds didn't cooperate , and we didn't get any good shots ( except for LeonK's " pigeon triple " ! )

Sky starts to turn orange ...




Making some cool patterns in the clouds ...




Then the sun finally peeks over the horizon ...



Not much shooting in the area ... we did hear some from the river , so I drove by on our way to breakfast and snapped a shot of the boys with the river set up ...



Skip headed home for chores and after breakfast Leon and I did some more scouting ... finally around 12:00 noon , we set up in a cut field on another farm and laid back for a sleep ( expecting the birds to come out around 4:30 pm )

I did some light calls to let the birds on the nearby pond know we were there ... and a curious coyote showed up soon after ...

He was real spooky and circled the flock , testing the wind ...



He worked his way from my left side , to in front of me , then circled to my right ...






Then right after this frame , he hit my scent .... jumped in the air and took off back the way he came ...





After a nice sleep ... Leon heads out to RECON the pond ...



Leon comes back with the report that there are approx 3 dozen birds on the pond ... we wait a while and just when we were in the mist of another fenceline scout ... 4 geese head over the tree line and straight to the decoys ... we hussle into position ... they are closer to my shooting station and I manage an easy triple ! ... Sweeeeet !

Here are the walk up shots ... ( no need to bother Sally , they were all hit good and hard with 3 inch # 2's from a modified choke out of my Hatsun Escort Semi auto )





I'm standing there watching the 4th bird fly off ... when I hear a crack from Leons shooting station ... and to my surprise the bird crumples !! .... Man that was a long shot !! ... Leon " The Russian Sniper " , placed a " long distance call " of 3 inch BB's out of his Beretta 391 and they connected for his 1st goose of the 2007 early season !

Congrat's Leon !



Skip joins in later .... but all the rest of the birds steer clear of our location as the squirt out the back way of the pond ...

The last thing I saw that was worthy of a picture was a Leoprd frog that was hopping around my station ...



We packed up early , thanked the farmer and headed home ... another cool day in the field ! ...

PS : ... This is the field we scouted for tomorrow a.m. shoot ... hope it all comes together in the morning !



Yesterday , Jim and I spotted another successfull hunter during a scouting trip ...



Got out work late today .... just enough time to squeeze in a last try at those Canadian longecks ! ( I'll be tied up with work obligations that will keep me out of the field for the next 3 weeks Cry ) ....

A quick cell call to " Wingmaster " Jim Close ... he says " I'm in " and I'm on my way to pick him up , in transit to a goose field Randy S. and I scoped out yesterday ...

Randy and I saw birds feed in this particular field , late after the storm blew through last night ... I asked the farmer for permission but he said 3 other guys beat us to it , and they were going to set up for a morning hunt ...

Anyway .... with minimal time today because of my late departure from work , we stopped by the farm again ... the farmer said no problem for an evening set up since no one else was coming ...

We took a gamble that the other crew had not hammered the birds too hard in the morning and threw our decoys out ...

Jim relaxes in his goose chair and watches the " nature channel " for the next hour or so ...



Judging by the human tracks and sign in the field and the fact that the 1st flocks of birds off the lake took " the long way around " , I figured they had been hit hard and wisend up since the a.m.

We did manage to get one small group interested and when they stopped in for a brief , fast paced fly by ... we grounded a pair !




And that was it ... we watched other distant flocks settle back to the lake and decided to pack it in early ...

The sky was getting nicely colored as we started to pack up ...



And by the time we had all the gear packed in the truck , the sky had painted a few more colors ...



Jim and I agreed .... " can't think of a better way to kill an hour or so after work , than a relaxing evening reclined in goose chair ! " Laughing  

Best of luck to the rest of you that will be chasing those longnecks , till the 17th ...
 
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