Moving Targets

Posted February 06 2013

They say time flies when you are having fun….I guess January must have been a BLAST because it was gone in the blink of an eye!  The weather of ‘winter’ was yet again nothing like of years past.  We had a few days with snow on the ground and a couple cold snaps, but by and large, it was milder than most.  I took a short break the middle of the month to go to the SHOT Show and had a great time…but couldn’t get back to the field fast enough upon my return!

 

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The numbers of Canada Geese in our area were lower than most years, which led to a lot more scouting.  In the end, we had a pretty good honker season.  I grew up hunting Canadas over water, and followed suit this year.  There is something about Canadas over water that I really love….who doesn’t enjoy the big splash and a wet dog with a wagging tail?!  Hunting little loafing areas the geese frequent after feeding makes them pretty soft.  After they get a belly full, they are usually more than willing to drop right in.  January was defined by fullbodies, a handful of loafers and sleeper shells at the water’s edge!  Our clients thoroughly enjoyed themselves and went home with great memories from the field and the Lodge.  A busy month indeed…and the pace is only accelerating!

 

With the Conservation Order for Spring snow geese opening on February 1, there was little time to dwell on the end and even less time to prepare for the beginning!  Spring snow goose season is my busiest time of year.  There are countless hours spent in the field during the day hunting, scouting, as well as during the night setting decoys.  When the work is done and you get settled into the blind for the morning, it is well worth it.  White tornadoes overhead stacked to the Heavens are what dreams are made of!!!!  Best of luck to everyone getting out there this spring, make a pile!  And for those of you who have yet to try to the great white goose chase…give it a go.  If you like adrenaline, you WON’T regret it!!

 

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  1. February 21st, 2013 Cody Bryant says:

    Hunting was good in Nebraska this year between bouncing from North Platte to ScottsBluff we had a banner year with geese. The extended duck season allowed some stellar late season corn duck hunting. Glad to see you got some birds down there it seems like Nebraska is the new texas for waterfowl they get here and don’t seem to leave. Started snow goose season off good but major snow will reset migration so we will start off with front liners again. Sure wish I knew the secreat with them. Seems like we smoke them on calm days and struggle on windy days? Good luck this spring and burn them down a guy gets tired but if you miss a day you may have missed the best day of the year thanks Cody