With my family in town today I didn’t know what my afternoon would look like, so today’s hunt was a spur of the moment trip. The choice today, should I crappie fish or should I go set up and hope for a late evening flock of afternoon geese at the pond.
Well, goose season is almost over so I might as well give it a go. I hit the pond about 3:45 and by 4 pm I had my spread set up and shortly their after an endless string of snow geese started showing up. With the sun shining off their wings they made for quite the sight. As the string kept going they kept pushing closer and closer until finally the flight path came right over the pond. Dakota and I waited until a group came over just at treetop and a little to low. I was able to shoot twice and pull a nice mature snow out the line of geese. Dakota was more than happy to do her part of the job running out on the ice and bring back her prize.
With sunset at 5:30 tonight and a cold front moving in at the exact same time (the temperatures here in KS went from 60 when I showed up to 42 when I left and a low of 5 tonight) the geese really started moving about 5 pm. My first look at a Canada goose tonight was when a group of 4 locked up over the field just to the east of me and started heading my way. When birds cup up you get the rush, oh ya, it’s ON! But this time they turned into the wind and landed in the corn field 150 yards away. No worries, I can just hope a group over shoots them and wants to hit the water. For the next 15 minutes I watched the show as Ducks, Canada Geese and Snow Geese all made a quick stop for dinner.
As I was watching another group of geese work into the corn a pair of birds pulled off the flight path and started toward the decoys. They pulled a group of 6 with them and about 100 ducks. The pair came in and landed on the far side of the decoys on the ice but the 6 kept coming and tried to land right where they should, 15 yards in front of me. Somehow I missed my first shot but connected on the next two. What a way to end the week. 16 Canada’s (one banded, one Quill Lake goose) and a bonus snow!