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Christmas Geese
Groups: Tribe Stories
Categories: Hunts | Pro Staff
Mar 5, 2013

I consider myself to be an avid water-fowler. I have to admit, there’s just something about being in a layout blind on a frozen, snow-covered grain field when that familiar sound of a Canadian Goose breaks the cold silence.

It was the day after Christmas in Northeastern California. Temperatures were in the teens, and the off-and-on snow had me anticipating that the geese would be on the move. I was setup between a refuge and the field that most of the geese in the area were using. I was hoping that I could traffic a few birds, and convince them that my field was just as appealing as the one with 500 honkers busily feeding away.

I was trading text messages with a good friend and lamenting to him about how the geese weren’t paying any attention to me with the large spread of live decoys a quarter mile away.  He responded, “You only need a pair of them to give you a chance.” 

Scanning the horizon with my binoculars I caught a glimpse of a distinct shape in the distance. It seemed as if it took them forever to make their way to me. After a few clucks and moans with a well-timed wave of the flag to get their attention, the pair of birds slowed their wing beats until they “cupped up,” and headed toward the decoys.

 

As I popped up out of my blind to take the shot, the birds begin to backpedal furiously. I connected on the first shot and I turned my gun to the other goose, which was still well in range and promptly missed.  Now panic began to set in. My chance to limit was fleeing, so I bore down, and connected with the third shot on the final goose of my two-bird limit.

I jumped out of the blind to retrieve the geese, and when I flipped over the second goose there was an extra surprise attached to its leg. I had received a late Christmas gift of jewelry.

I immediately snapped a picture with my phone and sent it my buddy’s way with the caption, “got the pair” and promptly received a congratulatory text back.

 


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Thanks for the good words Chad. Its always an added bonus getting a little extra. That bird was banded about 3 miles from where she was shot.
Posted by Dan Mallia on Mar 13, 2013 12:55 PM
Dan those are the days goose hunters love!! Great story man.
Posted by Greig McAlpin on Mar 12, 2013 7:53 PM
Heck of a morning Dan! Congrats and great pics...nothing like getting that jewelry for sure. Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Chad Bell on Mar 5, 2013 8:27 PM

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