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Goose hunt fun (...soooo close to a personal first)

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 8,155 Senior Member
I'm having some issues getting Windows to recognize my iPhone right now, but thankfully, a buddy got a shot of the end result on his and we could import a pic.

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Bottom line: today was the first time I have ever killed a limit of Canada geese in a single flock. This means that I went 3-for-3 on shots/hits and consequently needed just one magazine-full of shells (legally restricted/plugged down to 3 total shots in the gun) to do it. Problem? One of the birds sailed far into the boggiest, nastiest cattail thicket I've ever tried to navigate. Even with a buddy helping look, we ran out of light before we could find it. I still retrieved the other two, but it's always a pisser to lose one that you saw fall. So, I sort of count it as a one-mag limit...and I sort of don't since I couldn't retrieve that last bird.

This was a quick hunt setup after work with some decent wind gust and overcast skies helping things along. That said, the birds waited until very late to fly. With just 10 minutes remaining in the legal shooting day, we had a flock come over us low in the marsh. It took almost no lead: I simply held on the tips of their bills and fired the 3" BB shot shells from my Benelli, stone-cold dropping all 3 geese. My buddy couldn't score a bird, but we'll be back again when the weather degrades later in the week. There were plenty of others flying with a little bit of legal light to spare.
Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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  • earlyearly Senior Member Posts: 4,950 Senior Member
    The way them winged vermin have messed up the walk ways here, I wish you could have downed a truck load.
    My thoughts are generally clear. My typing, not so much.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,866 Senior Member
    bummer with the third one.
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,187 Senior Member
    Excellent result Luis. Are they normal Canada's or Giant Canada's?
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    I'm having some issues getting Windows to recognize my iPhone right now, but thankfully, a buddy got a shot of the end result on his and we could import them.

    Ohio%20Geese%20from%20Beavercreek%20Wildlife%20Area%20-%2023%20Jan%202017_zpszn8she63.jpg

    Bottom line: today was the first time I killed a limit of geese in a single flock/using just 3 shots. Problem? One of them sailed into the boggiest, nastiest cattail thicket I've ever tried to navigate. Even with a buddy helping look, we ran out of light before we could find it. I still retrieved the other two, but it's always a pisser to lose one that you saw fall. So, I sort of count it as a one-mag limit...and I sort of don't since I couldn't retrieve that last bird.

    This was a quick hunt setup with some decent wind gust and overcast skies helping things along. That said, the birds waited until very late to fly. With just 10 minutes remaining, we have a flock come over us low in the marsh. It took almost no lead - simply holding on the tips of their bills - to stone cold drop all 3 geese. We'll be back again when the weather degrades later in the week. There were plenty others flying with a little bit of legal light to spare.

    Where was this? In Ohio? You need to come down here next time and kill you some Speckle Bellies. They're known as the "Rib Eye in the Sky!"
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    ned - Yeah, it was a bummer to lose that bird. I never want that to happen, but that's the risk in hunting this particular spot. If one falls outside of the relatively small watered area into the surrounding brush, it's a nightmare trying to recover it.

    snake - yes, this was in Ohio at a public wetland about 5 minutes from my house. I would love to do a Texas speck hunt. We never see them in season here.
    orchidman wrote: »
    Excellent result Luis. Are they normal Canada's or Giant Canada's?

    Alec - the one on the right is a giant Canada. The left bird is a regular Canada. That right bird was freaking heavy. Pulled out the house scale to weight it and it rang in at 14.2 lbs (6.4 kilos). That's as big as the turkey I shot a couple of years ago on Teach's farm in Tennessee!

    early - in the September/early season, we are allowed a 5-bird limit, but during the regular/late season, you can only take 3. I know why that limit is there, but part of me wishes we could take more. These birds are surprisingly delicious.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 24,944 Senior Member
    Nice!
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • Ernie BishopErnie Bishop Senior Member Posts: 7,602 Senior Member
    Way cool.
    I have never done what you accomplished.
    Ernie

    "The Un-Tactical"
  • Farm Boy DeuceFarm Boy Deuce Senior Member Posts: 6,083 Senior Member
    Cool. Waterfowl is one type of hunting I have never done that I really want too. I live very close to some great goose and sand hill crane hunting but I have no idea what I am doing.
    I am afraid we forget sometime that the basic and simple things brings us the most pleasure.
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  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    ned - Yeah, it was a bummer to lose that bird. I never want that to happen, but that's the risk in hunting this particular spot. If one falls outside of the relatively small watered area into the surrounding brush, it's a nightmare trying to recover it.

    snake - yes, this was in Ohio at a wetland about 5 minutes from my house. I would love to do a Texas speck hunt. We never see them in season here.



    The one on the right is a giant. The left bird is a regular Canada. That right bird was freaking heavy. Pulled out the house scale to weight it and it rang in at 14.2 lbs (6.4 kilos).

    Early season, we are allowed a 5-bird limit, but during the regular/late season, you can only take 3.

    Don't get me wrong Canada's are fantastic. First Goose I ever killed was a Canada a Great Canadian as they call em here. What about Snows and Blues?

    People will tell you that Snows and Blues are trash geese and not worth messing with. Don't listen to them, that's lazy people. Skin those dudes, don't mess with plucking em'. Marinate them in your favorite rub and inject them with a good turkey frying injection before you marinate, then marinate overnight in the fridge, then baptize those babies in the Holy Peanut oil in the Turkey Fryer the next day. Fry em til they float and give em another 3-5 minutes after they float and you will swear they're domestic turkey. Except the breast isn't white meat. Actually, more like a giant Dove sorta kinda. I love shooting snows.

    Also, do that with speckle bellies and you'll think you died and went to heaven and are eating at St. Peter's Table fit for the KING! And it works for Canada's as well.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Cool. Waterfowl is one type of hunting I have never done that I really want too. I live very close to some great goose and sand hill crane hunting but I have no idea what I am doing.

    I've said this on here before, but it bears repeating: deer hunting can be rewarding, but it can also be very boring. If you want excitement, waterfowl (and bird hunting, in general) is where it's at. When things get going, they REALLY get going, and having birds work right into you lap over decoys is about as adrenaline-pumping as it gets.

    If I can get back to Nebraska this coming summer, you and me need to talk about getting you over some birds.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    snake284 wrote: »
    Don't get me wrong Canada's are fantastic. First Goose I ever killed was a Canada a Great Canadian as they call em here. What about Snows and Blues?

    People will tell you that Snows and Blues are trash geese and not worth messing with. Don't listen to them, that's lazy people. Skin those dudes, don't mess with plucking em'. Marinate them in your favorite rub and inject them with a good turkey frying injection before you marinate, then marinate overnight in the fridge, then baptize those babies in the Holy Peanut oil in the Turkey Fryer the next day. Fry em til they float and give em another 3-5 minutes after they float and you will swear they're domestic turkey. Except the breast isn't white meat. Actually, more like a giant Dove sorta kinda. I love shooting snows.

    Also, do that with speckle bellies and you'll think you died and went to heaven and are eating at St. Peter's Table fit for the KING! And it works for Canada's as well.

    Canada goose is an absolute favorite treat around our house. It's one of the few game meats that my wife genuinely relishes, so it always goes over well.

    As for snows and blues, I may have to give your recipe a try. Honestly, the one and only time I tried to eat them I was pretty underwhelmed. The ones I cooked up last time I hunted them were fishy and gamey all at once - simply not good table fare at all without some sort of marinade to get that rough taste out.

    In hindsight, maybe it's luck that I didn't find that last bird. That would've made for roughly 40 lbs. of birds on the stringer in addition to gun, gear, waders, ammo, etc. to hump out of the marsh! Getting those two out was bad enough. It's not as big of a deal when it's a deer on a drag, but hanging all of that weight off of your body directly sucks hard, especially when you're in a mud soup mixed with heavy vegetation.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • snake284snake284 Senior Member Posts: 22,394 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Canada goose is an absolutely favorite treat around our house. It's one of the few game meats that my wife genuinely relishes, so it always goes over well.

    As for snows and blues, I may have to give your recipe a try. Honestly, the one and only time I tried to eat them I was pretty underwhelmed. The ones I cooked up last time I hunted them were fishy and ga20mey all at once - simply not good table fare at all without some sort of marinade to get that rough taste out.

    Yeah, they can be pretty rough depending on where and when they were killed. But when they'been down here living in the fields for 1-2 months and eating grain from the fields, if you skin them, and marinate them well, then fry 'em up, they are a whole lot better, or at least in my experience. Sometimes Canada's can get pretty ratty down here when they hang out around the bays and brackish waters. So this recipe is good for all geese. Speckle Bellies are the prime goose down here. I've never killed one. But have eaten it. It's like good venison. Mildly wild and responds to spices.

    Now I really realize why Black Pepper was such an important item back on the frontier. That and salt can make a turd taste good. Well, that's a stretch but you get my drift.

    Next year, you need to come down here and I'll schedule us with Jake Huddleston. His wife was the manager at my mother's retirement home and he was raised with my kids.

    Jake will show you a good time for a reasonable price, if any guided hunts can be viewed as reasonably priced.
    Daddy, what's an enabler?
    Son that's somebody with nothing to do with his time but keep me in trouble with mom.
  • HAWKENHAWKEN Senior Member Posts: 1,720 Senior Member
    Nicely done Luis, congratulations. It sure sucks to lose any game, but not to worry, scavengers will find it and they need to eat too. BTW, Canada's make excellent jerky.........robin
    I don't often talk to people that voted for Obama, but when I do I order large fries!
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    HAWKEN wrote: »
    Nicely done Luis, congratulations. It sure sucks to lose any game, but not to worry, scavengers will find it and they need to eat too. BTW, Canada's make excellent jerky.........robin
    Thanks, Robin! Yeah, that area has plenty of coyotes and foxes that will assuredly find that goose.

    Now that you mention it, I've done duck jerky, but never goose jerky. That might have to change this week...
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,658 Senior Member
    Nicely done Luis :worthy:
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    knitepoet wrote: »
    Nicely done Luis :worthy:

    Thanks, Paul! You got some birds down your way? If I come down for deer (most likely after I move this coming Summer), I may be able to bring some gear along if you know a place you want to try for waterfowl!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • knitepoetknitepoet Senior Member Posts: 21,658 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Thanks, Paul! You got some birds down your way? If I come down for deer (most likely after I move this coming Summer), I may be able to bring some gear along if you know a place you want to try for waterfowl!
    Alas, I do not
    Seven Habits of Highly Effective Pirates, Rule #37: There is no “overkill”. There is only “open fire” and “I need to reload”.


  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,187 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    Thanks, Robin! Yeah, that area has plenty of coyotes and foxes that will assuredly find that goose.

    Now that you mention it, I've done duck jerky, but never goose jerky. That might have to change this week...

    If you like liver and bacon............slice the breast of a Canada up thin, pan fry it in hot pan with a little butter, when cooked add a tablespoon of water and scrape the pan into a pot......repeat until you have enough. Do the same thing with bacon, then thicken.

    Serve on wholemeal toast. The goose will taste similar to liver......I guess you could make scones/biscuits instead of toast.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    orchidman wrote: »
    If you like liver and bacon............slice the breast of a Canada up thin, pan fry it in hot pan with a little butter, when cooked add a tablespoon of water and scrape the pan into a pot......repeat until you have enough. Do the same thing with bacon, then thicken.

    Serve on wholemeal toast. The goose will taste similar to liver......I guess you could make scones/biscuits instead of toast.
    I appreciate the recipe, but I am personally not a fan of liver. I have tried it repeatedly, to include impala liver with stomach fat wrapping in Africa, but just can't get a taste for it.

    With geese, we like to cube it, marinate it in beer, followed by a homemade teriyaki sauce, bacon wrap it and then grill it one skewers with veggies as kabobs. The results are amazing!

    Goose%20kabobs%20-%20after_zpsxihf03wh.jpg
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • jbohiojbohio Senior Member Posts: 5,594 Senior Member
    Nicely done! I gotta get out!!
    I love eating Canadians, too. Marinated, on the grill.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    Nicely done! I gotta get out!!
    I love eating Canadians, too. Marinated, on the grill.
    We have until the middle of Feb if you can make it out here. Look for awful weather out by the base and we'll make it happen. No guarantees in this state as you are going to work hard for every bird out here, but hey - you gotta try!
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • BAMAAKBAMAAK Senior Member Posts: 4,484 Senior Member
    Well done. One question, does serving our country get in the way of your hunting? :guns:
    "He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm."

    -- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German writer and politician
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    BAMAAK wrote: »
    Well done. One question, does serving our country get in the way of your hunting? :guns:
    Yes. Yes, it does. But I don't mind. The beauty of waterfowl is that they don't fly until right before sunset around. As long as I get out of work on time, I can don the waders with time to spare to make it to the marsh.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 8,202 Senior Member
    jbohio wrote: »
    I love eating Canadians, too. Marinated, on the grill.

    There's something about this that just doesn't sound quite right. :jester:
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    JerryBobCo wrote: »
    There's something about this that just doesn't sound quite right. :jester:

    I had a brief image of John Candy with an apple in his mouth, laying prone and bound on a large silver platter, begging for mercy.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • bellcatbellcat Senior Member Posts: 1,934 Senior Member
    Well done! Sorry so late.....haven't been on hunting forum for a while.
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  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    bellcat wrote: »
    Well done! Sorry so late.....haven't been on hunting forum for a while.

    No sweat - we'll have to find some time to do a goose hunt up your way if/when I can get back out to Nebraska. Rumor has it, that won't be long...
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,866 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    No sweat - we'll have to find some time to do a goose hunt up your way if/when I can get back out to Nebraska. Rumor has it, that won't be long...
    You seem to be moving more often than we did.
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    NN wrote: »
    You seem to be moving more often than we did.
    Interestingly enough, this is actually a slower pace than a generation ago. They used to move you every 2 years. Someone with sense realized how outrageously expensive that becomes across the span of the service and they eventually cut it back to every years. Now, it's back to every 3 years in order to ensure career diversification and position backfill. If I end up back in Nebraska, you won't hear me complaining. I already have a Nebraska lifetime hunt permit/habitat stamp/waterfowl stamp that I bought on my last tour there, so all I need to do for waterfowl is buy my annual federal waterfowl stamp.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 24,866 Senior Member
    Clean said we moved 19 times, early years with training commands in the loop caused more moves, then the war and unaccompanied overseas tours
    caused more since Clean and the kids had to get out of Qtrs and went home near family.
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