Thursday, February 18, 2010

Spring Goose Hunt

I am preparing my gear for the White Fronted and Snow goose hunt in the Klamath Basin which begins on this Saturday. My friend Jackie will be hunting with me on opening day before she returns to the bay area on Sunday. A few weeks ago I wrote about when we hunted the last weekend of the regular season. This was her first time ever goose hunting and she did get her first goose, what an experience. Pt.1/Pt.2. She is once again eager and ready to get after them and has purchased a Final Approach Express ground blind and some other water fowling gear to use this time. I am relatively sure that we have a new waterfowl hunter in our midst. She is talking of next season already, this is a good sign! I too have some new items to field test, cabin test and will report my results when I return. Jet too is ready to get back in the field and enjoy some mild weather hunts. Sure hope to get her a few birds, that would be great.

The weather has been unseasonably warm and mild which I hope translates into the Northern migration having begun. This year we can harvest 2 White Fronted Geese and 4 Snow Geese per day. I have yet to shoot a Snow goose and am really curious to find out for myself if they taste as bad as I've heard. If so then perhaps thuringer is the way to go with them. I know that Specs (aka White Fronted) are the best goose out there and I am already licking my chops just thinking about getting a few of them back home. Have even bought a hundred Texas Rags for the Snow Goose decoys and am looking forward to seeing just how well they work. They are sure time consuming in their initial set up. Certainly something to do prior to the hunt.

That's all for now, will catch up next week with a hunting report and some photos. Also will let you know how the new gear and decoys work.

Otherwise I have been watching the Olympics and rooting for the home team. Sure were some wicked falls in the women's D.H., I can't watch those crashes, just hurts to damn much. Sure am happy for Lindsey Vonn and Julia Mancuso's results. Congratulations Team U.S.A.

Women's Hunting Journal Integrity For The Hunt


Anonymous said...

Looks like I am not the only one planning on spring.

Good Luck to you if I forget to tell you whenever it does get here.

mdmnm said...


If you set up a few of your rags as windsocks on dowels, it'll add a good bit of variety to your spread. Hope you all get into them good.

Anonymous said...

Hey Terry! I have had snow goose that didn't turn out too bad, but I chunked up the breast meat and slow cooked it with BBQ baked beans and bacon in a crockpot.

I've only hunted snow geese once, but I sure liked the NorthWind decoys. We also used rags. Great way to make a big spread, which is needed.

The best of luck to you and your friend, I hope you both have a great time.

Terry Scoville said...

Mdmnm, yes we did set the rags using fiberglass dowels. Thanks, nice to know I was on the right track.

WO, glad to hear Snow geese are edible. Will keep you posted and thanks!

Blessed said...

Good luck hunting those snow geese! Hubby and his buddies hope to get out chasing them sometime in the next couple of weeks.

The only problem with layout blinds is that they can be so comfortable that I just want to lay down and take a nap :)

gary said...

Well...............I keep waiting for the results. Evidently either it was a slow weekend or else it was so good you're still cleaning geese. I'll assume the later till we hear. We haven't seen any returning birds here yet. We have a little reservoir a half mile up the road that sometimes looks like it has several hundred snows on it when they come through. Awesome site.

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