Mathews Inc.
YARD HOPPERS-- 7 YR
Small Game
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Paul@thefort 07-Dec-17
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Southern draw 07-Dec-17
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Brotsky 07-Dec-17
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mountainman 07-Dec-17
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Duke 07-Dec-17
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spike78 07-Dec-17
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Paul@thefort 07-Dec-17
HUNT MAN 07-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 07-Dec-17
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Bowboy 07-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 07-Dec-17
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Jaquomo 07-Dec-17
Jaquomo 07-Dec-17
Chief 419 07-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 07-Dec-17
The last savage 08-Dec-17
LTG 11 08-Dec-17
fastflight 08-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 08-Dec-17
EliteFan 08-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 08-Dec-17
midwest 08-Dec-17
grossklw 08-Dec-17
Marty 08-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 10-Dec-17
spike78 10-Dec-17
Paul@thefort 10-Dec-17
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From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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these bucks offered in-tell last year in exchange for some grub
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these bucks offered in-tell last year in exchange for some grub
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"Ok, boss, when are we going goose hunting,?" Chase stated
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"Ok, boss, when are we going goose hunting,?" Chase stated
Well, finely December is here, my deer and elk season is over and almost forgotten so it must be goose season with the bow and arrow. Hard to believe this will be the seventh year hunting the local geese.

You may remember,two years ago I had a friendly Big Horned Own give me some in-tell on what was happening on the goose scene. And last year, the neighborhood deer, squirrel, and eagle passed on similar information.

This morning, Chase the wonder dog, gave me that questioning look. "ok boss, I have been hearing geese flying right over the house so when are we going goose hunting?"

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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so this morning I loaded Chase into the Tacoma (8 years old with 171,000 miles) and we set off to check out the hunting grounds just up the road (out side of the city limits) and within a mile from the house. Recent weather had been colder and windy with morning temp below freezing.

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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Just up the road and three properties from where I hunt, I find this flock of yard hoppers. Last year the geese did not relate to this field as it had been mowed down to where there was no green grass. This field has always been a good indicator of goose activity.

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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no geese in the field but I know they are very close by
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no geese in the field but I know they are very close by
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a thin layer of ice on the pond
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a thin layer of ice on the pond
So I head over to the property I can hunt and check out the field and pond

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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and then this flock lands on the large lake across the street
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and then this flock lands on the large lake across the street
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on the way off the field and down the driveway, I spy a small flock on the adjacent property

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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So the stage is being set for another bow hunting adventure and not too far from home this time. Gotta love that; Warm bed, breakfast, hot coffee, short drive!

The next stage is to set up the blind, ready the decoys, both Big Foot and Ultimate Predator Wind Drifter decoys. Stay tuned for the next stage as goose hunting time is just around the corner and within a week or so. Next stage, setting up the blind.

07-Dec-17
Looking forward to the hunt !

07-Dec-17
Looking forward as well.

07-Dec-17
Im interested to see how the wind drifters affect how many more birds commit. Im feeling like it will help tremendously. Back when we used to hunt geese a TON, i always felt movement in the deeks was what was needed. Good luck!!!

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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Drifter decoys on rt and left of Big Foot
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Drifter decoys on rt and left of Big Foot
Justin, last year I mixed in a few Drifters with the Big Foots, and that worked the best for my situation. Under the right conditions, I will try to use just the Drifters. I am sure it will work out fine.

From: Brotsky
07-Dec-17
Looking forward to your hunt again this year Paul! I always enjoy your adventures with Chase. It's a great thing to have a good dog to keep us out of trouble! Best of luck to you guys this winter.

From: hoytshooter1
07-Dec-17
Look forward to this every year.... good luck

From: mountainman
07-Dec-17
Awesome! It's that time again. Looking forward to it.

From: mountainman
07-Dec-17
Awesome! It's that time again. Looking forward to it.

From: Duke
07-Dec-17
It's an annual event watching/reading about you lay the smack down on those birds, Paul! Good luck and keep us posted/entertained, my friend! Happy hunting, LUKE

From: yooper89
07-Dec-17
Good luck Paul!

From: drycreek
07-Dec-17
One of my favorite threads ! I'm ready when you are Paul !

From: spike78
07-Dec-17
Holy crap it’s already been a year all ready. Great thread Paul.

From: Destroyer350
07-Dec-17
Looks like a ton of fun!

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17
Brad, you state "its already been a year". I do believe the year does not have 365 days but only half that. And also, the 24 hr clock has been reduced to 12- 18 hrs. Time flies for sure as we mature. Paul

From: HUNT MAN
07-Dec-17
Always a great thread to follow!

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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adding military camo and local brush and grass
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adding military camo and local brush and grass
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it blends right in
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it blends right in
Setting up the blind. I use this Double Bull Dark Horse blind as my main blind for geese

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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and some times a natural hide
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and some times a natural hide
Later I may move it to the top of the hill

From: Bowboy
07-Dec-17
Good luck Paul. I love following this hunt.

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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Shock Wave in action
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Shock Wave in action
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and added a Montana Gold one pin adjustable sight a few years ago
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and added a Montana Gold one pin adjustable sight a few years ago
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Shock Wave, before and after
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Shock Wave, before and after
Ok, geese spotted, permission granted by landowner, blind set up soon ( pictures from last year). Equipment: bow, arrows, broad heads, calls, decoys. Hunting license with state and Federal migratory bird stamps. Lets start with bow, arrow and broad head.

I use the same compound bow I use for deer, elk, turkeys, etc. I have reduced the poundage to 60 # as it may be cold on some mornings and harder to draw a higher poundage bow with a cold shoulder/arm.

Same Gold Tip carbon arrows but I tip them with NAP Shock Wave mech. BH , the same one I use while turkey hunting.

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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this young WT checks out the goose decoys
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this young WT checks out the goose decoys
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a normal set up with another group to the left
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a normal set up with another group to the left
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and then last year added a few Wind Drifter decoys in the spread, (Thanks Lance)
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and then last year added a few Wind Drifter decoys in the spread, (Thanks Lance)
Decoys: 20 Big Food goose decoys. Some times set up in two different groups (ten decoys) with a landing/shooting spot in between. Decoys all set up within 20 yards, and many geese are shot in the 10-20 yard range. With the adjustable sight and the use of a range finder, I have killed geese out to 32 yards.

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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watch your fingers!
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watch your fingers!
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Happy dog
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Happy dog
So then added in the dog. Oh sorry, Chase the wonder dog. And bring a lot of dog treats.

From: Jaquomo
07-Dec-17
Important to bring a good one-eyed dog!

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From: Jaquomo
07-Dec-17
Important to bring a good one-eyed dog!

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From: Chief 419
07-Dec-17
I look forward to this thread every year. Show us how it's done Paul.

From: Paul@thefort
07-Dec-17

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body shot
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Pick a Spot. Well I would love to say I pick an exact spot. well sort of. But I aim for dead center, body shot and that seem to do the job quite well. I mostly do the same on turkeys.

Geese seem to give up when shot. The will try to fly or to "run" away but If you break a wing the dog or hunter can run them down. Unlike a turkey that has quick feet and can out run you, the goose can not. In the years I have hunted them with the bow, I have not lost one. I did have one fly away but I saw him land in an adjacent field wounded, 300 yards away, and when I circled down wind, chase found him and he was dispatched.

08-Dec-17
Circled down wind of a wounded goose,,,a real hunter right right there friends!!! Love the pics of Chase!! He looks like he loves being out there with you Paul,,great thread,,and great shooting!

From: LTG 11
08-Dec-17
probably my favorite annual thread... Awesome!

From: fastflight
08-Dec-17
Paul, what happened to Chases eye? I don't remember that from past years. Very nice looking dog.Man do I love labs.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Dec-17

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LTG11, A bow + geese + dog == lots of fun.

From: EliteFan
08-Dec-17
One of my favorite threads of the year. I gotta do this one of these years, wish I had the time. Go get'm Chase and Paul!

From: Paul@thefort
08-Dec-17
Ken, 5 years ago, Chase chased a fox across the county road. Coming back out of the road side ditch, he was hit by a truck which damaged his eye and we had the vet take it out and patch it up. He has not missed a "beat" since then. We train all year long on singles to triple retrieves to keep his depth perception and marking ability up to par. Fun dog for sure. Part of the family. Paul

From: midwest
08-Dec-17
Sky carp! Good luck, Paul....looking forward to the hunt!

From: grossklw
08-Dec-17
I have no idea why I enjoy this thread so much every-year but I do. Must be the dog-work, nothing like watching a pup run down a crippled winged critter, my favorite thing on the planet.

From: Marty
08-Dec-17
Good luck Chase and Paul!

From: Paul@thefort
10-Dec-17

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Sunday morning. Dec. 10th. Getting closer to the first archery goose hunt. Set up the blind yesterday afternoon. Dusted of the goose decoys. Shooting well out to 30 yards. Good supply of Milk Bone treats for Chase the wonder dog. Heading out tomorrow for a three day pheasant hunt (shotgun) in eastern Colorado. Should be prime time next week when I return. Thanks for following along. Paul

From: spike78
10-Dec-17
Nice Paul, looks like the same shotgun I have. It shoots better then I do.

From: Paul@thefort
10-Dec-17
Good gun Browning O/U. I have had this one since 1988. Recently sent it back to Browning for new firing pins and springs. A little heavy for field work pheasants, but I really like it for duck hunting. Paul

From: spike78
10-Dec-17
I think mine was the same year and is the fixed skeet barrels which seems good for closer shots. Mine is in 20 gauge though. My buddy sold it to me for $600 so I couldn’t pass it up. Mint condition too!

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