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YARD HOPPER, LUCKY THIRTEEN
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Paul@thefort 29-Jan-24
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hawkeye in PA 29-Jan-24
Paul@thefort 29-Jan-24
TMac 29-Jan-24
patience2spare 29-Jan-24
spike78 29-Jan-24
JRABQ 29-Jan-24
JTreeman 29-Jan-24
LUNG$HOT 29-Jan-24
ND String Puller 29-Jan-24
drycreek 29-Jan-24
Paul@thefort 29-Jan-24
Paul@thefort 29-Jan-24
Wayniac 30-Jan-24
njbuck 30-Jan-24
arlone 30-Jan-24
Vonfoust 30-Jan-24
deerhunter72 30-Jan-24
drycreek 30-Jan-24
BOWNBIRDHNTR 30-Jan-24
goyt 30-Jan-24
JRABQ 30-Jan-24
INbowdude 30-Jan-24
Insheart 30-Jan-24
buckeye 31-Jan-24
Paul@thefort 31-Jan-24
Chief 419 31-Jan-24
bowhunter24 01-Feb-24
Supernaut 01-Feb-24
Scoot 01-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 01-Feb-24
Zackman 01-Feb-24
BigOk 02-Feb-24
Bow Bullet 02-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 02-Feb-24
Bow Bullet 02-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 04-Feb-24
Bow Bullet 04-Feb-24
pirogue 04-Feb-24
JRABQ 09-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 10-Feb-24
dm/wolfskin 13-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 14-Feb-24
Gib 16-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-24
BULELK1 18-Feb-24
Paul@thefort 24-Feb-24
badbull 24-Feb-24
From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24

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What a great morning to goose hunt. Mid 30s temp, no wind. Was at the field before sunrise at 7:15 am.

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24

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geese started to fly early and before sunrise

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29-Jan-24

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I hear a few low flyers out over the lake and give out a few goose notes. They swing over for a look

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29-Jan-24

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Landing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24

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Geese within 20 yards. Bow up, draw, settle pin, release

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24

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Whack!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, number 10 down for the season.

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24

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Time for Teal to go to work. If you remember, he was having some issues with picking up and bring back these large geese. So I worked with him with training dummies and then a goose or two in show him how to hold by the neck or wing. Little by little he improved. Before I set him after the goose, I threw a dummy a few times just to enforce that he had to do. Ok, now the real deal, a goose.

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24

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29-Jan-24
Excellent job Teal and Paul. Teal will be anxiously awaiting for next season!!

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24

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What a great way to end the Yard Hopper season with 10 geese and a dog that finely figured it out. I gathered up both blinds and decoys and headed home with a smile on my face. Teal did well this season, with Sage Hens, Pheasants, Ducks and now geese. Teal will be 20 months old on Feb 6th. Oh hell, I will be 84 on March 7th. Time flies by when you are having fun.

From: TMac
29-Jan-24
Well done Paul and Teal I always enjoy following along for the “yard hopper” series!

29-Jan-24
Great job, Paul & Teal! I am super impressed that you can call geese into that dried out grass... it doesn't look like there is anything left in that yard of nutritional value! We've been getting after the honkers pretty seriously here in northeast Indiana, but just in the ag fields.

Enjoy a little down time and good luck with the turkey hunting this spring! Pete

From: spike78
29-Jan-24
Very nice Paul way to teach the pup!

From: JRABQ
29-Jan-24
Always fun, thanks for taking us along!

From: JTreeman
29-Jan-24
Great way to wrap it up Paul. Thanks for sharing and continuing to! I hope you get to do it again next year.

—Jim

From: LUNG$HOT
29-Jan-24
Awesome Paul. Thanks for sharing this season after season. Teal gets an “attaboy” in my book.

29-Jan-24
A true inspiration you are Paul! I’m very impressed with what you’ve accomplished with Teal already. Thanks for making our day, keep at it sir!

From: drycreek
29-Jan-24
Still my hero Paul ! Teal is working into an excellent companion.

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24
Hey Kelly, it has helped that Teal's father is a 4 times HRC Hunt Test National Champ from Nebraska. Lots of get up and go and desire. He had been a hand full but coming along nicely. There are even a few days that I do not have to yell at him and remind him who is boss :).

From: Paul@thefort
29-Jan-24
Pete, yea the grass does look dry but under the dry grass is some greenery for the geese to feed on. The hard part of archery goose hunting is getting them to land within bow range and then shoot quickly before they realize there is not much food there or they just wander off when they realize the decoys are not the real thing. I have found that I have a minute or two , after they land, to get the shot off before they get suspicious. I place the decoys within 20 yards so most shots are 25 yards and under.

From: Wayniac
30-Jan-24
I always enjoy reading about these hunts - thanks for sharing!

From: njbuck
30-Jan-24
Heck of a season Paul, congrats!

From: arlone
30-Jan-24
Congrats on another good "hopper" season! Looks like you and Teal are forming a lasting partnership.

From: Vonfoust
30-Jan-24
So much fun this is!! Thank you for putting these out there every year Paul!! Congrats a on a great season!

From: deerhunter72
30-Jan-24
Great way to wrap up another successful season! Teal did great and Paul is always on the money. Thanks so much for keeping the tradition alive and taking us along with you. Much continued success and health! You make 84 look young:)

From: drycreek
30-Jan-24
I feel your pain Paul concerning training a new pup. I have a three month old Jack Russell Terrorist named Molly that I’m trying to potty train. She’s at about 50% right now, and I will sure be glad when she gets it down. The blood trailing will probably be a given with just a little help.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
30-Jan-24
Congrats on a great season and on developing another fine hunting companion!

From: goyt
30-Jan-24
Another great season. Thanks for sharing.

From: JRABQ
30-Jan-24
Always fun, thanks for taking us along!

From: INbowdude
30-Jan-24
Great season Paul for you and Teal. Thanks for posting your adventures.

From: Insheart
30-Jan-24
Entertaining as always Paul and Teal.

From: buckeye
31-Jan-24
Paul, thanks for sharing your adventures! I hope the new land owner let's you return next season. Stay well buddy!

From: Paul@thefort
31-Jan-24

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Geeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Bow hunting!. Is that not was Bowsite.com is all about? Great site for sure. Keep up the tradition and tell your stories. I just know there are tons of good bow hunting stories out there just waiting to be told be it goose, rabbits or elk or mule deer in the clouds.

Turkey season is not too far away. My best, Paul

From: Chief 419
31-Jan-24
Thanks for sharing your hunting stories! Can’t wait until the next series.

From: bowhunter24
01-Feb-24
Thanks for sharing you and Teal's season with us, looking forward to more of you and Teal in the future!

From: Supernaut
01-Feb-24
Congratulations on another excellent season Paul and Teal!

Thanks again for taking us all along with the great pictures and write ups. I, like others, will hope you do it again next season and will be awaiting it.

-Jim

From: Scoot
01-Feb-24
Great stuff Paul! Thanks for another great bowhunting thread! Awesome way to end the year.

From: Paul@thefort
01-Feb-24

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Always a pleasure guys. Hard to tell if the series will continue next year to it's 14 th year. Just found out that the property is STILL for sale as the client backed out at the last minute due to a VA loan and high interest rates. One never knows about these local geese and changing situations in the area, and how that all might affect the goose season. I heard a LOT less shot gun blasts from goose hunters in the area as in the past but luck would have it I was able to kill 10 geese and missed only three, ie, better than last year. My best year was 17 geese, with 4 geese twice in one day and one day a limit of 5 geese a year later. I still have these 10 geese's breasts to grind and make into burger and jerky, as the process continues. I will continue to train Teal as I will be entering him in at least four HRC Hunt Test this summer , in the Seasoned Trials. He will will have to do a double retrieve on land and then on water, as well as a "blind" retrieve on land and water. Fun stuff and its gives him and me a job this off season.

From: Zackman
01-Feb-24
Well done Paul!

From: BigOk
02-Feb-24
Great as always, thanks for sharing.

From: Bow Bullet
02-Feb-24
Thanks for sharing another successful year of Yard Hoppers, Paul. Always an enjoyable read. It was fun to see Teal's progress through this season. Best of luck finding a place where you and Teal can continue to control the local goose population in the future.

From: Paul@thefort
02-Feb-24

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"control the local goose population". I am up for the challenge but for every goose I killed it seems there are 10 that takes it's place in the Spring. The Front Range of Colorado is an goose incubator.

From: Bow Bullet
02-Feb-24
Oh I know, Paul. But you're doing your part. Scads of them down here by Boyd Lake right now. It would be great to have a place to hunt them around here but winning the Powerball is probably better odds than findinga place.

From: Paul@thefort
04-Feb-24
Hey Brad, if I am still hunting this goose field next year, you are invited. All you need is a state and federal duck permit. Breakfast at my house before or after, we go hunting.

From: Bow Bullet
04-Feb-24
Thank you Paul! PM sent

From: pirogue
04-Feb-24
Great stuff, Paul.

From: JRABQ
09-Feb-24
Always fun, thanks for taking us along!

From: Paul@thefort
10-Feb-24

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Well, goose season ends tomorrow, Feb 11 at sunset. I still see geese around the area so there should be plenty of Yard Hoppers for next season. As you noted, I killed 10 geese this season and ended my hunt two weeks ago with plenty of action during those 13 hunts. Teal saw plenty of action on all of this hunts for grouse, pheasants, duck and geese. He just turned 20 months old and is strong and able and we are looking forward to many more hunts together.

Thanks all for following along. I can tell there a lot of hunting dog owners on Bowsite by your comments and support of the Yard Hopper Series. Next year??? Just have to wait and see. Our best, Paul and Teal and lets not forget, Chase the wonder dog.

From: dm/wolfskin
13-Feb-24
Love it!

From: Paul@thefort
14-Feb-24

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Yea, on Valentines Day, you got to love it.

From: Gib
16-Feb-24
Always love your hunts Paul, thank you for sharing

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-24

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Gib, I presented a Turkey hunting and calling seminar last night before our Sportsmen's Caucus meeting here in Colorado. I hope it turned on a few attending to hunt turkey especially with the bow. Got me thinking, the season is just 6 weeks away. Maybe there will be another story coming. Thanks for the note. Paul

From: BULELK1
18-Feb-24
Another great year Paul.

Teal has certainly turned into a hunting partner for ya.

Thanks for taking us along again this year man.

Good luck, Robb

From: Paul@thefort
24-Feb-24

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Yea Robb, Teal is a keeper. Paul

From: badbull
24-Feb-24
Really enjoy the pics and especially those of Teal. Bob

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