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Yard Hoppers PART 4
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Contributors to this thread:
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
The last savage 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Owl 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
midwest 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
GhostBird 08-Jan-18
eddie c 08-Jan-18
stick n string 08-Jan-18
Russell 08-Jan-18
njbuck 08-Jan-18
BigOk 08-Jan-18
buckfevered 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Brotsky 08-Jan-18
BOWNBIRDHNTR 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Shawn 08-Jan-18
drycreek 08-Jan-18
Heat 08-Jan-18
ben yehuda 08-Jan-18
Paul 08-Jan-18
OFFHNTN 08-Jan-18
spike78 08-Jan-18
Inshart 08-Jan-18
KsRancher 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Duke 08-Jan-18
KsRancher 08-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 08-Jan-18
Ron Niziolek 09-Jan-18
Iowa_Archer 09-Jan-18
Spyder 34 09-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 10-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 10-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 10-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 10-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 10-Jan-18
3arrows 10-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 17-Jan-18
Ambush 17-Jan-18
BOWNBIRDHNTR 17-Jan-18
TD 17-Jan-18
tobywon 17-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 17-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 17-Jan-18
tobywon 17-Jan-18
drycreek 17-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 18-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 18-Jan-18
Brotsky 18-Jan-18
Paul@thefort 18-Jan-18
From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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First animals to show up where these 3 mule deer does
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First animals to show up where these 3 mule deer does
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the week before there were three WT does in the same field, now mule deer does.
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the week before there were three WT does in the same field, now mule deer does.
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they were curious about the goose decoys
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they were curious about the goose decoys
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but then headed for their bedding area next to the pond
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but then headed for their bedding area next to the pond
Hunt 8, January 8th. LOTS OF ACTION THIS MORNING SO HERE WE GO, PART 4, ARCHERY GOOSE HUNTING FOR YARD HOPPERS----Colorado style.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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at 8:15 am a few high flyers
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at 8:15 am a few high flyers
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I was looking for low flyers like these
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I was looking for low flyers like these
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on they came but then the property owners dog decided to come and visit. Off they went. Dam!
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on they came but then the property owners dog decided to come and visit. Off they went. Dam!

08-Jan-18
Any action Paul?

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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Good Morning but------ Now GO HOME
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Good Morning but------ Now GO HOME

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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a half hour later a few more coming by and looking at the decoys. A few clucks on the goose call
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a half hour later a few more coming by and looking at the decoys. A few clucks on the goose call

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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and two land at 26 yards. I aim a little high with the 20 yard pin, arrow on its way. Good hit but the goose flies off towards the barn
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and two land at 26 yards. I aim a little high with the 20 yard pin, arrow on its way. Good hit but the goose flies off towards the barn
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and it lands/dies in the taller yellow grass next to the reeds.
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and it lands/dies in the taller yellow grass next to the reeds.
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I add a few back and over, corrections to his hunt
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I add a few back and over, corrections to his hunt
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and Bingo," look what I found dad". stated Chase
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and Bingo," look what I found dad". stated Chase

08-Jan-18
Good luck recovering!

I was thinking of you this morning. We have geese every where! I am south of KC by 45 minutes, but the numbers just exploded over the last 7-10 days.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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back he comes, a proud pup with a 10 # goose in his mouth
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back he comes, a proud pup with a 10 # goose in his mouth
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a well deserved treat, Watch one's fingers!
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a well deserved treat, Watch one's fingers!

From: Owl
08-Jan-18
What head do you shoot Paul?

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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this hawk is hopping I will leave a dead one for it.
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this hawk is hopping I will leave a dead one for it.
Owl, NAP mech BH , Shock Wave. Same as I use on turkeys , ie, compound bow, I purchased them at Walmart over the years for less than 20$/3 but I do not see them there recently.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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Wait! I hear a single goose. We jump in the blind and get ready. Wings down, set, and landing.
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Wait! I hear a single goose. We jump in the blind and get ready. Wings down, set, and landing.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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single pin finds the goose
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single pin finds the goose
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I miss twice using the 20 yards pin. I range find, 28 yards, adjust sight, third arrow on its way
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I miss twice using the 20 yards pin. I range find, 28 yards, adjust sight, third arrow on its way
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goose jumps up, flies 200 yards onto the pond and dies.
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goose jumps up, flies 200 yards onto the pond and dies.
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Chase out on the pond for the second time
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Chase out on the pond for the second time

From: midwest
08-Jan-18
Way to go, Paul and Chase!

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18

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Happy hunter
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Happy hunter
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HAPPY DOG
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HAPPY DOG

From: GhostBird
08-Jan-18
Another fine day afield with mans best friend.

From: eddie c
08-Jan-18
good looking dog.

08-Jan-18
That is awesome Paul. Congrats!

08-Jan-18
Awesome deal, Paul. Love following

From: Russell
08-Jan-18
Paul and Chase= The A Team!!

Awesome thread you do each year Paul. Thank you very much for sharing with all of us.

I'm finding myself looking at local "Yard Hoppers" a bit differently lately.

From: njbuck
08-Jan-18
Congrats on another great day. Looks like a blast. How do those geese taste? By me they taste horrible.

From: BigOk
08-Jan-18
Congrats

From: buckfevered
08-Jan-18
As always Paul, you guys are looking good and getting it done.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18
Rob, it is always about knowing how to cook wild game and fowl. I usually make jerky from the breast meat. Very good and a welcome source of protein on my solo elk hunts.

From: Brotsky
08-Jan-18
Awesome hunt today Paul! when you have a happy dog it's hard not to be a happy hunter! Congrats!

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
08-Jan-18
Congrats again Paul. How much longer is your season open?

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18
Jeff, until Feb 12th. 5 goose limit

From: Shawn
08-Jan-18
SWEET!! Great hunt, great hunting buddy and great story!! Thanks! Shawn

From: drycreek
08-Jan-18
Happy hunter, happy dog, great story and great pics = happy bowsiters !

Thanks Paul !

From: Heat
08-Jan-18
All kinds of awesome! You and Chase are a heck of a team! Good stuff Paul!

08-Jan-18
Love these threads! Thank you Paul.

From: Paul
08-Jan-18
What a great thread and hunt thanks keep it up .

From: OFFHNTN
08-Jan-18
Congrats and thanks Paul! This helps break up a long winter!

From: spike78
08-Jan-18
Awesome Paul!

From: Inshart
08-Jan-18
Also agree with what's been said - great thread to follow along.

From: KsRancher
08-Jan-18
Congratulations. It looks like a blast. And by asking this question I am in no way criticizing or try to make an argument. But what are laws out there on shooting migratory birds. Cause in Kansas I think they have to be in flight. I have been watching this thread have really enjoyed it. Keep it coming!

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18
Rusty, I understand and am glad you are enjoying the thread, but please show me in your state regulation or federal waterfowl reg, where waterfowl have to be in flight. I have personally not seen that regulation in any state I have hunting in.

Maybe others can chime in and help clarify. my best, Paul

From: Duke
08-Jan-18
Awesome, as always, Paul. Your dialogue throughout is what really steps your threads up!! Good stuff.

From: KsRancher
08-Jan-18
Wow. I had not a clue. Lived here my whole life and thought that duck and geese had to be in flight. Granted, I don't hunt them but I do hunt doves. I just read the regs and doves have to be in flight. (Only migratory doves). I did not see anything regarding geese and flight. Sorry for getting your thread off track.

From: Paul@thefort
08-Jan-18
Not off track at all. Thanks for the reply and clarification. In my particular situation with a bow in hand, I treat them like a do turkeys. Recently, I have checked YouTube and seen quite a few bow hunters now hunting geese the same way.

I do believe historically, and because of past market hunting practices using canons and large bored shotguns, the practice of shooting waterfowl off the water and ground was looked upon as being not good for the sport or the populations.

From: Ron Niziolek
09-Jan-18
Enjoying the exploits of you and Chase!

From: Iowa_Archer
09-Jan-18
Love this thread! Keep it up!

From: Spyder 34
09-Jan-18
I know here in Md you cannot shoot waterfowl while sitting on the water. Like you said Paul all do to the Market Hunters of the old days.

From: Paul@thefort
10-Jan-18

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before i hit the goose field I checked out the local goose pond up the road. Only a few geese
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before i hit the goose field I checked out the local goose pond up the road. Only a few geese
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this is what the pond looks like usually with colder temps. Different this year for sure.
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this is what the pond looks like usually with colder temps. Different this year for sure.
Hunt # 9, Wed, Jan 10th 36 degrees this morning. Calm NW winds.

From: Paul@thefort
10-Jan-18

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so Chase and I head back to the property, set out the decoys and get ready for the morning hunt. Very over cast and still.
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so Chase and I head back to the property, set out the decoys and get ready for the morning hunt. Very over cast and still.
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inside looking out. Not a lot happening
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inside looking out. Not a lot happening
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I am ready dad! bring on the geese!!
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I am ready dad! bring on the geese!!
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first geese of the morning , high flyers
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first geese of the morning , high flyers

From: Paul@thefort
10-Jan-18

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later a few more
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later a few more
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I thought this group might be interested
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I thought this group might be interested
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but they headed off in a different direction
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but they headed off in a different direction
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gone, Slooooooooooooooow morning
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gone, Slooooooooooooooow morning

From: Paul@thefort
10-Jan-18

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the only birds I shot this morning was this robin
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the only birds I shot this morning was this robin
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and this Cedar Waxwing
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and this Cedar Waxwing

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10-Jan-18

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at least Chase got to retrieve something. the end
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at least Chase got to retrieve something. the end

From: 3arrows
10-Jan-18
Chase is one lucky dog.

From: Paul@thefort
17-Jan-18
Minus 3 degrees yesterday morning and warmed up this morning to 9 above. Warmer days ahead. Lots of geese headed south towards Denver. Will wait until some come back to hunt the Yard Hoppers again. Maybe by Friday. The season is open until mid Feb. Chase has not had a "treat" for a few days so he is ready for that.

Speaking of warmer temps. I was walking the ocean beach near San Diego last Sunday, in shorts and bare footed in mid 70s temp. Hard to keep my eyes off of the "scenery" if you know what I mean. :). Hey, I can still look, can't I?

From: Ambush
17-Jan-18
Paul, thanks for helping "Chase" our winter doldrums away! These threads are just plain old entertaining and you are ( or should be ) an inspiration to the rest of us off-season couch warmers. I may just grab some flu-flu's and go look for some white furred four legged Hoppers.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
17-Jan-18
There ain't nothing wrong with looking Paul! Good luck Friday. Been in a deep freeze here in Iowa the past few days but supposed to hit 20's today and 40's tomorrow and Friday...will feel like T shirt weather!

From: TD
17-Jan-18
Nothing wrong with looking for sure. Just remember..... Chase is the dawg..... =D

From: tobywon
17-Jan-18
Paul....break that Oregon out of retirement!!! Joking of course, great thread!!! Congrats to you and Chase.

From: Paul@thefort
17-Jan-18

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10 below zero that morning when the chase began, hard to keep warm
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10 below zero that morning when the chase began, hard to keep warm
tobywon, I donated that Oregon compound bow, case, arrows, release to the CBA banquet a few years ago. One of the arrows even had blood on it from the bear I killed, the last species I needed for the Colorado Big Eight. It was a youth drawing and a 14 year old boy won it. Lots of great memories hunting with that bow. The story I wrote, for the CBA newsletter/magazine (titled, Deschutes (model of bow), Me, And The Big Eight) was included in the case. She was a great bow. As we know the Oregon Bow Co went out of business when the owner and his son crashed their airplane while scouting for elk. Picture of bow and then the last species for the Big Eight.

From: Paul@thefort
17-Jan-18
To add to the above story, I had retired Deschutes two years before and purchased a Martin compound but I just had to kill all eight species with Deschutes, so out of retirement she came. It made for a good story, her by my side through thick and thin while bow hunting for those eleven years.

From: tobywon
17-Jan-18
Well done Paul and great photos!!! It was a great bow, I shot the Deschutes as well (in Trebark). Yes, very sad and unfortunate the way they went out of business.

From: drycreek
17-Jan-18
Thanks Paul. As always, great thread.

From: Paul@thefort
18-Jan-18

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Hunt 10, cool this morning but warmed up to 35 degrees by 10 am
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Hunt 10, cool this morning but warmed up to 35 degrees by 10 am
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Ready by 7:30
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Ready by 7:30
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First flight but too far for any action.
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First flight but too far for any action.
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later these three showed some interest
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later these three showed some interest
Hunt 10, January 18

From: Paul@thefort
18-Jan-18

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they turned
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they turned
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Closer, but then flew on to greener pastures
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Closer, but then flew on to greener pastures
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This Bald head Eagle was looking for a handout.
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This Bald head Eagle was looking for a handout.
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and the Red Wing Black Birds are coming back. Spring a few months away. Turkeys??? The end of this day.
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and the Red Wing Black Birds are coming back. Spring a few months away. Turkeys??? The end of this day.

From: Brotsky
18-Jan-18
Best of luck next time Paul! How late does your season go? Ours runs to mid-February.

From: Paul@thefort
18-Jan-18
Same here. Goose numbers are down at my end of "town". But I will still get out a few more times.

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