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Hopper hunt 6 and 7, LAST HUNT
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Paul@thefort 23-Dec-18
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HUNT MAN 23-Dec-18
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Fauntleroy 23-Dec-18
stick n string 23-Dec-18
buzz mc 24-Dec-18
INbowdude 24-Dec-18
BOWNBIRDHNTR 24-Dec-18
Paul@thefort 24-Dec-18
Iowa_Archer 24-Dec-18
Trophy8 24-Dec-18
Southern draw 24-Dec-18
Z Barebow 24-Dec-18
Beav 24-Dec-18
midwest 26-Dec-18
BULELK1 26-Dec-18
Paul@thefort 26-Dec-18
Beav 26-Dec-18
Brotsky 26-Dec-18
Marty 26-Dec-18
stick n string 26-Dec-18
Paul@thefort 26-Dec-18
buckfevered 26-Dec-18
TD 26-Dec-18
Stoneman 26-Dec-18
From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18
OK guys and "follow- a- longers, I just finished the last hunt of the year this Sunday morning and two days before Christmas. And depending how well and how fast I do in AZ on the Coues deer archery hunt, this might be the last goose hunt for the season.

Ya, ya I know but a guy needs some variety in life, you know spice, lots of spice. So here we go detailing the last two days goose hunts with bow and arrow in hand. Yea, Chase was there too!

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18
Saturday morning, Dec. 22. TEMP 28 DEGREES, AND LIGHT WINDS. Usually the geese starting flying around 7:45 to 8 am but his morning they flew at 7:15 and were finished by 8:10am. GO FIGURE. No geese landed within 1/2 mile of me it seemed, and I was home by 9am.

The day before I had killed # 59 and I had high hopes # 60 would be in range and offer a good shot. Did not happen. End of story. but wait...................................

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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Sunday morning, Dec 23. Temp 15 degrees , light winds from the NW.

What a difference a day makes! Sound like the words from a song.

Since the geese flew early the day before I was set up by 7:10 just prior to sun up.

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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the full moon was heading down and the sun was coming up
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the full moon was heading down and the sun was coming up
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a few geese started flying early but more to come much latter around 9 am
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a few geese started flying early but more to come much latter around 9 am
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at 9:10 these 8 geese hit the field at 35 yards away. I waited for a few to stand up for a better target.
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at 9:10 these 8 geese hit the field at 35 yards away. I waited for a few to stand up for a better target.
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picked out the closest one at 34 yards. set the single pin sight, drew, release, arrow on its way.
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picked out the closest one at 34 yards. set the single pin sight, drew, release, arrow on its way.

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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Wack! don't you just love that sound? Goose # 60
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Wack! don't you just love that sound? Goose # 60
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7 geese leaving the field, less one
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7 geese leaving the field, less one

From: fastflight
23-Dec-18
This is so cool. Nice wirk.sixty geese is amazing. Thanks for keeping us entertained..good luck in Az.

From: BigOk
23-Dec-18
Congrats, good luck in AZ!!

From: Ambush
23-Dec-18
Paul, big congrats on SMOKING #60!! Thanks for the entertainment for us seasonally sidelined sportsmen.

I'd wish you luck on the Coues hunt, but obviously luck has nothing to do with your successes.

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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eager for the retrieve as he races past
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eager for the retrieve as he races past
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and out towards the fallen goose 100 yards away.
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and out towards the fallen goose 100 yards away.
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that might mean a treat
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that might mean a treat
BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE TO COME! Sense the arrow stayed in the goose, I did not send Chase out for the retrieve but pulled the arrow and reset the goose out in the field so he could still retrieve it.

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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GOOD BOY!
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GOOD BOY!

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18
IT AIN'T OVER UNTIL THE FAT LADY SINGS. MORE TO COME

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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I do not know if some of you guys have ever hunted geese. It seems that they can be predictable when they show up and sometime, not. Today was one of those days as in the past, the hunt was usually over by 9:30. Did I say USUALLY!

So at 10 am I am out side of the blind and starting to gather up my hunting equipment from inside of the blind. my bow, my seat, my backpack is out side and I was just about to gather up the decoys when HERE THEY COME RIGHT OVER THE BARN.

I grab the bow and send Chase into the blind. I dive in behind him.

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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pass through
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pass through
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the other goose is standing behind a decoy. It steps out, I shoot and only get feathers. GO FIGURE. OH, well, # 61 down
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the other goose is standing behind a decoy. It steps out, I shoot and only get feathers. GO FIGURE. OH, well, # 61 down
These two break out of the flock and land just 15 yards from the blind. No time to take a picture and Chase is whining his head off. I shoot the one at 15 yards with a pass through arrow

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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I line Chase up for an easy retrieve
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I line Chase up for an easy retrieve
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and back in a few moments
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and back in a few moments
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packing up
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packing up
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and about to head home
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and about to head home

From: Paul@thefort
23-Dec-18

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Heading home, I get within a block of my house and see these mule deer on the side of the road
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Heading home, I get within a block of my house and see these mule deer on the side of the road
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I pull up close and see this other buck within 5 yards of the truck. The buck states, "I hear you are heading for AZ to hunt deer" Yes, I said. The buck looks back over its shoulder, GOOD!
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I pull up close and see this other buck within 5 yards of the truck. The buck states, "I hear you are heading for AZ to hunt deer" Yes, I said. The buck looks back over its shoulder, GOOD!

From: HUNT MAN
23-Dec-18
Merry Christmas Paul. Have fun down south . Hunt

From: GLP
23-Dec-18
Great thread!

From: spike78
23-Dec-18
Great stuff Paul! Happy Holidays good luck in AZ.

From: JRABQ
23-Dec-18
Congrats on your goose hunting success, and thanks for taking us along! Good luck in AZ.

From: Fauntleroy
23-Dec-18
You do so good keeping Chase engaged while at all times looking out for his safety. Takes a patient man to pull that off. Hope you tag early for coues, we're not done watching these hunts.

23-Dec-18
Awesome goose season Paul. Thanks for taking us along and good luck in AZ!

From: buzz mc
24-Dec-18
Great hunt Paul. Congrats on 60+. Good luck on your coues hunt.

From: INbowdude
24-Dec-18
Great hunt as usual. Good luck in AZ.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
24-Dec-18

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As far as I know this one is still down there somewhere!
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As far as I know this one is still down there somewhere!
Merry Christmas Paul. Best of luck in Arizona.

From: Paul@thefort
24-Dec-18

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Jeff, I know where that rock outcropping is. Thanks. my best, Paul

From: Iowa_Archer
24-Dec-18
Awesome, thanks for posting!

From: Trophy8
24-Dec-18
Good stuff Paul, along with good shooting! Have a great Christmas!

24-Dec-18
Merry Christmas Paul And good luck in AZ.

From: Z Barebow
24-Dec-18
Thanks for sharing your goose hunt Paul!

Rosie O'Donnell eventually starts howling. Glad she stayed away for #61! Merry Christmas!

From: Beav
24-Dec-18
Good luck Paul and great job on the geese!

From: midwest
26-Dec-18
Awesome recaps, Paul. Hope you had a Merry Christmas and good luck in AZ!

From: BULELK1
26-Dec-18
Always enjoy this thread each year Paul

Thanks for sharing again with us

Travel safe and smart to Az and be safe

Good luck, Robb

From: Paul@thefort
26-Dec-18
Yep, packing up for AZ. (including the 9mm). Be leaving tomorrow O Dark 30. I am sure there will be a story in the near future. Thanks for the good wishes. my best, Paul

From: Beav
26-Dec-18
Good luck Paul!

From: Brotsky
26-Dec-18
Well done Paul! Enjoy your time in AZ, already looking forward to the follow-up story! Hope you had a Merry Christmas and have a happy new year chasing deer!

From: Marty
26-Dec-18
Great job on the geese again Paul, good luck and also looking forward to hearing about your hunt down south!

26-Dec-18
Safe travels Paul

From: Paul@thefort
26-Dec-18

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Thanks guys. Was going to leave tomorrow--all packed and ready to go , ie, Thursday, but major snow/road issues north of Albuquerque New Mex today, so I will leave Friday instead after I-25 has been cleared. The season starts Jan 1 so I will still have a few days prior to set up as I will be there by Sunday.

From: buckfevered
26-Dec-18
Drive safe and best of luck to you Paul.

From: TD
26-Dec-18
Great job Paul, thanks much for takin' us along. Look forward to this hunt every year.

Good luck in AZ and fare well....

From: Stoneman
26-Dec-18
Congrats on #61 Paul. Safe travels and good luck in Arizona.

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