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YARD HOPPER hunt 7 :)
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Paul@thefort 11-Jan-20
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JTreeman 11-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 11-Jan-20
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JTreeman 11-Jan-20
BigOk 11-Jan-20
RK 11-Jan-20
BigSkyHntr 11-Jan-20
Heat 11-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 11-Jan-20
JRABQ 11-Jan-20
Jaquomo 11-Jan-20
BigStriper 11-Jan-20
Inshart 11-Jan-20
INbowdude 11-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 11-Jan-20
goelk 11-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 11-Jan-20
Beav 11-Jan-20
Bowboy 11-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 11-Jan-20
Dirty D 11-Jan-20
Chief 419 12-Jan-20
From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20

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arriving on the goose pasture in the am. sun not up yet trail camera picture.
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arriving on the goose pasture in the am. sun not up yet trail camera picture.
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checking the trail camera, the geese were there the day before.
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checking the trail camera, the geese were there the day before.
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setting up the decoys
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setting up the decoys
I had not hunted geese for a few days as I was in Denver at the ISE show, working the Stopthewolf booth and then the CBA booth in the afternoon.

But I was eager to get out this morning and try again. The Full Moon was setting in the west when I arrived. Good, bad moon phase?? I just hunt whenever and let what happens, happen. Fifteen degrees and light winds, some frost on the ground. 8 am and ready to go.

11-Jan-20
GL!

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20

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Chase is always eager to help
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Chase is always eager to help
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this morning I set up at the pond blind
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this morning I set up at the pond blind
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I heard a few geese off and on between 8:30 and 9. but then around 9, this happened...................
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I heard a few geese off and on between 8:30 and 9. but then around 9, this happened...................
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this happened............... this flock reacted to the calling, circled twice, locked winds, but then flew away. So close I do believe this is the same flock that has avoided the deocoys before.
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this happened............... this flock reacted to the calling, circled twice, locked winds, but then flew away. So close I do believe this is the same flock that has avoided the deocoys before.

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20

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I went out and rearranged the decoys and opened up the spread some.
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I went out and rearranged the decoys and opened up the spread some.
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Fifteen minutes later, I hear close by geese and my calling brings them in
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Fifteen minutes later, I hear close by geese and my calling brings them in
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and they land right in front of the blind
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and they land right in front of the blind
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and I pick out one and send an arrow its way
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and I pick out one and send an arrow its way

From: JTreeman
11-Jan-20
Lucky number 7!!!! It’s gonna happen.

—Jim

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20

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good hit as the goose tumbles into a decoy
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good hit as the goose tumbles into a decoy
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Finely goose number 2 for the season
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Finely goose number 2 for the season

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20

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Finely goose number 2 for this season
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Finely goose number 2 for this season
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I was not sure the arrow was still in the goose so I want out to see and to take a picture a left Chase at the blind
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I was not sure the arrow was still in the goose so I want out to see and to take a picture a left Chase at the blind
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the arrow had passed though the goose but I planted the goose farther away for a longer retrieve.
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the arrow had passed though the goose but I planted the goose farther away for a longer retrieve.
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I heeled Chase, lined him up, and set him on his way. I know he had a smile on his face as I did.
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I heeled Chase, lined him up, and set him on his way. I know he had a smile on his face as I did.

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20

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Chase earned a treat. Watch those fingers!
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Chase earned a treat. Watch those fingers!

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20

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A few more geese were around but no encounters. At 10:30 I picked up but satisfied with the hunt.
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A few more geese were around but no encounters. At 10:30 I picked up but satisfied with the hunt.
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piled the decoys behind the blind and then covered
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piled the decoys behind the blind and then covered
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and then headed home. A nice day, HELL, a great day in the field with man's best friend and bow in hand.
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and then headed home. A nice day, HELL, a great day in the field with man's best friend and bow in hand.
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when I drove off the property and down the highway, this flock was down the road, next door, minus one Yard Hopper for sure.
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when I drove off the property and down the highway, this flock was down the road, next door, minus one Yard Hopper for sure.

From: JTreeman
11-Jan-20
Nice job Paul, glad you brought the camera crew with you this morning too!

—Jim

From: BigOk
11-Jan-20
Congrats

From: RK
11-Jan-20
Lots of fun there for sure Paul. For you and Chase!!

From: BigSkyHntr
11-Jan-20
Good job! Congrats

From: Heat
11-Jan-20
Way to go Paul! I am sure Chase is proud of you too.

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20
Hey JT , not sure how many use a trail camera for goose hunting, but it worked and yes, add a few more pictures. I have had a fox, racoon, deer and squirrels on that camera. and now geese. I know there is a bobcat in the area.

From: JRABQ
11-Jan-20
Way to go!

From: Jaquomo
11-Jan-20
Way to go, Paul!

From: BigStriper
11-Jan-20
Congratulations Paul,we knew you could do it if you had the chance. I'm sure everybody else enjoy's your hunt's as well as I do. Besides Chase was probably getting a little rusty, nice to keep him in shape. LOL.

Kurt

From: Inshart
11-Jan-20
Paul, I see by the "time stamp" on the trail camera that they were there at 4:25 PM, have you tried afternoon/evening hunts? Keep em coming, very enjoyable to come along with you on these hunts.

From: INbowdude
11-Jan-20
Atta boy!

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20
INshaft, I have considered a PM hunt but think if they have a chance to visit the pasture without being challenged and without any decoys there, they will be less spooked and then in the am, more willing to commit. Three or four times I have returned in the pm just by driving up the driveway and have seen a few in the surrounding area and yards. But I just leave them alone for the next AM. my best, Paul

From: goelk
11-Jan-20
Great job. Nice neighbor that let's you hunt.

11-Jan-20
Congratulations!

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20
Yea, like any hunting, sometime it just take TIME ! Nice I am only 5 minutes from home. Paul

From: Beav
11-Jan-20
Great job Paul! Thanks for sharing and keep stacking them.

From: Bowboy
11-Jan-20
Congrats Paul! Another goose for the pot.

From: Paul@thefort
11-Jan-20
Speaking of a goose for the pot. See my new thread on this conference, titled.

Yard Hopper special report

From: Dirty D
11-Jan-20
Good stuff Paul!

From: Chief 419
12-Jan-20
Congrats Paul & Chase.Teamwork!

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