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Paul@thefort 12-Jan-20
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JTreeman 12-Jan-20
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RK 12-Jan-20
Bowboy 12-Jan-20
Heat 12-Jan-20
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Paul@thefort 12-Jan-20
fastflight 12-Jan-20
badbull 12-Jan-20
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Beav 12-Jan-20
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BigStriper 12-Jan-20
Marty 13-Jan-20
SBH 13-Jan-20
Inshart 13-Jan-20
ScumFrog 13-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 13-Jan-20
The last savage 14-Jan-20
Shuteye 14-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 14-Jan-20
buzz mc 14-Jan-20
elkmtngear 14-Jan-20
Surfbow 14-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 14-Jan-20
bowhunter24 15-Jan-20
JTreeman 15-Jan-20
goelk 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Wayniac 15-Jan-20
SBH 15-Jan-20
Surfbow 15-Jan-20
From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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Sunday, January 12, goose hunt 8. Temp, 22 degrees, warming to 35, light winds and clear. I hunted out of the house blind this AM; good to change it up so the geese will not get use to the decoys being in the same location. If nothing else, the scenery is great.

From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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8:15 I hear and then see two geese coming in from the left and behind the pine trees next to the blind. They land
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8:15 I hear and then see two geese coming in from the left and behind the pine trees next to the blind. They land
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I know there is a second goose so I lean over in the blind, and there it is at 36 yards. I adjust my single pin sight and get ready to send an arrow when I see more geese to the left, and closer.
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I know there is a second goose so I lean over in the blind, and there it is at 36 yards. I adjust my single pin sight and get ready to send an arrow when I see more geese to the left, and closer.
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and the closest one is 31 yards.== an arrow on its way. WACK
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and the closest one is 31 yards.== an arrow on its way. WACK

From: JTreeman
12-Jan-20
I’m ready!

—Jim

From: drycreek
12-Jan-20
Cleaning geeses ?

From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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and to hand. Good dog
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and to hand. Good dog
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to added to Chase's training I plant the goose 100 yards and send him off.
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to added to Chase's training I plant the goose 100 yards and send him off.
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The total flock is airborne including the WACKED one but it is hanging a leg. They head out of the pasture and over the trees to the east. The Wacked one is loosing elevation and I know it went down in a large field 300 yards away. I grab Chase out of the truck and off we go in search. Chase finds it dead.

From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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goose number 3 this season
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goose number 3 this season

From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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More action at 9:45, COMING IN AND COMMITTED
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More action at 9:45, COMING IN AND COMMITTED
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ON THE GROUND
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ON THE GROUND
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I picked this one at 43 yards, adjust sight, arrow on its way.
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I picked this one at 43 yards, adjust sight, arrow on its way.
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Wack, but down but not out!
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Wack, but down but not out!

From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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Chase is sent but he has never encountered a goose that is willing to fight back.
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Chase is sent but he has never encountered a goose that is willing to fight back.
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Chase circles trying to get in close.
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Chase circles trying to get in close.
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but finely gets in close and grabs the goose.
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but finely gets in close and grabs the goose.
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From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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and back to the blind with his prize
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and back to the blind with his prize
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Well, there you go, another fun day in the field. Thanks for following along. my best, Paul
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Well, there you go, another fun day in the field. Thanks for following along. my best, Paul

From: JTreeman
12-Jan-20
The ball is rolling downhill now!

—Jim

From: spike78
12-Jan-20
Ha awesome pics of Chase there Paul!

From: Supernaut
12-Jan-20
Just awesome! Great pics of the hunt, especially the action shots of Chase and the wounded goose. Thanks for sharing and congrats oon the success sir!

From: JTV
12-Jan-20
WOW ... Good Chase ... Good Paul ... time for treats !!

From: Russell
12-Jan-20
Chase, you're my hero! Paul, you come in a close second. Good shooting too.

From: jingalls
12-Jan-20
Gotta love that dog! Makes th shooter look good!-)

From: RK
12-Jan-20
Good job !! Very entertaining!!

From: Bowboy
12-Jan-20
Dang Paul you broke the ice yesterday and the birds are hitting the ground. Chase looks very happy!

From: Heat
12-Jan-20
Nice job!

12-Jan-20
Great job glad things are coming together!

From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20

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Got to keep you guys entertained. Here is a picture of the second group of geese landing that was left off the series of the second goose killed Always trying to get a shot of them landing with wings out and feet down. Paul

From: fastflight
12-Jan-20
Really cool..congrats and thanks for taking the effort to share your hunts

From: badbull
12-Jan-20
I was wondering how a hit goose gets handled by a dog like Chase. Now I know and very impressed. Good job guys!

From: Paul@thefort
12-Jan-20
badbull, I weighted the largest goose today and it weighted 10.8 pounds. Quite a mouth full for any dog.

The geese, especially on the ground, seem to give up more easy. If a broken wing, they really can not get away from the dog or even a human. I have had to chase down a couple. When compared to a wounded turkey, if wounded, there is a good chance you may never find a turkey. I have lost a couple of turkeys but never had a dog along to track them. This goose today was the first that gave Chase a real challenge and stood its ground. It is so rewarding to see Chase, as he was meant to be, a retriever/tracker, and good at it. Fun stuff for sure.

I will take a few days off from the goose hunting. Thanks for the nice comments and for following along. my best, Paul

From: Beav
12-Jan-20
Great day Paul!

From: Chief 419
12-Jan-20
Its all coming together now. Congrats Chase & Paul. Teamwork.

From: BigStriper
12-Jan-20
Way to go Paul. We all enjoy the show you and Chase put on. Congratulations and keep after em. Kurt

From: Marty
13-Jan-20
Well done, Chase and Paul!!

From: SBH
13-Jan-20
Good job Paul. Way to keep your shooting on par!

From: Inshart
13-Jan-20
This thread always makes me smile - love it! The more pics, the better.

From: ScumFrog
13-Jan-20
Nice dog!

From: Paul@thefort
13-Jan-20
sBH, you would believe that a guy that can hit a goose at 30,40,50 yard, would never miss a deer, pronghorn, etc. I guess, not so. Go figure! Paul

14-Jan-20
Way to go paul &chase !!!

From: Shuteye
14-Jan-20
I'm impressed with you and Chase. Looks like a lot of fun and your scenery beats the heck out of anything in my neighborhood.

From: Paul@thefort
14-Jan-20
Shuteye and Last savage, Great thing about using the bow and arrow for goose hunting, you do not have to worry about biting down on a steel pellet.

From: buzz mc
14-Jan-20
Great story Paul. I'm going to have to go back and get caught up on the first 7 hunts.

From: elkmtngear
14-Jan-20
Great Day, Paul... Congrats!

From: Surfbow
14-Jan-20
Great stuff Paul! I gotta find a place to do this...

Just out of curiosity, why don't you use the decapitator-style turkey broadheads for geese?

From: Paul@thefort
14-Jan-20

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40 yard shot.
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40 yard shot.
Surfbow, Good question. I am not a fan of the decapitator bh for turkeys or geese. While I have been able to decoy turkeys to within 10-20 yards where the decapitator head style is most effective, most of my shots at geese are beyond 20 yards and like the last two goose kills, 30-40 yards. I am just a body shot placement,type of bow hunter. Many of the geese I kill with a Mech bH are crippled with a broken wing which prevents them from going far and to then be run down by the dog.

The other reason is that I do not want to "duck tape" the heads back on for a photo opportunity. my best, Paul

From: bowhunter24
15-Jan-20
That's funny Paul!!!!!

From: JTreeman
15-Jan-20
Or “goose tape” as the case May be. ;)

—Jim

From: goelk
15-Jan-20
Nice job Paul

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
Now Jim, that was a good catch, ie, goose tape. There were a lot of geese around yesterday on the adjacent properties, so this morning, ie, Wed. I am heading out in an hour. Might be an historic day in the field but then, one never knows. Look out for hunt 9 coming up today. Gotta go. Paul

From: Wayniac
15-Jan-20
Great work! Congrats!

From: SBH
15-Jan-20
I hear ya Paul! Aim small miss small I guess. I shoot gophers with my long bow at my jobsites. Put a 6 point bull elk in front of me and I can shoot over his back at 10 yards!

From: Surfbow
15-Jan-20
Gotcha on the broadheads, I've never really hunted turkeys so I know nothing about them, but I understand about the longer shot distance need for geese in the field.

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