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YARD HOPPER, hunt 9 :) :)
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Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
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Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
RK 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Heat 15-Jan-20
wkochevar 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
njbuck 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Supernaut 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Supernaut 15-Jan-20
drycreek 15-Jan-20
buzz mc 15-Jan-20
Inshart 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
JTreeman 15-Jan-20
Bowboy 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Bow Bullet 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
Dirk Diggler 15-Jan-20
Chief 419 15-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 15-Jan-20
midwest 16-Jan-20
Drahthaar 16-Jan-20
Paul@thefort 16-Jan-20
From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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After two days rest, yesterday, I was excited to see many yard hoppers in the area.
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After two days rest, yesterday, I was excited to see many yard hoppers in the area.
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From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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as I drove in this morning, I see these mule deer bucks next door grazing

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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I set up at the pond blind, changing it up from where I hunted the other day.
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I set up at the pond blind, changing it up from where I hunted the other day.
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trying out a motion duck decoy for the first time goose hunting
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trying out a motion duck decoy for the first time goose hunting
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From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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8:05 am, I did not get a chance to turn on the duck motion, as these geese showed up and were over us before we knew it. I quickly called and then Chase and I both dove into the blind un seen.
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8:05 am, I did not get a chance to turn on the duck motion, as these geese showed up and were over us before we knew it. I quickly called and then Chase and I both dove into the blind un seen.
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35 yards away and on the ground.
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35 yards away and on the ground.
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Arrow on its way, WACK and down. The flock did not leave. Time for another shot. WACK, Two geese down. A good start of the hunt. Chase is out to retrieve.
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Arrow on its way, WACK and down. The flock did not leave. Time for another shot. WACK, Two geese down. A good start of the hunt. Chase is out to retrieve.
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and back to the blind with the goose, Good boy! WE are having fun now!
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and back to the blind with the goose, Good boy! WE are having fun now!

From: RK
15-Jan-20
LMAO. GREAT STUFF PAUL AND CHASE

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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15 minutes later, geese in the air
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15 minutes later, geese in the air
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I call, they turn, coming in hot and committed.
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I call, they turn, coming in hot and committed.
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Legs down and landing in bow range
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Legs down and landing in bow range
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From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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38 yards, should be a slam dunk and number three
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38 yards, should be a slam dunk and number three
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just as I was about to release, the goose stands up, only a wing feather. Close but no prize.
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just as I was about to release, the goose stands up, only a wing feather. Close but no prize.

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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One goose
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One goose
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two geese
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two geese
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Chase get his treats for a job well done
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Chase get his treats for a job well done

From: Heat
15-Jan-20
Very nice Paul! Way to go!

From: wkochevar
15-Jan-20
Nice hunt! For the record, I have never had much success decoying geese with a spinning wing decoy...they tend to flare off of them and we usually end up taking them down. I'll be interested to see what your results are if you get them on.... Kip

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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the second goose I line up Chase for the retrieve
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the second goose I line up Chase for the retrieve
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driving off the property, this buck bedded next door. He said, " Paul I have seen you shoot, glad it is not deer season." Maybe another story. Paul
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driving off the property, this buck bedded next door. He said, " Paul I have seen you shoot, glad it is not deer season." Maybe another story. Paul

From: njbuck
15-Jan-20
a great morning! Have you tried any afternoons?

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
William, THis is the first time I have tried the motion duck for these geese. but I have tried a goose flag on a long pole with some success. I have killed nearly 80 geese off this property without the motion. The duck was off when the first flock came in, but was on when the second flock landed and was spinning when I shot. Not sure if I will use it again but maybe if the urge arises. I have watched a lots of geese on the ground and there is not a lot of motion, , but slow motion. Being/hunting where the geese want to go is the key.

NJbuck, NO I have not, I let the property rest in the PM. Thanks for the questions. my best, Paul , oh, and Chase

From: Supernaut
15-Jan-20
Great job on the geese and excellent photos sir, thanks for sharing them!

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
Jim, you should see me scrambling around inside the blind with camera in hand, trying to get the photos. Now I have to go and clean them. I Just breast them out as not too bad. Paul

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
Jim, you should see me scrambling around inside the blind with camera in hand, trying to get the photos. Now I have to go and clean them. I Just breast them out as not too bad. Paul

From: Supernaut
15-Jan-20
Paul, I could imagine it is a tough task trying to get pics without spooking the geese and manage to get a shot off as well. Those adversities make your photos even more impressive, outstanding all the way around! Chase looks like a heck of a good dog as well!

From: drycreek
15-Jan-20
Making up for lost time Paul. You and Chase got it going on !

From: buzz mc
15-Jan-20
Good story and pics Paul.

From: Inshart
15-Jan-20
Very nice Paul & Chase. Two thumbs up.

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
drycreek, but for FUN TIME surely . I just breasted out the geese and the second one I shot almost got away, except the arrow sliced its neck almost in half. Surely a game of inches sometimes.

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20

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JTV, same one I have been using for most if not all for turkeys and geese I have killed, and that is nearly 50 turkeys and 80 geese. NAP Shockforce expandable. I would buy them on sale at Walmart for $19 for three, but they do not carry them now. But with a little straightening of the blades if needed and resharpening the tip, ready to go again. Tough head. Most Expandable heads will work if solid enough. Paul

From: JTreeman
15-Jan-20
Good day in the blind for sure. Thanks for sharing again.

—Jim

From: Bowboy
15-Jan-20
Congrats Paul on another successful hunt.

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
Hey Craig, how does your meat grinder work on goose meat??????? NAAH, I will just make jerky and bake a breast or two. Paul

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
Yea, geese are thin skinned but with heave wing bones and wing feathers. If you break a wing, they are done for which happens about half of the time.

From: Bow Bullet
15-Jan-20
Way to go Paul and Chase! Keep those smileys in your thread titles coming!! :D

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
Brad, you noticed the :) in the title. Something new this season. Hope there are a few more in the near future. Will take a day or two off from the goose hunt. I have to get back to the gym. my best, Paul

From: Dirk Diggler
15-Jan-20
I spent time with a group for 10yrs or so killing 3-500/yr. What we've found is the ducks respond to the lucky ducks, the geese not so much. Looks like a helluva day Paul!

From: Chief 419
15-Jan-20
I look forward to the Yard Hopper report every year. Following along and pulling for both of you. Great pics and story telling!

From: Paul@thefort
15-Jan-20
Randy, do you have any goose or duck hunting down there? I know you have gaters .

From: midwest
16-Jan-20
Good stuff Paul and Chase!

From: Drahthaar
16-Jan-20
Great hunt. Forrest

From: Paul@thefort
16-Jan-20
Chief, the season started a little slow with no opportunities during the first few hunt. The big reason was that early big snow storm and the cold temp, pushed the geese out of the area. It now seems some have returned thus the success of the last three hunts.

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