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Yard Hopper 17, final hunt :)
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Contributors to this thread:
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
midwest 16-Feb-20
Drahthaar 16-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
elkmtngear 16-Feb-20
Overland 16-Feb-20
JTreeman 16-Feb-20
Bowboy 16-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
Bowboy 16-Feb-20
Heat 16-Feb-20
BigStriper 16-Feb-20
drycreek 16-Feb-20
Fields 16-Feb-20
INbowdude 16-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 16-Feb-20
Supernaut 17-Feb-20
Wayniac 17-Feb-20
JB 17-Feb-20
sticksender 17-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 17-Feb-20
Iowa_Archer 17-Feb-20
badbull 17-Feb-20
Drahthaar 17-Feb-20
Marty 17-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 17-Feb-20
Beav 17-Feb-20
Bugle up 17-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 18-Feb-20
bowhunter24 18-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 18-Feb-20
t-roy 18-Feb-20
Chief 419 19-Feb-20
SlipShot 19-Feb-20
Brotsky 19-Feb-20
Paul@thefort 28-Feb-20
bowhunter24 01-Mar-20
BULELK1 02-Mar-20
From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20

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I looked at the February Calendar last night and saw that Feb. 16, Sunday, was the last day of the Colorado Dark goose season. I had a great season hunting geese with the bow and I thought I would hang it up for the year and go ice fishing. Well I did go ice fishing (successful) for trout last Friday so now I am just setting at home getting more of CABIN FEVER.

One might believe that to get rid of a fever, one needs rest, chicken noodle soup and a couple of aspens.

NOT SO HERE! I AM GOING GOOSE HUNTING AGAIN this sunday morning so, damn the rest and the chicken soup!

From: midwest
16-Feb-20
Gettem' Paul!

From: Drahthaar
16-Feb-20
Good choice. Forrest

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20

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So I thought I would hunt naked this morning. No, no, no, not that naked, I mean without the tent blind and just wearing the Gilly suit like I did while turkey hunting .

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20

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so I headed down near the pond blind area and set up 6 goose decoys in the snow. The geese like to fed around these trees and brush. Hunt where the geese want to go.
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so I headed down near the pond blind area and set up 6 goose decoys in the snow. The geese like to fed around these trees and brush. Hunt where the geese want to go.
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geese were flying over as usual but it was not until 7:45 this single goose landed to the right of the decoys. It started to walk away to 30 yards.
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geese were flying over as usual but it was not until 7:45 this single goose landed to the right of the decoys. It started to walk away to 30 yards.
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I had to shift over to my left, arrow on its way. WACK!
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I had to shift over to my left, arrow on its way. WACK!
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HIT
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HIT

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20

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a good indication of a good hit
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a good indication of a good hit
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a better indicator
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a better indicator
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a half hour later, this flock landed on the frozen pond behind me. No chance for a shot. As I did not want them to decoy other geese I chased them away.
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a half hour later, this flock landed on the frozen pond behind me. No chance for a shot. As I did not want them to decoy other geese I chased them away.
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so there you go, hunting NAKED for geese with bow in hand But wait, the story is not over yet!
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so there you go, hunting NAKED for geese with bow in hand But wait, the story is not over yet!

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20

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So at 9:30 I cross over the field to plant the goose for Chase to retrieve. On the way back and only 50 yards from the blind area, this single lands near the decoys.
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So at 9:30 I cross over the field to plant the goose for Chase to retrieve. On the way back and only 50 yards from the blind area, this single lands near the decoys.
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this goose is curious and walks towards me
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this goose is curious and walks towards me
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and to within 20 yards.--- shooting only with the camera.
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and to within 20 yards.--- shooting only with the camera.
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and then veers off and heads to the decoys
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and then veers off and heads to the decoys

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20

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and walks past. I slowly get up and move to the trees where my bow is, the goose does not fly but continues to walk out to 32 yards. Bow in hand, shoot---MISS
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and walks past. I slowly get up and move to the trees where my bow is, the goose does not fly but continues to walk out to 32 yards. Bow in hand, shoot---MISS
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So now it is Chase's turn as he was in the truck. Planted blind retrieve, out and back with gusto.
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So now it is Chase's turn as he was in the truck. Planted blind retrieve, out and back with gusto.
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Oh, by the way, it was Chase's 11th birthday yesterday on Valentines Day. Yep, he is our sweetheart. Now! the end of the story and also the goose season. my best, Paul
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Oh, by the way, it was Chase's 11th birthday yesterday on Valentines Day. Yep, he is our sweetheart. Now! the end of the story and also the goose season. my best, Paul

From: elkmtngear
16-Feb-20
Great Season for you, Paul, Congrats!

Next Year: Naked, with the Stickbow??

From: Overland
16-Feb-20
The number of geese you manage to kill with a bow is truly impressive. You do better with the bow than most guys do with a gun. Always fun to follow your hunts.

From: JTreeman
16-Feb-20
Way to finish it out Paul!

Time to start thinking about those other big birds now.

—Jim

From: Bowboy
16-Feb-20
Congrats Paul! You and Chase a great season. No dog treat picture?

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20
Craig, he got a double helping of dog food when we got home. Does that count as treats? Chase thought so as he gulped it down. paul

From: Bowboy
16-Feb-20
Yep, good for him. Just want to make sure he got something Chase looks malnourished:)

From: Heat
16-Feb-20
Good Boy Chase! You did OK too Paul I suppose. Seriously though these hunts are great, thanks for sharing! I truly look forward to seeing you two get after it again next season.

From: BigStriper
16-Feb-20
Paul you and Chase had a very good season, we'll be watching for the next season even tho it's aways down the road. Congrats. BTW how many Geese did you end the season with.

Kurt

From: drycreek
16-Feb-20
At times like these, I wish we had a “thumbs up” emoji ! Great ending to a great season Paul !

From: Fields
16-Feb-20
Man, you make this look easy.... LOL Do you think hunting them with a bow keeps them in the area... or do you just have a great spot and they show up there no matter what???? No shotgun blasts going off, therefore they feel safe there... You definitely have them figured out... Thanks for posting your hunts, I follow them all..

From: INbowdude
16-Feb-20
Atta boy!

From: Paul@thefort
16-Feb-20
Kurt, we ended up with 17 geese this season; the best season so far during 9 years of hunting them in this pasture.

Fields, yea a good spot with pond, and with a big adjacent 60 acre,field that is undeveloped. And no gunning is allowed in the area because of the proximity to houses. I have seen wt deer, mule deer, fox, bobcat, coyote, birds of prey on this property. The big lake across the State hwy, holds and raises geese so they feel comfortable in the area for sure. These are not the migratory geese from the far north, but local geese, ie, the name , Yard Hoppers.

From: Supernaut
17-Feb-20
Great season Paul! Thanks again for taking us all along on your hunts, it's been a pleasure. Your story telling and pictures are top notch. Happy belated birthday to your buddy Chase!

From: Wayniac
17-Feb-20
Congrats on a great season. Thanks for sharing!

From: JB
17-Feb-20
Great job! You 2 know how to get it done!!

From: sticksender
17-Feb-20
Nice....those ghillie suits are pretty effective. Congrats on a great season!

From: Paul@thefort
17-Feb-20

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I just did the math. Seventeen hunts this season== 17 dead geese. Thanks all for following along over the years as it has been a joy to bring the hunts to you, as it is a unique hunt for sure.

I doubt that there is another area that I could find to have similar results. This area just has the right ingredients for success with the bow in hand.

Turkey season in Nebraska is coming up shorty. I am sure there will be another story to share. my best, Paul

17-Feb-20
It's been a joy to read Paul! Continued best wishes.

From: Iowa_Archer
17-Feb-20
Thanks again for sharing all of these adventures, it is great reading! Congrats on another successful season!

From: badbull
17-Feb-20
Paul, I like the honest way that you tell a story and the way you include Chase. Congrats, I will be waiting to tune in next year........Bob

From: Drahthaar
17-Feb-20
Great ending, happy birthday Chase. Forrest

From: Marty
17-Feb-20
Well done again Paul! I enjoy following along on all your trips.

From: Paul@thefort
17-Feb-20
Badbull, Chase is truly the star of the show. :) and including him is a no brainer. Dogs just add something special to our lives and ask nothing in return. OH wait, TREATS! my best, Paul

From: Beav
17-Feb-20
Congrats on a great season Paul!

From: Bugle up
17-Feb-20
Interesting way to hunt geese, for sure!

From: Paul@thefort
18-Feb-20
Beav, I remember 10 years ago, you and your son bow shot a few geese over a pond. Good times with father and son. Paul

From: bowhunter24
18-Feb-20
Paul you are also do a good thing (besides entertaining us) with getting rid of some of the resident geese. With little predation they get to where they think they own the yard, road and do nasty business everywhere. I think you should get some kind of reward for your hard work (not just Chase). Send me your address and I will send you a bag of Dot's!

From: Paul@thefort
18-Feb-20

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Yep, here they come again
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Yep, here they come again
John, as much as I would like to think I am putting a DENT in the local goose population, I realize I am not even scratching the surface. When I am hiking along the local canals in early summer, I see more Yard hoppers and the mating pairs have anywhere from 4 to 10 goslings. Yep, hardly a dent. Sometimes after hunting this property for a few years and I do not kill one for the first few time trying the next season, like this season, I start to think the have me all figured out. But then, the next hunt and the next, here they come again, and I kill 17 like this year. Yep, not even a dent. Paul

From: t-roy
18-Feb-20
Congrats on yet another great goose season, Paul. And tell Chase “Happy Birthday”!!!

From: Chief 419
19-Feb-20
Paul, Thanks for posting these hunts every year. Always enjoy your story telling and pictures. One of the best threads on Bowsite every year. Between your elk and goose hunts, seems like you had a great season.

From: SlipShot
19-Feb-20
Paul, Thanks for sharing you hunts! I really enjoy reading them and can't wait for the next year.

From: Brotsky
19-Feb-20
Well done Paul! This thread is always one of my favorites. Tell the good boy happy birthday from all of us!

From: Paul@thefort
28-Feb-20

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20 inch trout. two other smaller ones in the bag.
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20 inch trout. two other smaller ones in the bag.
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I told you guys that I was going ice fishing. Today's catch. Chase the wonder dog can do more that just retrieve duck and geese. He loves ice fishing. my best, Paul

From: bowhunter24
01-Mar-20
Did you catch that trout on a cheese covered dot?

From: BULELK1
02-Mar-20
Ya had a great time Paul and thanks for taking us along man.

Good luck, Robb

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