Mathews Inc.
YARD HOPPER DAY TWO
Small Game
Contributors to this thread:
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
Bowboy 22-Jan-21
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
SlipShot 22-Jan-21
spike78 22-Jan-21
drycreek 22-Jan-21
Jaquomo 22-Jan-21
Chief 419 22-Jan-21
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
Wayjames 22-Jan-21
sitO 22-Jan-21
Inshart 22-Jan-21
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
T Mac 22-Jan-21
drycreek 22-Jan-21
t-roy 22-Jan-21
paul@thefort 22-Jan-21
Dale06 22-Jan-21
BULELK1 23-Jan-21
BIGERN 23-Jan-21
Supernaut 23-Jan-21
dm/wolfskin 23-Jan-21
Inshart 23-Jan-21
paul@thefort 24-Jan-21
Beav 24-Jan-21
Shuteye 25-Jan-21
ALovely 25-Jan-21
paul@thefort 26-Jan-21
From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21

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Well here we go again but this time with a good friend that has never killed a goose with his bow. Yep, turkeys, elk, deer but no geese. One never knows what might happen but we were at the blind before sun rise, had the 16 Big Foot decoys out, and then had some time to catch up on our past hunting adventures. Jerry killed a great 6x6 Colorado elk with his bow last season and had to solo pack it out four miles one way and I think it did take two days and four trip to get it out. If he kills a goose this morning, he can sling it over his shoulder and in one 200 yards hike be back at the truck. All he has to do it kill one and what I have to do is call some in and within bow range. Sun is coming up so we better get ready.

From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21

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For the next hour and one half we have about 200-300 geese fly over but heading east to other places to eat.
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For the next hour and one half we have about 200-300 geese fly over but heading east to other places to eat.
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At 9:15 this small flock got our hopes up but they sailed on by.
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At 9:15 this small flock got our hopes up but they sailed on by.
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fifteen minutes later this flock showed interest and started to circle. "Jerry, get ready, this might be the time".
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fifteen minutes later this flock showed interest and started to circle. "Jerry, get ready, this might be the time".
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"Jerry, they are landing out front, let me range them"
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"Jerry, they are landing out front, let me range them"

From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21

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"the closest one is 31 yards". Jerry releases the arrow.
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"the closest one is 31 yards". Jerry releases the arrow.
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WACK!. Love that sound. Great shot Jerry, his first goose. but wait the rest of the flock is still there, 34 yards, second arrow released.
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WACK!. Love that sound. Great shot Jerry, his first goose. but wait the rest of the flock is still there, 34 yards, second arrow released.
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Almost a double , but just rump white feathers.
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Almost a double , but just rump white feathers.

From: Bowboy
22-Jan-21
You'd better hurry it's going to snow!

From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21

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I went and got Chase from the truck and lined him up for a blind retrieve 120 yards away. Dead bird, fetch I stated.
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I went and got Chase from the truck and lined him up for a blind retrieve 120 yards away. Dead bird, fetch I stated.
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like a laser beam heading for the goose
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like a laser beam heading for the goose
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one whistle and a right over correction and he was on the goose.
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one whistle and a right over correction and he was on the goose.
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Not bad at all for a 12 year old pup. Chase the wonder dog.
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Not bad at all for a 12 year old pup. Chase the wonder dog.

From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21

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Well what a great morning with a good friend and his first bow goose. Fun stuff in deed. My best, Paul
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Well what a great morning with a good friend and his first bow goose. Fun stuff in deed. My best, Paul

From: SlipShot
22-Jan-21
cool

From: spike78
22-Jan-21
Ha that’s awesome! I have never hunted geese before and every year you get me wanting to.

From: drycreek
22-Jan-21
AWESOME ! There was never a more satisfying feeling while duck hunting than my lab Little Lucky Guy (Guy for short) executing a blind retrieve and especially multiple blind retrieves. How I miss that !

From: Jaquomo
22-Jan-21
Great stuff, Paul! Congrats to Jerry!

From: Chief 419
22-Jan-21
Awesome Paul and Chase!! Teamwork. Wondering what it’s like to bowhunt geese with your best friend.

From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21
Hey Spike, "should have, could have, would have". Life is short; go for it. my best, Paul

From: Wayjames
22-Jan-21
Paul, simply the best. I love these hunts!

From: sitO
22-Jan-21
Atta-boy Jerry!

From: Inshart
22-Jan-21
Lov'n it!

From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21
Drycreek, do what we have none over the years. When the current dog goes to Doggy Heaven, we just order a new one. Actually we have a male black lab on order for next December.

From: T Mac
22-Jan-21
Good stuff!

From: drycreek
22-Jan-21
Paul, I quit duck hunting cold turkey. Guy died, I lost the best duck hunting place I ever had, and the Feds mandated steel shot all in the same year. It was too much for me I guess ....

From: t-roy
22-Jan-21
Congrats to your buddy Jerry on his first goose, Paul!

Your comment on having a new lab on order, got me wondering. Have you ever posted a pic of Chase when he was a pup?

From: paul@thefort
22-Jan-21

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Here you go, Chase three months old, 11 1/2 years ago. born on Feb, 14th 2009 on Valentine's Day, and actually the last day of Colorado's goose season.
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Here you go, Chase three months old, 11 1/2 years ago. born on Feb, 14th 2009 on Valentine's Day, and actually the last day of Colorado's goose season.
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and then last year with my recurve goose
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and then last year with my recurve goose
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Chase is a duck hunting fool
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Chase is a duck hunting fool

From: Dale06
22-Jan-21
That bow hunting geese looks like a blast. Thanks for sharing.

From: BULELK1
23-Jan-21
Start peeling the taters!

Good eats for sure,

Robb

From: BIGERN
23-Jan-21
Thats one of the best feelings.....helping a buddy score! Good job Paul

From: Supernaut
23-Jan-21
Congrats to your buddy and good deal getting him his first bow goose Paul, outstanding! Can't forget Chase, hope he got some treats. Great pics as usual, thanks for sharing.

From: dm/wolfskin
23-Jan-21
Good stuff!

From: Inshart
23-Jan-21
I don't care much for water fowl,,,,,,,,,,,except. Where we hunt in Sask, Canada, we shoot a LOT of specs. When we get back after the morning shoot we cut a bunch of them into bite size pieces, season them, wrap in bacon and BBQ.

I sure did miss that hunt last fall.

From: paul@thefort
24-Jan-21
Hey Bob, sounds like a good time, hope you get back there. Paul

From: Beav
24-Jan-21
Congrats Jerry! Well done Paul!

From: Shuteye
25-Jan-21
That was a great job.

From: ALovely
25-Jan-21
Hi Paul, Any training resources or recommendations for going from a 3 month old pup to a strong hunting dog?

Thank you,

Alex

From: paul@thefort
26-Jan-21
Alex, this first retriever training book I purchased was back in 1972, a book titled, Training Your Retriever, by James Lamb Free, That book seems to be the bible for retriever training at the time. Another book, titled, Water Dog, my Richard Wolters is another. Today one can go on You Tube and find many training videos for both pointing, flushing and retrieving dogs for how to start a dog to finishing that dog.

I would say that the parent dog's DNA, and pedigree, play a key role in the potential of any dog achieving a strong hunting status. Your presents, knowledge, consistency with the right training methods also play an important role. A hunting dog can become part of your family structure but should not be allow to become the Alpha dog of your family as can happen with bad, no,, or inconsistent proper training from all family members. Getting you dog on real birds, ie, pheasants, quail, or ducks for training is important as rubber training bumpers can just go so far in training. If needed, join a local dog pointing or retrieving club for that and additional help. Hope this helps answer your question. My best, Paul

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