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Paul@thefort 31-Dec-23
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TMac 31-Dec-23
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Stoneman 31-Dec-23
Paul@thefort 31-Dec-23
JTreeman 31-Dec-23
fastflight 31-Dec-23
Paul@thefort 01-Jan-24
bowhunter24 01-Jan-24
Lewis 01-Jan-24
stringgunner 02-Jan-24
BOWNBIRDHNTR 02-Jan-24
SlipShot 02-Jan-24
Supernaut 03-Jan-24
BigOk 03-Jan-24
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Paul@thefort 03-Jan-24
deerhunter72 04-Jan-24
Paul@thefort 04-Jan-24
Mark Watkins 06-Jan-24
From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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Lots of new geese in the air and coming off the big lake across the hwy. The big lake is still mostly frozen over.
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Lots of new geese in the air and coming off the big lake across the hwy. The big lake is still mostly frozen over.
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but as hard as I tried, no geese showed any interest in the pasture of the goose decoys. I was home my 9 am. A good try and Teal got his early morning outing. Paul got a little work out!
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but as hard as I tried, no geese showed any interest in the pasture of the goose decoys. I was home my 9 am. A good try and Teal got his early morning outing. Paul got a little work out!
Saturday December 30. I had the choice to sleep in, go to the gym, or go goose hunting. I fingered I had had enough sleep and I could get a work out by going goose hunting and pulling back the bow a few times. So I went goose hunting. This time I set up my other blind near the house looking east. I wanted to change up the location and the decoy set up to "fool" the geese.

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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Ok, Sunday, December 30, New Years eve. Well the saying is " if you do not succeed, try, try again". So up and at them at 7 am, geese start flying at 7:30. I decided to go back to the other blind that is 120 yards away and that looks west towards the lake. I like this blind as I can see geese coming off the lake and other places to the north and west, plus the sun is behind the blind.

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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Wait, two low fliers coming in. I give out a few greeting calls. They see the decoys. Feet down, wings locked
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Wait, two low fliers coming in. I give out a few greeting calls. They see the decoys. Feet down, wings locked
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on the ground and within bow range. They were to the far left of the shooting window so I had to squeeze over to my right to make room for the shot. I lined up and took the shot.
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on the ground and within bow range. They were to the far left of the shooting window so I had to squeeze over to my right to make room for the shot. I lined up and took the shot.
and right on cue, there they come starting at 7:30. Calm morning, 22 degrees, sun just peeked over the horizon.

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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I lined up and took the shot but only sent "a warning shot over its bow". The two geese gained flight in a hurry not really knowing what had just happened.

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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The larger higher flocks continued off and on for the next half hour. Not even 8 am yet.

Oh wait, I grab the camera just in time to swing up and take this picture. Four geese about to land in bow range, and right in the decoys

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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Teal is looking out the window and is about to go nuts at the sight of these geese.

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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and land they do, one in the decoys only 15 yards distant. Teal can not take it, and he lets out a bark. The nearest goose goes on alert and moves off five yards. I am at full draw when it stops.

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31-Dec-23

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good hit! down and out!

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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The remaining geese are nervous but do not take flight giving me time to mount another arrow. Range 30 yards, arrow gone, low hit, all geese take flight, including wounded goose but this goose is flying close to the ground and straight away to 100 yards. Teal is watching and I sent him out through the shooting window in chase. Teal catches up and tackles it and tries to pick the goose up but still does not have the experiences to do so.

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23

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ANOTHER GOOD DAY
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ANOTHER GOOD DAY
well I started out the morning with four arrows, shot three of them, killed two geese, one arrow left for another day.

From: TMac
31-Dec-23
Well done and a happy healthy new year Paul, Teal and family!

From: INbowdude
31-Dec-23
Congrats, Paul & Teal! Happy New Year!

From: drycreek
31-Dec-23
Hey Paul, two out of three ain’t bad ! :-))

From: Stoneman
31-Dec-23
Congrats Paul and Teal - Happy New Year! Is the count 3 geese going into the new year?

From: Paul@thefort
31-Dec-23
Stone, actually, 5

From: JTreeman
31-Dec-23
Heck of a way to bid 2023 farewell! Congrats and keep at em!

—Jim

From: fastflight
31-Dec-23
More fun hunts. Congrats!!

From: Paul@thefort
01-Jan-24
Interesting, at the start of the season and even checking the local adjacent yards where I usually historically see geese during the late summer and early Fall, I did not expect to see much action. Even based on last year, when the geese did not cooperate much. I never did see one goose on this property during the summer and now I have had some good action with five geese killed and one miss. This property is Under Contract now for sale, with closing the end of January so this just might be the end (most likely) of the Yard Hopper Series. It has been 13 years with over 100 geese killed by arrow so good memories for sure and both Chase the Wonder Dog and now Teal both benefit from the experiences. I am grateful for the experience also. My best, Paul

From: bowhunter24
01-Jan-24
The class act of you and Teal could win over the new land owner! Let's hope for someone conservative!

From: Lewis
01-Jan-24
Great hunt Paul thanks for sharing and btw Happy New Year Lewis

From: stringgunner
02-Jan-24
Nice work! What a fun way to hunt geese. Hopefully you and Teal will find another “yard” to continue the adventures.

From: BOWNBIRDHNTR
02-Jan-24
Congrats to you and Teal, great way to wrap up 2023! Deca and I made out New Year's Day and got a limit of pheasants...with the 20 ga. Happy New Year Paul.

From: SlipShot
02-Jan-24
Nice!

From: Supernaut
03-Jan-24
Way to go Paul and Teal!

Outstanding all the way around. Great pics and thanks for taking us along!

From: BigOk
03-Jan-24
Thanks for sharing!!! You and Teals adventures are just beginning.

From: BigOk
03-Jan-24
Thanks for sharing!!! You and Teals adventures are just beginning.

From: Paul@thefort
03-Jan-24

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Thanks all. Teal and I plan on being in the goose blind tomorrow morn, ie, Thursday. Stay tuned for the next report.. Has been cold here in Ft. Collins over night and many of the lakes and ponds are iced over but some geese are still around. Just needs two of three to land in the morning and within bow range and maybe in my yard as these two did last year.

From: deerhunter72
04-Jan-24
Great job guys! Hope we get another good report today.

From: Paul@thefort
04-Jan-24
New report now being posted. Ie, Hunt 6

From: Mark Watkins
06-Jan-24
Nice work (as usual) Paul and Teal!!

Mark

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