Chris Schultz

Outdoors Column

By Chris Schultz

Winsted-Lester Prairie Journal & Howard Lake Herald, Minn.

September 14, 1998

Early goose hunt: it was too warm

The best part of the early Canada goose hunt, which opened on Sat. Sept. 5 and closes Sept. 15, is the chance to hunt waterfowl at sunrise without freezing your tail off.

In fact, according to many hunters, the weather on this year's opener was too warm. The geese must have felt the same way, because they sure weren't flying in big numbers.

Hunting near Mayer on the morning of the opener and on Labor Day, myself and two other hunters managed to bag only one honker.

He was a nice bird, about a 10-pounder. The bird was taken from a flock of about 80 geese that had landed 40 or so yards outside of our small decoy spread.

Although geese in small numbers were in the air to our east, they weren't decoying well and we were happy to pick up the one bird.

Other hunters in our area, which there were quite a few, said about the same thing. There weren't many geese flying and those that were didn't decoy easily.

In the Winsted area, a few hunters reported excellent hunting with five bird limits taken. But most hunters fared the same as those in the Mayer area, saying the geese weren't flying and the weather was too warm.

When November rolls around, and those hunters are freezing their tails off in a duck blind, they will fondly remember the beautiful and warm morning they spent in the goose blind in early September.

Outdoor notes

  • To please those who have become fans of my new puppy Angus, here's an Angus update. He doesn't look too much like a puppy anymore. At 14 weeks, he already weighs over 40 pounds. If he keeps eating and growing at the current pace, he'll never fit in a duck boat. The floor in his dog house has been replaced and I'm missing two right shoes.
  • This fall, fish at dusk for lunker walleyes and pay special attention to moon phases, with the full moon in October being one of the best nights of the year to fish.
  • The application deadline for antlerless permits was Sept. 10.
  • The small game and archery deer seasons in Minnesota open on Saturday.
  • If you're planning a short vacation to enjoy the colors in northern Minnesota this fall, make your lodging reservations now. Resorts did a brisk business this summer and many are already filled for the fall season.
  • Winsted Ducks Unlimited chapter will have its annual banquet Tuesday, Sept. 15 at the Blue Note in Winsted. Quacking time is at 6 p.m. with the meal served at 7:30 p.m. For more information or tickets, call 320-485-3885.
  • Take a kid hunting this fall, you'll have fun and so will they.

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