Wister Snow Goose

Tedtaylor

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There were tons of snow geese and they were dropping into spreads all around me. I didn't have any decoys. Seemed like lots of guys were shooting at em. I didn't stick around to watch the check in. If you have 50 dozen or more you will have a decent shoot this weekend. U4, W11, 514?
 
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Steve Snow Killer

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Thanks, think with Sonny Bono (Hazard, etc) total with Wister was 80. I guess 100 count was a little high. 2 years in a row, I should have hunted opener after swearing I wouldn’t. Think things are getting a little better there.
 

BluefinCurly

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Based on surrounding reports, I would estimate there were about 4 grand in the region as of Saturday.

The actual opener (Thursday) was not as good as it would have been the previous Saturday IMO.

There were a lot of juve's, however more unattached adults arrived early last week and promptly started organizing them.

Always shoot the white one's first.
 

DOGHOUSE26

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Based on surrounding reports, I would estimate there were about 4 grand in the region as of Saturday.

The actual opener (Thursday) was not as good as it would have been the previous Saturday IMO.

There were a lot of juve's, however more unattached adults arrived early last week and promptly started organizing them.

Always shoot the white one's first.
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Steve Snow Killer

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Most people don’t realize it when the adult or lead bird talks and will pull the juvies and even adults that get pulled toward your spread back into formation. I had a lone juvie come cupped hard toward my spread and an adult in the area turned around flew toward the juvie and basically chewed the juvie out .... like your about to die you stupid kid and the juvie turned around and joined up with the adult. Wister birds get smart fast. Hit Wister up soon before it is too late! Hunt Sac/Delevan 2nd week of Jan. But best closing weekend Or hunt with Kid Creole anytime for $300/day and you don’t have to worry about decoys and sweatline, etc. I shot 300 dollars worth of expensive shells for 7 snows over 1 weekend. Black cloud BBB worked best for us pass shooting Sac
 
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Tons of Candian Geese flew over palmdale today headed towards wister.
 
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BluefinCurly

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Most people don’t realize it when the adult or lead bird talks and will pull the juvies and even adults that get pulled toward your spread back into formation.
Yep. See it all the time.

Last week before opener, I watched an unattached group that had been corralled by a smaller family group w/adults.

They flew in and sat them in a bulrush stand of ours, left them and flew out to scout new areas, came back 30 minutes later and called them all out and left.
 

Steve Snow Killer

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Most people don’t realize it when the adult or lead bird talks and will pull the juvies and even adults that get pulled toward your spread back into formation. I had a lone juvie come cupped hard toward my spread and an adult in the area turned around flew toward the juvie and basically chewed the juvie out .... like your about to die you stupid kid and the juvie turned around and joined up with the adult. Wister birds get smart fast. Hit Wister up soon before it is too late! Hunt Sac/Delevan 2nd week of Jan. But best closing weekend Or hunt with Kid Creole for $300/day and you don’t have to worry about decoys and sweatline, etc. I shot 300 dollars worth of expensive shells for 7 snows
 
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Steve Snow Killer

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Yep. See it all the time.

Last week before opener, I watched an unattached group that had been corralled by a smaller family group w/adults.

They flew in and sat them in a bulrush stand of ours, left them and flew out to scout new areas, came back 30 minutes later and called them all out and left.
That is impressive. Smart birds.
 
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KID CREOLE

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They are the toughest bird there is to decoy
Yes adults will pull juvies out of danger most of the time. Always shoot the Adults, leave the juvies

Here is a video I took a few years ago, toward the end, listen to the adults make a romp romp romp sound as they finally picked us out

 

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Steve Snow Killer

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Wow that was awesome!
Talk about low birds..got to go, got to go.... better start saving my money.

A huge group of snows came off the Sea in the morning (late season). I had a huge tight tornado come over me (and my rotary, a little high for my 1650 Kent 2s) at a pond north of the Wister check in station on a Sunday where I was pretty much alone. I let all the birds land, kind of unsure if I was going to pull the trigger a some lower flyers and just watched in amazement until I saw them start landing 2 ponds over ( I guess they knew where they wanted to go before I did). Birds would get up one to a few at a time from the large group (1500+) and with my rotary, I figured it would pull some over my way. It did and I dropped a single just outside my decoys. Half way up pops the snows head, no problem I thought. Well...then it started swimming away from me and I’m winded from the lovely Wister pond mud so I try to put him down...3 rounds right at him and he was still swimming strong ...SOB. I chased the bird 2 ponds over and I seriously thought I was going to have a fricken heart attack or something. Luckily I pushed the bird right to a father and son hunting 3rd pond down and the 6 year old kid shot his first goose, I let him keep it... That was cool to see that father-son experience. Of course that large group flew away when so stood up on the dyke (so?). I was told 6s are better kill loads on water and to aim a little below the bird. Lately, in my gun, I have better results with black cloud. January up at Sac, I shoot BC 2 or 1s for 1st round, then BC BBB for last 2. Seems snows have really thick feathers that time of year and unless they are close, either need smaller size pellet to get through the skin or BBBs to give a heavy hit
 
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pacificscout

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I do not hunt but have seen Snow geese recently and made me realize , I used to see them all the time as a kid in 70's' 80's.
They, like the city buzzards, just disappeared from the L.A. and the surrounding cities. Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood, and beach cities.
I just saw them again while on my way to go fishing down Bolsa Chica road.
Do you eat them?
Cuz. That's a whole lot of geese.
 
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DOGHOUSE26

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Wow that was awesome!
Talk about low birds..got to go, got to go.... better start saving my money.

A huge group of snows came off the Sea in the morning (late season). I had a huge tight tornado come over me (and my rotary, a little high for my 1650 Kent 2s) at a pond north of the Wister check in station on a Sunday where I was pretty much alone. I let all the birds land, kind of unsure if I was going to pull the trigger a some lower flyers and just watched in amazement until I saw them start landing 2 ponds over ( I guess they knew where they wanted to go before I did). Birds would get up one to a few at a time from the large group (1500+) and with my rotary, I figured it would pull some over my way. It did and I dropped a single just outside my decoys. Half way up pops the snows head, no problem I thought. Well...then it started swimming away from me and I’m winded from the lovely Wister pond mud so I try to put him down...3 rounds right at him and he was still swimming strong ...SOB. I chased the bird 2 ponds over and I seriously thought I was going to have a fricken heart attack or something. Luckily I pushed the bird right to a father and son hunting 3rd pond down and the 6 year old kid shot his first goose, I let him keep it... That was cool to see that father-son experience. Of course that large group flew away when so stood up on the dyke (so?). I was told 6s are better kill loads on water and to aim a little below the bird. Lately, in my gun, I have better results with black cloud. January up at Sac, I shoot BC 2 or 1s for 1st round, then BC BBB for last 2. Seems snows have really thick feathers that time of year and unless they are close, either need smaller size pellet to get through the skin or BBBs to give a heavy hit
We use 3"Steel BBs @ 1550 FPS and it does a pretty good job on them, however I too have shot at grounded cripples up to 50 yards away and missed 3 straight shots. A load of 6s would be better but when you're limited to 25 shells @ Wister how many of those are you going to carry?
I do not hunt but have seen Snow geese recently and made me realize , I used to see them all the time as a kid in 70's' 80's.
They, like the city buzzards, just disappeared from the L.A. and the surrounding cities. Pasadena, Glendale, Hollywood, and beach cities.
I just saw them again while on my way to go fishing down Bolsa Chica road.
Do you eat them?
Cuz. That's a whole lot of geese.
After our hunts in Canada when we pull into the Diner parking lot for breakfast after a great shoot with a pile of snows in the back of our pickup all the locals ask us :You don't eat those nasty things, do you?" Of all the geese Snows are the most gamey. We fillet out the breasts, freeze them in plastic bags, and every 3 days or so take them to the local reservation and give the meat to the Indians.
 

Steve Snow Killer

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Yes, I eat them. Tastes better than steak sometimes. Think there is a fish and game office near seal beach. Maybe some migrating geese stopped off at their friends house were hunting isn’t allowed. Why do they almost always check my license, etc during the best part of the day when the geese start flying. When they walk around checking everyone is screws up hunting in the entire area.
 
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DOGHOUSE26

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Yes, I eat them. Tastes better than steak sometimes. Think there is a fish and game office near seal beach. Maybe some migrating geese stopped off at their friends house were hunting isn’t allowed. Why do they almost always check my license, etc during the best part of the day when the geese start flying. When they walk around checking everyone is screws up hunting in the entire area.
Is that @ Wister? I've only been checked in the field @ Wister 3 times in the past 44 years and unfortunately for me I had 1 Dove Load in my vest pocket right after we had to switch to steel and that cost me a couple hundred years ago when steel was first mandated.
 

Steve Snow Killer

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Yes, at Wister. I guess I must be really lucky get check so often. That’s bad luck on your ticket. I was up at Sac and almost got a ticket several times for not coming back right on time (over a mile hike in to my favorite ponds and I typically put out a large spread). That’s work
 

DOGHOUSE26

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The 2 other times I've been checked @ Wister really crack me up and I bust their balls on it each time. We're sitting in our blind, 300-500 yards from an access road, waiting for something to fly by, when all the coots and miscellaneous waterfowl which have worked their way to the corners of each pond suddenly take off and fly every direction including straight at us. This continues as the visitor gets closer to our blind and all the birds hidden in the reeds between us and the corner of the pond fly away as well and the Wardens finally appear for the shakedown. I tell them Gee where did you come from you really surprised us and I get a grin out of them every time. We check for steel, plugs, and a brief look at our birds and they are on their way. Even better on the North End where cover is scarce and they just drive right up to your blind. Just make sure you gun is open and unloaded by the time they get there, give them what they need and get them on their way!