^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^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.
Yep. See it all the time.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.
That is impressive. Smart birds.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.
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?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
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.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.
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.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.