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06-25-2018 10:53 AM
okieduckhunter
Unique items; Oddity in the goose world developing

Having hunted a particular western Oklahoma lake for 40 years I have noticed the following sequence occur--all observations at peak wintering numbers in late December:
  1. In the early 80's there was hardly any geese but 50,000+ mallards. They stocked the big Maximus Canada's and the first brood watched me toss out a dozen floaters in '83, flew over and I reduced total goose count from 7 to 5 on the lake.
  2. Over '80's and 90's numbers built but not consistently. You could still put out a two dozen goose decoy sprad and shoot your two bird limit.
  3. In the early 2000's the Canada numbers went up every year and have since but no sign of snow geese and only a random speck. If you hunted the lake the two goose limit was too little to justify the BIG spreads required for consistent success. If you had several buddies the 50+ floaters I put out would get you all limited about half the time. Still a questionable call for all the work
  4. 2010 forward the mallard numbers are half or less that stay around. Goose numbers are staggering. But oddest thing is that the big numbers of snows, specks and canadas fly out together when they leave the refuge. Not just in their own Vs but often mixed in the Vs. Never have seen that in all my years. Have not been hunting the geese much since they seem to in general only work big spreads now in sufficient numbers to justify the work. but I think I have a couple younger guys lined up so we can put out the whole 80+ floaters of snows, specks and canadas, sleep shells, and full body motion dekes. Will be interesting to see if by mixing we can get a shot at a limit of each when things are hot. Now that would be a day of dog work eh?
06-23-2018 02:03 PM
okieduckhunter
Re: Unique observations

Lots of observations of eagle's grabbing dead shad from the winter lake water turn overs and occasionally swiping downed ducks from in front of the blind before the dog can get to them. I hunt Kansas and Oklahoma and the eagles follow the waterfowl down en mass so no surprise some figure out that they can work the spreads for ducks. Never tire of watching them either way.
11-03-2014 09:11 PM
dreamweav9
Re: Unique observations

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Originally Posted by Waterswatter10 View Post
Had a little ross snow goose stay in the spread for about a week. You could walk right up to it and it just pick up and move away and go back down. We didn't kill it just for amusement. If we had geese working he's call at them. Even through the shooting he wouldn't leave. He slept about 90% of the time, and in the mornings when we got there we have geese in the spread and you could tell which one he was cause he was sleeping. Oddest little goose Ive ever seen.
We had a juvie snow that liked to chill out with us this spring. He tried pushing with the adults as the first of them hit South Dakota, and couldn't keep up the pace. Bombed into the spread and went right to sleep on the first day of Snows for the year. That same night we found two juvie snows sleeping in the ditch on our way back to town.
11-03-2014 02:38 PM
grubby
Re: Unique observations

Laying in my blind along the edge of a pond two years ago a hen pheasant flies by about 12 feet in front of me with a hawk right on her tail. She banked into a brushy hedgerow right behind me and the hawk had to peel off and land in a small tree. I sat there watching him and thinking how different the two must have felt immediately after the encounter.

Several years ago I was pheasant hunting late in the season and made a poor shot on a rooster that had what looked like a 2.5' tail. I watched him sail towards a small creek in another landowners field. I finished the draw I was hunting and jumped in the truck with my grandpa as he was driving me around that day. We drove to the landowners house, and of course my grandpa knew him. After they chatted for what seemed like forever, I was given permission and we headed back to the field. Following my shorthair, we found the spot in the snow where the rooster landed and started walking towards the cover. As she worked the cover, I noticed a few feathers floating by over the snow. I was startled when a hawk flew out of a scrub tree in front of us but didn't think much of it. As I got closer to the shrub, there underneath, with a bunch of feathers picked off its back was the rooster.
11-03-2014 11:38 AM
bullcan
Re: Unique observations

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Originally Posted by Mallard Creek View Post
^^^
That was you?? Thanks for your Heroism!!! Read about that on another thread. Weird how you missed that turn???
Steve (Ghillie) is a pretty humble guy. I'm sure he has a special place reserved for him in heaven though. He's also a flight medic and ER nurse. I have the privilege of getting to visit with him on a regular basis at work, and you'd be hard pressed to find a nicer guy.
11-03-2014 10:48 AM
bullcan
Re: Unique observations

In Maine and Alaska you had to retrieve Eiders quick or the seals would snatch them. In Alaska there was a sea lion that liked to playfully nip you in the hind end while you were in the water. It didn't hurt, and he'd make a weird noise like a laugh after doing so. I saw a lot of firsts on that trip. Treasure hunting on the beach was a blast. Seeing a 500 lb grizzly "cub" on the beach 1 morning was quite a rush.
11-03-2014 10:41 AM
Waterswatter10
Re: Unique observations

Had a little ross snow goose stay in the spread for about a week. You could walk right up to it and it just pick up and move away and go back down. We didn't kill it just for amusement. If we had geese working he's call at them. Even through the shooting he wouldn't leave. He slept about 90% of the time, and in the mornings when we got there we have geese in the spread and you could tell which one he was cause he was sleeping. Oddest little goose Ive ever seen.
11-03-2014 10:16 AM
ringbill
Re: Unique observations

I had a grebe sleeping in the decoys a week ago. One of the decoys blew into him and he gave it a retaliatory peck with his beak. Boy was he surprised when it made a loud thump. Reminded me of the woody woodpecker cartoons when he would peck a chunk of metal. The grebe shook it off and went right back to sleep.
11-03-2014 09:08 AM
dreamweav9
Re: Unique observations

Some observations from South Dakota... The traditional big waters aren't holding the numbers they were this time last year.
The mallards have been consistently feeding in the evenings/late afternoons in some areas, which is ass-backwards to what the norm is.
Hardly any specks around.
The first snows are finally here.

Coolest thing I have seen this year so far is an incredible gadwall migration while scouting. Just out scouting in one day I could watch every "gadwall" slough quadruple in size with flocks of 50-100 dropping in like crazy. But green in fields had me too hooked to go hunt them...
11-03-2014 09:06 AM
chipper140
Re: Unique observations

The one that still makes me wonder is from when I was out pheasant hunting. It was late December with deep snow on the ground. In the ditch laying flat was a lone Canada. Sent the dog in for a retrieve and it fly off like nothing was wrong.

Always enjoy watching muskrats in the spread. Speaking of which it has been years since I seen this last in Southwest Iowa.

A poor sand toad getting punished by my dog for a bull frog that left a bad taste in his mouth.

A grebe that treated the decoys they were obstacles to dive under.
11-03-2014 08:01 AM
Mallard Creek
Re: Unique observations

^^^
That was you?? Thanks for your Heroism!!! Read about that on another thread. Weird how you missed that turn??? Then when they found their gear that spring??? Crazy!!!

Yeah, deer in spreads, was nose to nose with a doe in a Willow thicket one early morning??

Eagle taking off with a hen mallard, Otters are fun to watch, people are even better sometimes, You know when all you see is a head bobbing in with the ICE CUBES.

The Fall Meteor Shower is very cool, northern lights, FOG just puts things is a different perspective, The sound of ice breaking on a crips morning.

Just a few???
11-03-2014 06:37 AM
ghillie
Re: Unique observations

A turkey swimming.
A buck swimming.
I was also hunting during a very bad, cold Nov squall. After LST I was trying to get back to my truck and missed the drop zone. Turned around and found a flipped boat and four guys in the water.
11-02-2014 09:58 PM
groundling
Re: Unique observations

While eider hunting in Maine we had seals in the decoys. Last year in Texas we had dolphins chasing mullet in the decoys.
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