After what seemed like an hour the birds finally dropped down to about 35 yards high. Although they were still a little leary they banked around for a third pass, even lower this time and about 20 of them dropped right into the spread. The rest of the main flock banked around for yet another pass. JJ looked at me and said “We are going to have some fun with these birds”! They came around again and JJ held off on calling the shot as yet another 15 birds dumped into the spread. The main flock circled around again. My heart was pounding, this was just too much fun. On the fifth pass half of the remaining flock dropped in. At this point I just had to sit back and laugh. JJ looked at me and we just sat there in the blind taking it all in and watching about 65 geese swimming around in the decoys, neither of us wanting to ruin the moment by calling the shot. As the flock still in the air made one final pass overhead the birds on the water got up and lifted off with them. I had to admit that was much more rewarding than actually pulling the trigger. What an incredible experience!
Of course, at this point we were just a couple of buddies having some fun. On a standard guided hunt with Central Flyway’s Best, guns would have been blazing much earlier. After decades of chasing these crazy white birds up and down the flyway, for me it was a much more memorable experience actually watch the birds work the spread and finish in the decoys rather than pulling the trigger.
As the sun dropped down lower in the sky we both knew our window of opportunity was fast coming to a close. It was time to put the smack down on one more flock before we ended our hunt together. And just like that we looked up and there was a flock locked up. As they came around the right end of the blind, wings set JJ said ”This is it”.
The birds finished just like we had hoped and JJ called the shot. I pulled up on a nice blue and folded him with my first shot. I was already thinking of the triple and overshot the second snow in my sights. Even though it took me 3 shots to bring down a pair, I was overjoyed. As the smoke cleared from JJ’s 20 gauge, he proved that even the pro’s get overly excited sometimes too, as he whiffed on the first shot and now four geese lay belly up in the decoys. It was the perfect end to an amazing spring snow goose hunting adventure!