What a great memento to have from a long awaited hunting trip that I was able to share with my Dad! The sluggish birds were sure taking their sweet time to fly today, which gave us a chance to visit a little more with Jim on how the Gander Hill Goose Club tries to deliver a World Class waterfowl hunting adventure for all of their customers. Jim shared that his passion is to make his hunts available for “the working man” as he put it. Providing hunters the chance to get out and enjoy a truly spectacular piece of hunting ground, without having to break the bank and have a most memorable and fun waterfowl hunting experience. Many of the club’s hunters commute from within a few hours of Coulterville, with a large part of them traveling from St. Louis- located only an hour away. This also allows hunters from out of state to fly into a large airport close to the hunting grounds.
As the morning slipped away through laughing and storytelling from our group, I realized again why waterfowl hunting has become an addiction of which I can’t get enough of. Along with the challenge of hunting these cleaver birds, getting to spend time with the people who are there makes the experience even better. I’ve always thought that the guide makes the hunt. If the birds are flying and the action is fast, he is the one who put you on the right spot. Probably working many hours before you arrived to make it a great location. And on slow days, he still works hard and does everything he can to get the birds to head your way. But more importantly, he makes the hunt enjoyable and is honest about what to expect. I found that Jim is one of those guys, who is not going to promise you anything more than a good guide, a good blind, solid locations, quality dogs, and the opportunity to have a fun hunt, no matter if you are a seasoned veteran or a beginner. These are all great qualities that every hunter can appreciate.
With a couple more passes by from two small groups of Gadwalls and Ring necks our hunt on Day 1 came to an end. After a great day in the blind, Jim followed it up by a tour of the property. He showcased all seventeen blind locations for us. This is hands down one of the best properties I’ve seen, with a huge variety of different set ups to the attract birds. After our tour we headed back to get a bite to eat and rest up ready for the next days hunt.