Phil really knows what it takes to make his hunts enjoyable for all. We finally had to stop and take a count of birds after we dropped 5 out of the next big flock that also decoyed in under 15 yards. We had 22 honkers down in under an hour. The use of competent flagging and calling from experienced guides really does make the difference, especially in the late season. As we dropped another pair of birds out of one last susceptible flock, we were left one goose shy. Phil’s cousin Mike was able to complete our day with one last single that filled our bag limit of 25 birds and wouldn’t you know it, it was banded. A perfect end to a perfect hunt!
As we picked up the spread we headed back to town to warm up and have a nice breakfast and relive the hunt. Over breakfast I also had a chance to learn a little more about Phil’s operation. The main reason for our success that day was because we had several hundred birds sitting with in a couple hundred yards of our set up the day before. Phil makes sure that all of his hunters enjoy fresh fields that are sure to produce. Phil also offers an option that many outfitters do not. He does not mix groups of hunters together and is able to accommodate small groups on their own private hunt. Phil employs 5 experienced guides during the regular waterfowl season including experienced guide and expert caller Jeff Zierden, and all are expected to scout each week to make sure there are plenty of fresh options for the next hunt. I would have to say that anyone looking for a quality, personable hunt with an experienced, knowledgeable and economical outfitter in the west metro area will be pleasantly surprised. The service and quality of the hunt offered by Phil Schmidt and the boys at Goose Busters Guide Service is second to none.