I could already tell that we were in for a fantastic waterfowl adventure. Matt Kostka and his top guide Mike Schmidt were already cracking jokes and making us feel right at home.
Although it was probably daybreak by the time we got set up, you sure wouldn’t know it with the dense fog covering our spread. Every now and again we could hear the sounds of a distant flock of geese rolling through the early morning fog. Then out of now where a flock would quickly appear and then disappear again as fast and as silent as they were seen. And let me tell you, as soon as we had verification that there were geese in the area boy did the guys give it to ‘em. Priding myself on being a hardcore Canada goose hunter, I have never hunted with four guides who sounded better on a call and worked off of each other as well as this team did. You could sure tell that these guys spent a lot of time together in the field.
Finally after about an hour of playing hide and seek with the Giants of Rochester, we hit it right and a flock of 8 birds worked right over the top of us, circled around once and the guys sucked ‘em right in. It didn’t take much prodding from the pit buzzer for the anxious hunters to let loose, myself included. We were able to dump four monsters out of that flock and sent the other four heading for the hills in a hurry! Throughout the morning we had numerous flocks work us but being the final weekend of a hard hunted season, these birds definitely had a Ph D in goose hunting to say the least. To even get an opportunity at one of these magnificent creatures this late in the year was a real treat. Around 11:00 am the fog finally lifted and we were able to see what all of the fuss was about.