With many of the geese we will hunt over the season still in Alaska, this weekend marked the final opener of the 2013-14 season for us. We got a call from a good friend early in the week asking if we were interested in coming down and filming a hunt on one of his fields. With the lack of birds in our typical areas, we jumped at the chance. The night before the hunt, the forecast was not looking good and I warned him, “if it were raining as hard as they said it’s going to, we probably wouldn’t be able to film.” He was very understanding and still wanted us to come down. I decided to bring most of the gear a long on the off chance that we would get a window of nice weather.
Fast forward to the morning of the hunt. A steady rain greeted me as I loaded up the truck and met up with our group to head down the highway. I did my typical last check on the hourly forecast and was shocked to see that the rain was supposed to stop in the next half hour and stay dry for the majority of the day. I know we’re all used to the weatherman getting it wrong 99% of the time, but I was shocked to see the drastic switch over the course of a few hours. The game plan switched quickly and we went into full filming mode.
We were lucky enough to have a great edge to hide in on our cackler covered winter wheat field that not only made the blinds disappear, but helped make our camera gear vanish as well. It wasn’t long before the first flock was spotted over the horizon and the scramble to get covered up began with twenty-minutes until shooting time. We’ve always found that the first flock is usually pretty indicative of how the rest of the day will go, or at least if we need to change anything. Before we knew it we had birds in the decoys and the flocks that followed dropped in to join the party. By the time shooting came around, we had several hundred birds in the decoys, and until a group of rogue duskies landed in the middle, every flock was right in the decoys. We waiting for the next flock to start back-winging to call the shot and started off our 2013-14 goose season. We were all able to officially break in our new S2 True Lesser Calls and they worked like a charm on the little geese.
We ended the day getting our six-man limit of lesser and cacklers, but the rest of the story is documented in the film and we are very excited to release the footage in the near future.