The White Goose

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We made the hike north to hunt snows with A&A Outdoors in Sussex County, Delaware.  They have been hunting mostly alfalfa fields that are holding large numbers of white geese.  This particular area of the Delmarva Peninsula is wintering about 150,000 snows this year.  We didn’t know what to expect with the low wind forecast for the day and mild winter temps so we hoped for the best and expected the worst.snow6

We were up at 3:15 and in the field by 4:30 staking decoys.  We put out a silo sock rig of 1600 and a few dozen shells bunched around the hunters to break up the profile.  This was a reasonably small decoy spread for them, and most snow goose outfitters.

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These guys knew their birds well.  We had over 20 thousand working us through out the morning, which is not uncommon in the snow world but for Virginia guys it was an awesome thing to see.  Unfortunately, the wind that we needed to give movement to the rig came a little too late in the morning.  The first early birds to commit were juveniles.  These young birds were a little less educated and easier to fool with a sagging rig of sock decoys.

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As the morning progressed the wind picked up and the decoys had the movement they needed to look alive.  Bigger groups started to feel better about the spread and so did we. We scratched out 20 with a few good pitches of large groups, but with low expectations we were pleasantly surprised to see them committing the way they did.  We had a great time and plan on filming for Andy Dively and Andy Esham this time next year.  To book a trip with A and A Outdoors contact:

www.aaoutdoor.com

Andy Esham  1-443-366-5587   email  salth2ocowboy@yahoo.com
Andy Dively   1-717-503-6260   email  fourdivelys@verizon.net

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