Sunday, November 17, 2013

Goose Blunder, Part I

Thousands of geese taunted us all day by hanging out on other properties within sight of ours...

There were geese on Maryland's eastern shore this weekend.  Oh boy, were there.  I'm happy not to be the only hunter who didn't have a stellar opening day (our farm had 8 hunters, 3 shots fired, 0 birds killed), but under foggy, rainy skies, it should have turned out a lot different.  Most hunting parties in our area had their legal limit by 8:30am.

The full run-down of my "three hunts in 24 hours" is coming shortly, but at this time I'd like to frame the weekend by thanking my corporate sponsor, Sudafed-D.   That's right, one of my students rolled into class on tuesday night, all red-eyed and zombie-looking, and said, "I'm sick - I just wanted you to see."  I backed up immediately and told them to go home.  To no avail.  Thursday night found me up all night with the shakes.  I worked until about 2pm on friday and then hit the road for a quick duck hunt on the shore.   Went to bed by 930pm and was up at 5am to get ready for the opening day of goose.  Felt miserable all morning.  Gave up, and hunkered down in a goose blind in one of our fields.  Fell asleep snoring in the blind, much to my friends' amusement.  Drove the 90 minutes back home with insane sinus pressure, slept in 2 hour shifts all saturday night, and spent most of sunday on the couch in a haze of Sudafed....

Bummer! I enjoyed the dry-run of gear assembly, decoy untangling, and boat operation but I really wanted to take home a goose or two.




2 comments:

Steve Kline said...

Man those are some good looking field decoys in that photo!

Kirk River Mud said...

I know, right? They are robotic and it turns out, there's a glitch. They walk away from you until they are approximately 300 yards away, then pretend to eat comfortably for hours on end.