Rick phoned me on Thursday and asked if I would be interested in a goose hunt. He went on to tell me that he secured hunting access on a field that borders his property. This is where he is building a new home. I phoned him later and told him that I would be able to hunt and he told me that Kyle was also coming along.
Saturday morning arrived and I got ready in the early morning hours, but not quickly enough. I left my house just minutes before I was supposed to arrive at Rick’s old shop in the Heights. I phoned Rick and he let me know to call him back when I reached Huntley and he would guide me to the hunting grounds. When I showed up the majority of the spread was set. Rick, Kyle and I set the rest of the decoys, placed our layout blinds and moved our guns and gear into the blinds. I took my dog Hadli to her dog blind and told her to kennel. Then we drove our trucks out of the field and parked them in Rick’s future driveway.
The morning was as uneventful as it was cold. I let the guys know that this was Hadli’s first goose hunt and that I was unsure how well she would retrieve. The slow morning and cold temps pushed us out of the blinds and into Ricks unfinished house. We warmed as Rick explained the construction choices he made. A half hour or more elapsed and we walked back out to the hunting field.
The first flight of Canada Geese yielded one dead goose. Hadli sprinted out of her blind to the bird but hesitated to pick it up. I got out of my blind and walked to the edge of the spread. I called Hadli to heel, pinched her left ear against her collar and commanded ‘Fetch.’ She ran to the goose, found a grip and retrieved it. On the next set of birds I again pinched her ear and told her to fetch, that was last time I had to apply pressure. The highlight of her day was by a three goose sequence with the last goose being a blind retrieve.
Just shy of 1pm Rick, Kyle and I counted our geese and found that we were two geese from limit. Rick and Kyle’s superb calling beckoned the last set of geese into our spread.
Rick’s new house being built next to this field had us all thinking about future goose hunting that included ‘warm up’ breaks in Rick’s kitchen over the aroma of sizzling bacon. Who knows if it that will ever happen, but it sure is a nice thought.