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Have You Noticed...

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Have any of you noticed over the last 5-8 years that the snows leave the roost later in the morning than they used to? I remember 10+ years ago we always had the first few bunches come in when it was still 1/2 hour before sunrise (were talking fall hunting). Nowdays they wait till sunrise and also you see very few singles and pairs any more. Used to be if you had a bad morning.. picked the wrong field or the weather was too nice you could always pick off some juvy singles but lately you just dont see them, always in bunches. Weve had decent hatches and there are plnty of juvies around most years so they must be learning somehow.
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I have noticed this while in ND because I think the birds are a lot more wary now because of the hunting pressure. While hunting in canada we almost always have geese flying by legal light. I don't know why, but in Canada we usually see a higher ratio of young birds then we see in ND, maybe this has something to do with them flying earlier. Most mornings a single will come off of the roost while it is still too dark to see it until it is right in front of you. The big flight of geese usually consistantly get up about ten minutes after shooting light in Canada. Canada is a lot like ND in the good years. I doubt I am going to make it up there this year and through college and I will miss, but I guess I will be able to afford a lot more trips with a college education.
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