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Have You Noticed...

4648 Views 9 Replies 7 Participants Last post by  Dean Nelson
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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You guys are all to young to remember how it was back in the late 70's and early 80's.When I first moved here in 1976 there was a lot of weekend pressure.The birds would feed late into the evening and sometimes after dark and would then sit on the refuge until 12:30-1:00.We would set up our decoys along the fence and you could set your watch by when they would start to go out to feed.We would be lucky sometimes to get 1/2 hour of shooting.Especially on warm bluebird days when there was a full moon.I remember several times going out at 3-4:00 in the morning and driving into a stubble field full of geese.
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