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I've been told that the pressure on the river this year is far beyond any other. We're heading out for our last 3 days of goose hunting this weekend into Monday and I'm told it's a waste of time? What happened to the hunting out there? I've only heard from a few people, but they all said the river shooting killed the hunting. (Don't get me wrong, I understand how tough land access is out there, so I understand sometimes it's your only option)

Check out how many birds SD has:

http://www.state.sd.us/gfp/hunting/waterfowl/Counts/Flight7.htm

It looks like river shooting pushed the birds out?
 

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Chris: I'm not sure what you mean by river shooting, the river is CLOSED to goose hunting from two miles south of Washburn to the Garrison Dam. There are thousands of geese on the river, the problem is this nice weather. The geese yesterday didn't leave the water until 4:00 to feed, and when i went outside last night the geese were just starting to return to the water, this was 8:20pm. With the warm temps. and clear skies there feeding into the night. We had guys hunting the last 4 days and they didn't fire a shot. I checked our land for geese feeding at 3:45 today and not a bird. I drove across the bridge at Washburn and the river is loaded with birds, but nothing flying yet. This Sat. we are waiting until 2:00 to set up for the afternoon shoot. Most of the local guys quit hunting because the birds are not leaveing the water to feed until late afternoon. Don't shoot me but we need COLD weather for the hunting to get good. :sniper: I was wondering if you were hunting Bobs land again this weekend or someone elses.
 

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The birds were sure feeding in the morning on the 13th. The fields on both sides of 83 had lots of birds in them just south of Washburn when I drove from Robinson to our hunting spot. Plenty more flying as well. When I crossed the bridge on A200 there were more geese still on the river as well. This was at 10:00 AM

A friend was already set up and we had our geese by 12:30. He said they started coming in around 9:00 We spent the afternoon working the dogs and had fresh pheasant for supper. We checked the field and it was full of geese again. How do they know which field was barley from the air all the time?

We've got two more days of this, unless we decide to go golfing in Mandan one afternoon instead of pheasant hunting.
 

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Well there you go, write in a post and they shoot you in the foot, the geese that is. 5 of us went pheasant hunting Sat. morning just west of Washburn and the geese were flying everywhere at 9:00. We finished by 10:30 with pheasants and set up late for geese. There were still enough coming off the river at 4:00 for some real good shooting. Today we just shot pheasants. I stopped and talked to the group that was hunting our land for geese, they were picking up at noon and hadn't fired a shot that morning, the geese out west of town were still on the river. CHRIS H. how did you guys do on Bobs, I talked to Wayne and he said you guys were heading up there to set up Sat. I hope your shoot was good, I'm only hunting 3 more days and then it's time to ice fish. 2 of my friends have done real well fishing this last week. It's hard to quit hunting when the weather and bird numbers are this great, but O'Well what is a guy to do. My 2 little ones are really after me to take them fishing, but they don't go until the ice is at least 12", which with this weather that could be in Feb.
 

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Hunting this weekend was great. 6 of us filled on Saturday and again today. We were done by 10:30 this morning, and spent the afternoon shooting mallards. The birds finished perfectly. Our last flock of the year was starting to land in front of the blinds.

Couldn't have finished the season any better.
 

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Chris. This is two week old news, but thought you guys should know what happened just in case you chase geese again.

I hunted 3 miles down from Riverdale Dec. 7-8th. birds were all over the place. Come to find out (or hear). a guy directly across the river was shooting geese and ducks from his boat. He would run right into the flock and shoot. Upstream and down he had birds flying everwhere. I heart sank to think how unethical this guy was. didn't have the cell phone, or I would have called. He eventually set up across the river and there were times where we heard 4 shots right in a row. NO way he could reload that fast. He would wound birds, drive up next to them in the boat, out came the fishing net, and he picked them right up.

5 dozen bigfoots and 2 dozen magnum shells couldn't settle the birds down.

Glad to hear hunting was better towards Washburn.
 

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My last hunt of the season was AWESOME!! Hunted down south, and had a great time with 2 other guys one of which was Jason Phillips. We shot our limit right away after the birds started moving, you know the little flocks of 6-10 would coem right up the the deck, it was just like Sept hunting all over again, but after we had all our birds on the ground thats when the big flock of about 200 birds v linded straight for the decoy spread. Well as you would have it that whole flock came ot within 25 yards of use and were trying to land. It was truely a hunt i will never forget. Wish i would have had the camera!!
 

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CHRIS JUST THOUGHT I WOULD LET YOU KNOW THAT YOU SHOULD HAVE TAKEN MORE TIME OFF.6GUYS SAME PLACE SAME STORY.18 MORE THAT WON'T BE MAKING THE MIGRATION.ENJOYED THE HUNTS WITH YOU AND THE GUYS HOPE TO DO IT AGAIN SOMETIME.WILL POST PICS AS SOON AS THEY ARE DEVELOPED. :D
 

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I am a little jealous of you guys, I have been studying my a** off these last two weeks(this week is finals), i sure wish I had time to get out for one last hunt. Lets see some pics, that might make me feel better.
 

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Goosepig!
it was awesome hunting with you this weeknd!! them Greenies went straight to the taxidermist.. For some reason I believe you when you said that you limited on tuesday... I can imagine Ol timer (wayne) had another great time..

Madison
 

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Just wondering how you did Sunday. Wish I could have stayed, Chris could you e-mail me the pics...my e-mail address is [email protected].....Sounds like Monday was a blast. Did the weather turn bad....Anyway I had a great hunt Sat. Look forward to hooking up next year
 

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What a Weekend! I couldn't have thought of a better way to end the season than the grindage we put on those ******-tonks. You know you're doing something right when you can get the late season birds to come in with their landing gear down. We did have a helluva crew out there calling and shooting! It was awesome getting a chance to meet and hunt with some new guys...especially when it's guys like Goospig, Madison, Chad and Burt....Oh don't forget Dwayne. :D It was a pleasure shooting over the same spread with you guys and I look forward to doing it again in the future!

Goospig, was Dwayne back their yesterday? Did he keep trying to reach out there with that 10? :D

I have to thank Chris for setting this up...truly an unforgettable way to end the season. :beer:
 

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Matt, this is Burt, how did you guys do on Sun. and Monday...I haven't been able to get ahold of Troy. He's probably hunting right now. Next year I am going to take a whole week off in Dec. to hunt on the river. There is nothing better.
 

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Sunday was rough. We moved out of the bottoms and set up on a wheat stubble field right off the ridge. After spending an hour brushing our blinds we ended up getting off to a later start than we'd planned. It was one of those days where you have geese flying over when you're tossin' dekes and parking the trucks. We missed most of the flight, plus it was tougher hunting with the sun out casting shadows off the blinds.

Monday was awesome. We had perfect weather, nice and overcast with even a little mist. We hunted that same cornfield we hunted on Saturday and the geese didn't even know we were there until we popped the doors and started shooting. Six of us filled out pretty quick and we were only shooting geese that were locked up and close, it easily made up for Sunday's slow action and then some!

I agree with you, next year I definitely need to spend some more time down there late season. Who knows, maybe even take the last week of the season off!

Good Luck finding Troy! My guess is he'll be hunting from now until closing non-stop! :D
 

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Talk about a perfect Monday. This pic will keep your memory rolling all offseason. It's too bad the whole right side of the spread was cut off, the spread was killer. There's 6 blinds and you can barely see any of them.

 

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GUYS I HATE TO KEEP DOING THIS TO YOU BUT I JUST CAN'T STOP.WE HAMMERED THEM AGAIN TODAY (WED) IN THE SAME SPOT. WE GOT 21 GEESE TODAY AND 3 MALLARDS.THE DUCKS WERE IN THERE HEAVY I WISH WE WOULD HAVE HAD THE LUCKY DUCK OUT.IN ANSWER TO THE QUESTION ABOUT DEWAIN HE WAS THERE YESTERDAY.HE SAID HE CAN'T BELIEVE THAT GEESE ACTUALLY COME IN THAT CLOSE.WE HAD THEM RIGHT ON HIS BLIND.THAT WAS NOT A BAD WEEKS SHOOTING.WED 12,SAT 18,MON 18,TUES 18,WED 21!!!!!! I'LL TAKE THAT ANYTIME.I WAS THINKING OF GOING TO WORK TOMORROW :D :D BUT WHY RUIN A GOOD THING RIGHT. CHRIS COULD YOU E-MAIL ME THE PICS[email protected] THANKS.
 

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Good shooting guys. I am studying for the last final on Friday and my brain is toast. It is real torture to see those pics. I have to get out of the library soon or I am going to go crazy.
 

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Sweet pics!!
Too bad the signature "GOOSEPIG" license plate didnt show up....Cant wait for next years Hunt and $3 blackjack!!

Jones-eeeeeeeee!!! make sure you hit me up with some of them pics player!!! My email address is [email protected]

Keepn it reeel :beer:
madison
 
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