We knew it would be tough to replicate our almost perfect 2015 season and that was indeed the case. The month of October turned out to be a nightmare weather wise, as sunny warm to hot days were the norm and the birds would go from their roosts in large numbers to areas where they could collect without danger. We are fortunate that we have sites where we can cut some of that off, so we would get some shooting pretty much every day and every group went home with birds although not quite the numbers we enjoyed in 2015. Having said that, we did average 7 geese per hunter which is considered excellent and only a goose per hunter less than in 2015.
November is a busier month for us and we went into it hopeful we would start to get colder cloudier days and we did catch a break November 03 to 05 when we really needed it, as we had four groups totaling 16 hunters in camp. Friday and Saturday were grand windy wet days and the birds were all over the place and we shot 61 birds over those final two days, which for 2016 was a good number. The last two weeks of our season were also decent weeks, although our fields were not “tending” like they were in 2015 . We do not hunt past the third week of November, mainly because we are concerned about early freeze ups and snow, although that does not seem to be the issue it once was. The second week of November we averaged 6.5 geese per hunter and the final week of our season we averaged 8 geese (in 2015 we averaged 9 geese per hunter for the full season).
All in all it was indeed a good season, every group went home with birds and our hunters seemed as happy as ever. Fortunately 65% of our groups were repeat hunters and all our new groups were excellent to deal with as well and were great sports.
After thirty years of operation, 2016 will be the final season for Wild goose Outfitters but there will be a separate post regarding that.