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That's a wrap...2016-'17 in pics

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  1. sno

    sno Refuge Member

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    Thanks for sharing
    Every season has it memories..........almost always good
    Time together with your daughter....excellent!
     
  2. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member

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    Thanks Rick.
    In the one pic of Amanda, she's got your pink call around her neck but you cant see it.

    No, I havent been up since last Feb. 1st when we counted just geese and swans. I'm allowed to go, but other work commitments, etc usually puts that idea/chance to the way side. Apparently the biologist doesnt know until almost the last minute if they can even fly due to temps, cloud cover and such.
    I did enjoy the trip last year, but its a looong day in a little plane where I cant pee, smoke, or even roll down the window. If the plane didnt get above 10 feet off the ground, I would ask to go more but them planes go way to high for a guy thats afraid of heights !
     
  3. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    errr....I could be wrong, but that mounted snow goose looks a lot like a swan.......
     
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    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    nice pics and great memories.
     
  5. Il. MudDuk

    Il. MudDuk Elite Refuge Member

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    Bang,
    it was a very expensive snow goose for the guys that shot it (and to be honest, they are nice guys who made a mistake but that is best left to them, law enforcement and the courts)....a long, long story that happened a couple years ago.
     
  6. dukkalr

    dukkalr Elite Refuge Member Sponsor

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    smoke??:fp:fp:fp,,,, well you are talking about cigarettes, right:dv:dv
     
  7. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator Flyway Manager

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    It happens. I heard some geese flying low towards me one morning along the side of a lake. I was surrounded by fairly high cattails, and I could hear the birds honking and coming closer, right out of the low sun , and would pass over my head in a few seconds. At the last second, I stood up and could see the outline of a goose directly in line with the sun and I slapped the trigger.....oops. Broke one of the cardinal rules of hunting. I didn't identify my target properly, and I smacked a cormorant as it went over. The geese passed to my left at about 20 yds but I was too stunned to take a shot. Didn't know what to do, but I had seen coyotes on the way around the lake, so I knew mother nature would take care of it, but I've always felt bad about that one. Ten years later, I nearly did the same thing with a swan that was flying low off of a roost, where I had been pounding snow geese all morning. Nearly identical situation, but I waited until I could clearly see the bird before I pulled the trigger, thank goodness. Lesson learned.

    I did watch a hunter shoot a seagull down at Oak Hammock Marsh. I was watching some pathetic shooters (can't call them hunters) who were being guided by a local outfitter. I could hear the guide yelling "No...No..." and then watched the seagull come down out of the sky. Best shot the guys made all day. I saw the guide later that day and asked him about mounting the "American White Goose". Awkward moment for him to say the least. Never did like him.
     
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    smashdn Elite Refuge Member

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    Bang, even a coyote has standards. I bet that cormorant just rotted.
     
  9. dvegas

    dvegas Senior Refuge Member

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    Awesome pics and post!
     
  10. greenheadIL

    greenheadIL Elite Refuge Member

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    Looks like a good year to me. Thanks for posting the pics always enjoy them.
     

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