The three day plan to start the hunting season began September 6th. This was the morning geese first showed up on Thorson Pond after being pressured on the Rock River (to the west) during the Illinois early goose season. Pounce would have a few "opportunities". Then it will be about a month until regular waterfowl season. However, the pond needed an east wind to clear duckweed from an area near the blind location. Sept 7th was a day off from training and a wind out of the east "magically" arrived. Two days of wind (out of the east) cleared part of the pond of duckweed and the geese moved to that end. Saturday morning Pounce and I were there to "greet them". The tall standing, green corn field right next to the pond made an easy, excellent blind. In addition, the geese fly in from the west from the Rock River and other roosting spots. It is an advantage to have them flying into the early sunrise with decoys placed saying "We got here first!" Another good thing is they would not all be arriving at the same time. At least ....that was the plan. Scouted Friday and Saturday we went early. Actually too early.....nothing showed until after 9 pm. There were several bunches that seemed spooked. One small flock came in hot and heavy without circling. They were strung out a bit which made it easy to string three shots. First one fell up on the land. The second right at the water's edge and the third back behind the goose floaters. The last one down was not clean and I quickly loaded another shell to "sluice" it. All of a sudden the first goose down (up on land) jumped up and flew away. With no shells in my gun....it was gone. Dang it! I thought for sure it was a "three-fer". Anyway, Pounce had two exciting retrieves and I decided we were finished for the morning (even though the limit is five for early geese). This hunt provided everything we needed......a little fun practice run, a few good shots and something to show for the effort. Decoys and gear were quickly picked up and we "Got out of Dodge" fast so as to not educate anymore. Mission accomplished! "corn field blind" "view from the blind" 'looking toward the blind" "first retrieve and checking out where the second goose down was" "second goose"