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    • grumpy
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      Anybody out there hunt geese? Seems to be a lot of them out there, and really, really dumb. lol

    • David Petersen
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      It ain’t hardly goose season for a while, here at least. I’ve killed a couple with a bow, wintering over on alfalfa stubble. Like stalking a flock of 500 turkeys. I find Canadas inedible, but then I’m just a spoilt city boy. πŸ˜† Serously, they’re fun and challenging to hunt that way, but even more challenging to eat. Ithink I’d rather just hear them, as you say, honkhonkhonk … Best luck.

    • Col Mike
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      Have to agree with Dave. I used to hunt them on the eastern shore years ago when I was stationed at the Naval Academy–they don’t eat well. Here in our mountains of western MD. spring and fall are announced by 100’s every day flying right over our house about 200ft.AGL. The sound of their wings and honks are magical. But I have a question for any ornithologists or hunters –why do they fly in a v formation with one side longer then the other?

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • Ben M.
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      I will say that I’ve had decent jerky made out of wild Canada Goose, but that’s the only way I’ve ever tasted goose. As far as their flight formation, each goose flies slightly above the one in front of it, reducing wind resistance. The length of the legs of their “V” is random and shifts constantly as they take turns leading the flock.

    • Col Mike
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      Thanks Ben–I thought the reason one side of the v is longer was because there are more geese on that side:D

      Semper Fi

      Mike

    • grumpy
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      I want goose feathers!!!8)

      Arwen

    • David Petersen
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      Arwen said: “I want goose feathers!!!”

      How do you cook them? πŸ˜†

    • pvcarcher
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      grumpy wrote: I want goose feathers!!!8)

      Arwen

      Do you want them for your arrows?

    • lyagooshka
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      Here in PA there is an extended season for Snow Geese. The numbers of snows have increased so much that they are starting to affect other species. Typically, they do not fly in a V but a giant black cloud that drowns out the sun. First time I went to hunt them, all I could think about after the first “bombing run” was that I had slipped into a Hitchcock movie. Beyond that, I have only hunted them with a scatter-gun. I have heard exactly the same as the folks above have stated: JERKY! Just to give you an idea about snows and how badly they want the numbers controlled, Canadian Geese (in my area) have daily bag limits of 2 or 3, depending on time of year. Conservation hunt for snows has a daily bag limit of 25. Anyway, good luck. Be well.

      Alex

      πŸ˜€

    • Troy Warner
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      David Petersen wrote: Arwen said: “I want goose feathers!!!”

      How do you cook them? πŸ˜†

      I roast them like a turkey. Need to pick em so the skin holds the fat in, then just roast them like a turkey, you do want to make sure you pull them out before they dry out. If they dry out they taste a lot like leathery liver.

      You can smoke them also and I’ve had some that folks have made in a slow cooker with cream of onion soup on a bed of rice,.

      I’ve had one cooked in the fryer in peanut oil and wow it was good.

      And yes jerky is good also.

    • archer38
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      Absolutely, you need the fat on a goose. I can’t imagine how it would turn out if you skinned it and took the fat off first. I have a goose hunt planned for this fall with my brother. We’re planning on setting up on a field edge and plucking them from the decoy spread with bows. Should be fun !!

    • grumpy
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      Kinda suspected someone would come up with a way to cook them. πŸ˜€

      We have an excess population here, think they want us to thin them out.

      Pete

    • Mark Turton
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      Canada’s here are on open license so can be shot all year round and no bag limit, the only folks that do this are farmers when crops are being damaged and then often with a rifle to move the rest on.

      My wife takes the breast meat rolls it around well seasoned sausage meat, wraps it in foil and roasts them, I like it.

      lyagooshka, I don’t understand why snows are not controlled in Greenland where eggs can be pricked and adults rounded up during the moult, I read that they are eating every blade of grass, moss and lichen in sight up north.

      We have greylags here, they are good eating but take a hammering each year, I think because they don’t migrate the meat is juicier and there’s more fat on them but best of all the primaries make good fetchings.

      Four Canadas just went over!

      Mike, one of the best sights in nature must be watching migrating geese arrive as they wiffle down.

      Mark.

    • lyagooshka
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      Just as an FYI here is a “Snow Goose Cookbook” I got from the Arctic Goose Joint Venture via the PA Game Commission web site. The file is under 2 MB, but too big to attach πŸ˜₯ , but here is the web site for reference: Snow Goose Cookbook from Arctic Goose Joint Venture . I am assuming (I know, assume…) that Canadian Geese would follow the same recipes. Hope it helps. Be well.

      Alex

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    • bruc
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      This is an easy recipe that applies to all wild geese and ducks. Cut the breasts, legs and thighs out of the bird. Put in the following marinade for 4 – 6 hours and then barbecue. Careful not to overcook ! The marinade is 1/3 cup of each of the following; soya sauce, canola or olive oil and lemon juice. This will do one to two birds depending on size. Easy to remember, one third cup and three items.

      Bruce

    • Mark Turton
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      Thanks Bruc, been looking for a good marinade for duck.

      Mark.

    • bruc
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      pothunter wrote: Thanks Bruc, been looking for a good marinade for duck.

      Mark.

      Hope you enjoy it !

    • Fintlock
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      I have done the marinade thing too and it works well. I also will grind the breast meat and season it to make meat loaf or patties. I make soup out of the legs, sometimes. The crock pot also works to make goose. Dont be afraid to experiment. There are also recipes in old cookbooks that I will try out! πŸ˜€

    • Greg Ragan
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      Crock Pot can’t be beat for cooking goose!

      Grumpy, I can send you some feathers if you want them?

    • lyagooshka
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      Gotta ask, how do you get the arrows to float? Or do you just never miss? πŸ˜‰ Be well.

      Alex

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    • Greg Ragan
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      lyagooshka wrote: Gotta ask, how do you get the arrows to float? Or do you just never miss? πŸ˜‰ Be well.

      Alex

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      All mine float! Both wood and aluminum….never shot a carbon up to try it?

    • lyagooshka
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      I must admit that when I was shooting compound (the only time I shot carbon) none of my misses ever wound up in water, so I cannot be of help there. That is of course not to say that they never wound up in some strange places though. A few I am still looking for. I don’t think I will be going back to carbon as I really don’t feel like buying a cutter. If anyone else has experience though? BTW: love the arrows. They look great. Did you do the flu-flu yourself or was it a kit? Be well.

      Alex

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    • grumpy
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      Yes we would like feathers!!

      Arwen wants to know who that is that is her age. Even tho it IS a boy.:D

      Now to figure out how to send u an email…

    • Ben M.
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      I’m with Alex. Could we see a closeup of the red-fletched flu-flu, please?

    • Greg Ragan
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      Ben (Prairie Prowler) wrote: I’m with Alex. Could we see a closeup of the red-fletched flu-flu, please?

      Those are modified flu flus that Maryland bowhunting pioneer Mr. Rob Davis designed. They are 4 “fletch” and made with leftover pieces of full length feathers. They are glued in line by hand (no clamp needed). The short sections just stand up until dry. The idea is that they fly faster before slowing. He invented them for squirrels that kept ducking his regular flu flus. The plans are outlined in his book “Flingin arrows for fifty years”. Mr. Davis is still around (in his eighties) and I had the opportunity to hunt with him last year for stingrays.

    • lyagooshka
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      Awesome!!!!!

    • Troy Warner
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      Love them decoy blinds!!

      That’s a fine set up.

    • grumpy
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      We got the feathers!!!!

      Looks like a lifetime supply for me (not much at my age), and plenty for Arwen.

      THANK YOU!!!!

      Soon as I make some more arrows, we will post a pic… IF she lets me on the computer.

      Pete/Arwen

    • Greg Ragan
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      grumpy wrote: We got the feathers!!!!

      Looks like a lifetime supply for me (not much at my age), and plenty for Arwen.

      THANK YOU!!!!

      Soon as I make some more arrows, we will post a pic… IF she lets me on the computer.

      Pete/Arwen

      Great! Enjoy them! Can’t wait to see some “black magic” arrows!

    • Charles Ek
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      Looks like almost anyone could find a recipe here to their liking:

      Learning to Love Canada Goose

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