I have been wanting to hunt almost 'anything' for quite a while, being 31 I feel a little late to the game compared to many many others. Since I am new, I felt like hog or deer was too big to start with, and I felt like starting with some birds. I was able to head out with Coastal Prairie Outdoors LLC last weekend for a guided goose hunt. And after it is all said and done, the only words I can really come up with for the experience is 'holy' and sh!t'.
(I'm the a$$hole all the way to the left)
I was a bit rusty, not having shot a shotgun in quite a while and not having practiced prior(stupid on my part.) But I was able to hit three-four (I know...terrible) out of the 41 that the group took home. It was mostly day hunters (including me) and three lease hunters.
I do have to say, the entire experience of it all was truly amazing. When we got to the location, probably around 620 or so, someone in a car seemed to have spooked one of the biggest flocks of geese I have ever seen. It was about a minute or so, of what had to be a 200+ yard wide flock passing over. Thousands and thousands. Even with that big morning spook, the guides were calling them in, even close enough for a rusty shooter like me to hit a few.
I didn't take my phone out until about 1030 or later out of fear of making too many movements and spooking anything up-coming. Only took it out when birds were clearly too high for us. But you can still assume the numbers that were coming in on our group.
My whole goal with hunting has been to fill up the deep freezer, and keep it full with various kinds of meat. Even though I was only able to hit 3-4 myself, some in the group did not want to take home their share, and I was able to head home with 8.
All-in-all, I had so much fun that I'm going Sandhill Crane hunting with the same guides in Dec. Of course, I'm going to practice more than I did the first time!