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Goose Outfitters West Tx #8261486 05/10/21 02:41 AM
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any recommendations of goose hunting is west tx towards panhandle if this allowed. I've done my searches and have a few narrowed down. Just looking for input. Thanks in advance

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Crooked Wing out of Lubbock.
Been Sandhill crane and goose hunting with em for several years.
Going crane hunting again with em next year.

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Re: Goose Outfitters West Tx [Re: toolmaker] #8262019 05/10/21 08:03 PM
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Ive hunted with Stanfield several times. Always been pretty good.


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I will 2nd Stanfield. Hunted with em several times, always been great for us. Also, they got a podcast called Big Honker podcast. It’s good as well.

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I guided hunts out of Lubbock for 6 years. Started an outfit over twenty years ago that is still in operation today. I have been out of the game for a long time but I am not sure if I would recommend anyone come to Lubbock at this point. When I was doing it there were two really respectable full time outfitters and ocassional weekend warrior / college kid outfits that would pop up from time to time. Now I think there are something like twenty outfitters here and there aren’t enough birds to support that. Everyone I knew who was guiding back then has got out because it is a circus. Back in the day it was kind of like a hidden treasure. Might have better luck a the Knox city area these days I don’t know. One can still have good hunts around Lubbock but it isn’t nearly as consistent as it once was.

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I will 3rd Stanfield. I have used them with success and will return next chance I get.


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Re: Goose Outfitters West Tx [Re: Sewer rat] #8289351 06/09/21 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Sewer rat
I guided hunts out of Lubbock for 6 years. Started an outfit over twenty years ago that is still in operation today. I have been out of the game for a long time but I am not sure if I would recommend anyone come to Lubbock at this point. When I was doing it there were two really respectable full time outfitters and ocassional weekend warrior / college kid outfits that would pop up from time to time. Now I think there are something like twenty outfitters here and there aren’t enough birds to support that. Everyone I knew who was guiding back then has got out because it is a circus. Back in the day it was kind of like a hidden treasure. Might have better luck a the Knox city area these days I don’t know. One can still have good hunts around Lubbock but it isn’t nearly as consistent as it once was.


Thats what I have heard as well.


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Re: Goose Outfitters West Tx [Re: 2flyfish4] #8289488 06/09/21 04:00 PM
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Lubbock still has awesome bird numbers . Lots of guides . But there are still great outfits that shoot their birds day in and day out . Just do your homework when it comes to going on a guided hunt for any species !

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I go about every 3rd year with Blackfoot out of Lubbock. Have always been good hunts for both cranes and geese.


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Blackfoot is one of the originals out there and have consistently been a great Guide Service.

I heard Brian recently sold his service and moved to Alaska. Not sure who he sold it to confused2

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Blackfoot was great. Brian did sell and move to Alaska. I have spent dozens of days in the field with him in Texas and Canada and no one I have met worked harder to put people on birds. I have no idea who he sold it to and if the quality of hunts is still there or not.

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Blackfoot is still carrying on with business like it always has . Had to change the name a little bit but still the same Blackfoot . www.blackfootoutdoors.com

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Re: Goose Outfitters West Tx [Re: toolmaker] #8291630 06/11/21 02:14 PM
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I'm the world's worst with names so I don't remember the name of the owner last time we went out with them in Dec of 2019. We had 3 great hunts with them that trip. Owner took us out on the last hunt and brought his young son out with him. Kid was maybe 5 or 6. I was a little worried at first but that kid was worth the price of admission alone. He worked his tail off!

He was setting up and picking up decoys, walking 1000 yards across a field to get birds up. Taking the dogs out to get cripples. And the whole time, he was giving the younger guides hell and talking trash like he was 40 years older, but it was all clean and appropriate for a young kid.

Don't know who that kid was but need to find him in 15 years when he's guiding on his own. If he keeps learning and keeps that work ethic up, he's gonna be a hell of an outfitter.


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Re: Goose Outfitters West Tx [Re: migr8tr] #8294034 Yesterday at 11:51 AM
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Originally Posted by migr8tr
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Blackfoot is still carrying on with business like it always has . Had to change the name a little bit but still the same Blackfoot . www.blackfootoutdoors.com


The business still exists but is under new ownership. I have no idea if the new operation is as good as the old one or not but it definitely isn’t ran by the same guy so saying it is the same isn’t exactly right.

The new owner / operator may be awesome and offer the same high quality hunts or he may not. I don’t know but he has some big shoes to fill. A guide service isn’t like a McDonald’s in that they are all pretty much the same regardless of who is running it. How things are done and the quality of the hunts really depends on who is running it and has very little to do with a name they bought.

Again I am not trying to bash the new ownership or say anything bad about them or recommend someplace else. I have been out of the game over a decade. I’m just saying don’t assume a hunt with them now will be like ones in years past. It might be better, it might be worse, but one way or another it will likely be different as someone else is running the show.

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Re: Goose Outfitters West Tx [Re: toolmaker] #8294316 Yesterday at 05:09 PM
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I can tell you that Derek does a great job. He be learned from the best. Lol
He worked for me for 10 years and then Brian.
Gumbeaux if you hunted with the owner in 2019 that was Derek and his son.


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