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The excitement had been building to the point that we almost couldn't take it any longer.  Reports had been showing the snow goose migration was in full swing and the landowner where we were hunting was kind enough to keep us informed of the volumes and patterns the birds had been working.

We left midday on Friday, 5 hours later pulled into Tim's driveway with a fresh bucket of KFC and a pickup bed full of layout blinds and steel shot.  We quickly said hello and shuffled into Tim's pickup to go survey our morning set-up.  Within a few hundred yards of the farm, we were in the middle of a tornado...

I've always heard rumor of guys that manage to get themselves on the "X".  Until this hunt, it's only been a dream for me.  We watched the birds pouring in by the thousands it seemed in the sound, the sight the volume of waterfowl was more then I had ever been privy too in my hunting career.  We were on the birds, the perfect setup for a hunt of a lifetime.

We made two runs to a cut corn field, filled the back of a pickup truck twice over to get enough brush to perfectly hide our 8 layout blinds.  Brian managed to roll in just as we finished the last blind, 3 more hunters were rolling out at midnight to make the 5 hour drive for the morning hunt.

When we stepped out of the house Saturday morning, we had no idea what kind of day we were getting ready to have.  Our morning hunt ended with 136 birds on the ground, 158 total for the day. 

It took a full week to get the tenderness out of my shoulder, but I don't think the smile has ever left my face.  A sincere thanks to Tim for his hospitality and to Brian for making the arrangements for a unforgetable hunt! 



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