Monday, March 3, 2014

Hunting zeppelins - a column for Shotgun Life

Photo by R.J. Waldron, Northwind Outfitters
I think it's safe to say that most geese I've killed in my eight seasons of hunting have been crips - birds injured by someone else that then either flew or swam near me in their debilitated state.

Mercy killings. I put them out of their misery, and the hunting gods showed mercy on my pathetic self by putting those birds in my path.

On the rare occasions I've paid for a goose hunt, it's usually been a spectacular failure.

Between that and the fact that I think duck hunting is just more exciting, I tend to run around saying things like "I hate goose hunting."

But I might not be saying that anymore, and you can find out why in my latest column for Shotgun Life.

© Holly A. Heyser 2014


  1. "Goose hunting is slow seduction. It is your racing heart – not your racing hands – that is the attraction. And I think I’d like to feel that again."

    That is a good way to put it. We hunt a LOT of Candas here in Central KY and most of the time you see them 2-3 minutes out from shooting distance. That definitely gets the heart racing. My only problem is that the build up can affect my shooting. I have noticed the last couple of seasons that I shoot much better when they come in fast or when we have ducks zoom in with little notice. Slow birds equal over-thinking, but man I love the sound of geese approaching. We had a lot of feet down birds over a farm pond this year and it was a sight.

  2. I'm the same way - I'd rather move quickly. I do much better when I'm taken by surprise!