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Late goose
« on: March 12, 2018, 03:21:19 PM »
Do people not hunt late goose season because of the test or the just simply not know where to go? It is a very enjoyable part of the season especially since there isn't constant blasting around as during the regular season. I had a pretty good season for late goose compared to last year that not only resulted in a few honkers but we also got a couple "rare" ones like a speck and a few snows.

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2018, 04:41:05 PM »
Where does all this late goose take place? Where Iím from late goose lands ya on king 5 news!!

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2018, 05:11:48 PM »
Where does all this late goose take place? Where Iím from late goose lands ya on king 5 news!!
In SW Washington in Zones 2A / 2B they have a late season goose that starts in Feb. and runs through first week of March.
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2018, 05:26:58 PM »
Less participation because the hunts must occur on private property. Public lands are not open or available to hunt during the late goose season.
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2018, 09:53:53 PM »
Less participation because the hunts must occur on private property. Public lands are not open or available to hunt during the late goose season.

I think that part changed slightly.  You can confirm this in the regs.  You can't hunt on WDFW owned property for late goose.  Public lands on the Columbia or various navigable waterways between high and low water mark are fair game to the best of my knowledge.  This was a recent change.
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2018, 10:30:23 PM »
Less participation because the hunts must occur on private property. Public lands are not open or available to hunt during the late goose season.

I think that part changed slightly.  You can confirm this in the regs.  You can't hunt on WDFW owned property for late goose.  Public lands on the Columbia or various navigable waterways between high and low water mark are fair game to the best of my knowledge.  This was a recent change.

Good to know, I hadn't realized that changed.
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2018, 07:31:27 AM »
4 geese out of the pictures were taken on my lease. The others were on legal property that anyone could hunt.

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #7 on: March 13, 2018, 01:22:34 PM »
Less participation because the hunts must occur on private property. Public lands are not open or available to hunt during the late goose season.

I think that part changed slightly.  You can confirm this in the regs.  You can't hunt on WDFW owned property for late goose.  Public lands on the Columbia or various navigable waterways between high and low water mark are fair game to the best of my knowledge.  This was a recent change.

I wish I would have looked into this!

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2018, 08:17:25 AM »
Less participation because the hunts must occur on private property. Public lands are not open or available to hunt during the late goose season.

I think that part changed slightly.  You can confirm this in the regs.  You can't hunt on WDFW owned property for late goose.  Public lands on the Columbia or various navigable waterways between high and low water mark are fair game to the best of my knowledge.  This was a recent change.

I wish I would have looked into this!

Its a fun time. Getting to the spot setting up and then hanging out until about 9 or so when the geese fly.

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #9 on: March 25, 2018, 04:21:00 PM »
Never knew about it ... property access and the Zone 2 Goose "Dusky" ID Test!
Thanks for the post and update Duckgtr!  You've got me pumped for next late season... and hopefully can participate...

WDFW Goose Mgmt Area 2 Identification & Testing
https://wdfw.wa.gov/hunting/canada_goose/

Even after taking the Training and Passing the Test ... How do you guyz tell the difference between a Dusky or Taverner "Tav" ... they all look similar in morning or evening and overcast dim light conditions and hard to identify the body feather contrasts when in flight? ... and the sub-species will sometimes intermix when they decoy or hit the ground... that is really tough to ID and separate the legal from non-legal!  I've seen "Blues" and "Specs" intermix with "Snows"!  I'd be afraid to shoot any Canada Goose Sub-Species ... for fear of targeting the wrong one and loosing my hunting privileges... guess that is the risk for SW WA Goose Area 2?

Any special Tips or Tricks on ID'ing... aside from the training video info?

I did do the training and took the test and would have to say is still a challenge to make correct ID for those "first timer's" who do not see alot of Dusky's in the air or field ...  but, do have a new appreciation for all the Legal Lesser Canadian Goose Sub-Species and won't be targeting them even in other WA Goose Mgmt Areas.     

Don't get me going on that test (a biased test!)... or I'll have to throw out my :twocents: on WDFW!  :bash:  :chuckle:
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #10 on: March 25, 2018, 04:44:33 PM »
I took the training, but I've never done the late goose hunt.

I'm just afraid that I couldn't tell a Dusky until I walked up to it.
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #11 on: March 25, 2018, 05:21:43 PM »
I took the training, but I've never done the late goose hunt.

I'm just afraid that I couldn't tell a Dusky until I walked up to it.

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #12 on: March 25, 2018, 09:27:36 PM »
I've never even heard of it, though I have avoided the Test.  Now I don't live nearby anyways.

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #13 on: March 26, 2018, 06:35:36 AM »
This past late season is the first time I really got a good look at some dusky's that were in the field across the road from my lease. They are noticeably darker. Even with the naked eye, I pulled up the binos just to confirm. I mainly got westerns during late season. I cant wait for early season!

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #14 on: March 26, 2018, 07:35:15 PM »
Dusky's are really dark, the only goose that can be dark like that is a cackler and they are tiny, so take size, and noise into consideration as well as color.
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2018, 03:41:19 PM »
Thanks on the Dusky Info!

That is a nice "Speck" Duckgtr!  Did it decoy or you call it in?

"Speck" is definitely on my Bucket List!
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Re: Late goose
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2018, 10:41:01 AM »
It did when it came in with a flock of honkers, they flew right over the tops of the layouts at about 20 yards. I thought I heard a speck in the flock but thought I may be hearing things. When we got up to shoot I was shot at honkers the first 2 shots and then out of the corner of my eye I noticed the speck and aimed at him for my last shot and folded him as they were heading out.

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Re: Late goose
« Reply #17 on: March 29, 2018, 11:30:54 PM »
 :tup:  Nice Job ... Thanks!
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