Better late than never, the geese are finally here

After a slow start to goose season due to warm temperatures, recent winter storms have finally pushed a lot of migratory Canada Geese south into Illinois. With plenty of open water and food available up North, the birds have not had any reason to come our way, until now. According to my buddy Mike Brenczewski, there are more birds here in Northern Illinois at one time than he has ever seen. I had a chance to hunt with Mike and few other goose slayers - Ray, Chris and Elias on an awesome goose hunt this morning. With cold and slightly windy conditions, the fresh snow was the icing on the cake creating the kind of conditions goose hunters love.  The birds didn't start flying until about 9, but once they did the action heated up quick. The skies were soon thick with geese. Since a lot of the geese we're hunting are migrating, chances are they have been shot at before. And with plenty of open water and a lot of other fields to choose from not every flock came into our spread. But the ones that did were textbook — wings locked and feet out. After a volley of blasting, we had birds on the ground and Mike's lab, Flash tore after a cripple as if to show us how he got his name.

The birds are here so get after them, we still have a couple weeks. The Canada Goose season in the Northern Zone (above I-80) is open through January 17, 2013. After that you will need to head south. Canada Goose Season is open through January 31 in all other waterfowl zones in Illinois (south of I-80). But check official regulations and the zone map HERE for details.

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