The days of bagging honkers using a black garbage bag as a decoy are gone
Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public B tommy hilfiger uk logBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosYup, black plastic bags we bunched into basketball sized lumps by rolling up from beneath, resting on the green turf of Willamette Valley grass fields.Even shot a couple, one of them with a leg band from the early days of their management on the Copper River Delta near Cordova, Alaska.That was in the 1970s, of course, well before the onset of today’s tightly restricted goose hunt in northwest Oregon perhaps the most restrictive goose hunt in the world, by the way.Right up until last year, I continued to insist a hunter could kill just as many Canada geese with garbage bags as he or she could with a $50 or $60 top of the line Dave Smith Decoy, hand painted down to in tommy hilfiger uk dividually detailed feathers.My statement probably is still true, in fact if you’re hunting the large, dark and lumbering eager to decoy duskys. In the ’70s, there were few other geese in the valley. Today’s complex menagerie of Taverner’s, lessers, cacklers, westerns and others are street smart geese that have seen every decoy, and duskys are so troubled that hunters who shoot one get their per tommy hilfiger uk mits canceled.My garbage bags are again filled with trash instead of hype.I bought mine used, a dozen each of lessers and honkers. They’re extraordinarily expensive.And, as I found this past week, extraordinarily worth it. Two dozen DSDs are better than five or six dozen of any other decoy I’ve seen.Sunday: Jack Hart of Gig Harbor, Wash., and I set out the decoys and settle in for a four hour wait through dense fog as nothing flies . . . no ducks, no geese, no raucous crows. Even the usually erratic starlings huddle miserably in nearly leafless trees. the fog lifts slightly. Moments before I have to leave for an appointment, a dozen cacklers fly over, turn and circle the decoys. I drop one.Wednesday: Son Bill Jr. and I set out just the honkers in the clear morning air, but nothing flies low enough to be drawn to our set. I wander away at 11 to tend to other chores, after admonishing my also wandering son (where does he get that?) to stay close to the decoys.We set the honkers downwind on one side, the lessers bunched close on the other. They’re designed to rest on stakes and move with the wind. From a distance the set comes alive in the stiff breeze.By 7:50, with 10 minutes left, a dozen tommy hilfiger uk real geese have landed and are happily feeding in the middle of the decoys.Merrill hasn’t yet shot a goose in the permit zone and can barely contain himself.We fill our limits of Canadas by noon and settle back in the rain and watch as the geese keep trying to thread neighbor sets and blinds to get into our decoys.”It’s actually kind of painful to shoot your limit so soon,” Merrill finally blurts out.This is not, by the way, a paid advertisement for DSDs. Smith and his partner, Brad Cochran, have orders backed up for weeks from across the United States and Canada.It might even be too late for Santa.Close call: At the check station Thursday (the Northwest Permit Zone hunt is usually Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday but is scheduled separately for the state managed wildlife area), one of my geese narrowly missed being punched by the checker.Its breast, dampened by the rain, showed darker than other lesser Canada geese. But it also had been much lighter in contrast to the geese it was flying with when I shot it and was far from the typical chocolate chest of the traditional dusky Canada goose.