Four more geese signaled their interest in our spread. Dupuis tuned up the electronic call, and we crouched as the birds approached, drifting sideways a few times before they finally came in just a little wide of the decoys. They saw us, and their wing beats quickened. Filion and I looked at each other and agreed that it was now or never, so we both stood and each downed our first bird of the day.
Everybody got into the action over the next couple of hours. Our bag of 16 birds was highlighted by the adults, which are magnificent, strong birds and the largest of North America’s “light” geese.
The birds would typically come off the river but not often in line with our spread. Upon hearing the electronic call, many flocks turned to take a look at the decoys. After a couple of hours, the snows returned to the river from feeding, and some of these flocks also responded to our decoys and calls.
Dupuis and Mercier have had a long run with good success chasing this magnificent bird that arrives from beyond the Arctic Circle each year. The expansion of greater snows from the area immediately around Cap Tourmente has spread hunting opportunities along the St. Lawrence River lowlands. The freelance hunter can still make arrangements with local landowners, but the demand is increasing. It pays to spend plenty of time scouting before fully committing to the next morning’s hunt.
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