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Sore shoulders are just part of a good goose hunt

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By Shelton Young

 After I whined about the recent early deadlines I had over the holidays, I’m now enduring a self-imposed early deadline, turn in Saturday instead of Sunday.

This one I can live with cause it involves leaving on a snow goose hunting trip. Terry, Billy, Ryan and I are heading to Arkansas to take part in their Light Goose Conservation Order Season.

I don’t need anything but a Kentucky hunting license and a number from Arkansas. Simply call their fish and game department, or go online, and they’ll give you a number. Then you’re good to go. No limit on snow geese, no duck stamp needed and unplugged shotguns. Actually, you can put an extension on your shotgun so it’ll hold nine shells!

And it’s not uncommon to shoot every shell in your gun on each mob of geese that comes in.

When the day’s over you have no shells left and a sore shoulder. And, we’re going to be shooting for three days!

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For over a week the wife and I have been stopping on the bypass to watch the Canada geese on Judge George’s pond.

Not just hundreds of geese, but a hundred or so mallards also.

Friday, when we stopped to look, there was a white swan in among the geese. Not an albino Canada goose, not a snow goose. This was a swan! I’d heard it before but this was the first time I’d seen it!

Would I like to shoot one? Nope, they’re worth a big fine if you do. Plus, the waterfowl season is over for all species.

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The schedule for the Mid-KY Anglers in last weeks’ issue had one error. The July 29 date should have been June 29, Green River, 6 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Now that we can hunt coyotes in Kentucky using lights, coyotes only, shotgun only, I figured I’d give it a try.

After all, I’ve got all the “stuff.” My 12 gauge has a Noxx predator light and a red dot sight. I have the e-caller (electronic caller), number 4 buckshot and camo. All I needed was a coyote!

Now I ask you, what coyote in his/her right mind would hesitate to lay down their life to such a well-equipped hunter?

Well, I went to my secret coyote-rich hunting area. The e-caller was set up about 30 yards away with a nice crosswind to hide my scent, for a while.

The call was turned on and the mournful sound of a rabbit in distress sounded across the frozen field. This went on for about five minutes before I turned on my “scan” light. A scan light is used to look for a coyotes eyes, then you turn on your predator light, which is attached to the shotgun barrel, to take the shot.

Since the coyotes don’t seem to be bothered much by red light, both the lights I use project a red light.

Anyway, when I turned on the scan light I saw eyes about 100 yards out. Then I experienced my first problem with my light system! I had to figure out how to hold a light on my target, not that I was going to try a shot with a shotgun at 100 yards, and hold a shotgun with my other hand. I have since obtained shooting sticks, sticks that cross so you can rest a gun on them.

I guess this night hunting has its own learning curve. But then again, half the fun is figuring out how to do things!

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We’re going to be getting into some fishing pretty soon. Being cold water, several techniques have merit. You can jerk a stick bait, you can crank a rattletrap or try some jig fishing.

If you go the jig route, actually you try them all till you find what they want, you can get some nice, high quality jigs from Jason Spalding. His number is 270-692-8010. He makes them using several top brands of jigs.

So, if you need jigs this spring give him a call.

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That’s it for now. Get out, enjoy what Mother Nature has to offer, stay safe and I’ll see ya next week!