Feature Photo Courtesy of USFWS
Sometimes surprises quite literally fall from the sky. This was one of those times.
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A big part of what makes hunting and the outdoors so much fun is the sheer adventure and occasional surprise that the participant is treated to—where else would all of our favorite stories come from? That said, sometimes things don’t go quite as we planned. It’s part of the game, and a potential consequence that every outdoorsman and woman has to be prepared for. Some things, though, you just never see coming—like a goose catching you square in the head while you’re shooting.
It’s not a particularly common occurrence, but it does happen. And I saw it in person for the first time a few weeks back, during a weekend visit to my home state of Delaware. My dad set up a conservation season snow goose hunt a little way from home, so I joined him and a few of his hunting buddies for what would become a very memorable day in the pit.
It was around 9 in the morning when a group of 12 or so snow geese decided they liked the looks of our decoy spread and set up for what a handful of them would find to be a fatal pass. The action would be nearly right above the pit, beginning on the left-hand side, in my dad’s corner. He called the shot, and the scatterguns went to work.