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Goose Hunting Means Aerobics

Many people I know, perhaps you, think hunting Canada geese over decoys from a heated pit blind is a comfortable, easy thing to do in the out-of-doors. But, I’m here to tell you that it’s not! At least, not with my goose hunting scenario. First there’s the hike in to the blind with gun and associated gear — almost a half-mile in distance.

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Then, there’s the dozens and dozens of decoys to set out which takes about an hour or so to complete.

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After that, you get situated in the blind, however, you’re standing up and sitting down constantly until the Canada geese begin to fly.

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Once the geese fill the air, you’re calling and flagging to attract them to the spread, or, at a minimum, you’re standing for about 90 minutes or more!

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At the conclusion of the hunt, another hour is required for decoy takedown (you forgot about that didn’t you?).

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Oh yeah, and then there’s that half-mile walk back to the truck with all of your hunting equipment and a 7-14 lbs. bird or two, or three, or four or five!

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Let’s not to forget mention the field dressing and cleaning processes on the geese as well. Now, still say goose hunting is a piece of cake? Not so, is it? It’s an aerobic activity and a calorie burner. Workout guru Richard Simmons would be proud … I think.

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About Greg Wagner

A native of Gretna, NE, a graduate of Gretna High School and Bellevue University, Greg Wagner currently serves as the Public Information Officer and Manager for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission's Service Center in Omaha. On a weekly basis, Wagner can be heard on a number of radio stations, seen on local television in Omaha, and on social media sites, creatively conveying natural resource conservation messages as well as promoting outdoor activities and destinations in Nebraska. Wagner, whose career at Game and Parks began in 1979, walks, talks, lives, breathes and blogs about Nebraska’s outdoors. He grew up in rural Gretna, building forts in the woods, hunting, fishing, collecting leaves, and generally thriving on constant outdoor activity. One of the primary goals of his blog is to get people, especially young ones, to have fun and spend time outside!

2 comments

  1. Greg, thanks for the story/pictures. In our modern, cellophane-wrapped world, hunting (and fishing) have some controversy surrounding them. These two activities have provided me with many, many enjoyable memories as father time and medical problems have slowed me down. I wouldn’t trade these memories for anything.

    • Hi Gary,

      No, thank you for sharing your thoughts about hunting & fishing! Those outdoor memories are so priceless aren’t they! I’m still in the collection process for my memorable experiences (and stories), but time, I feel, is waning for me at 51 years of age. I have done my best to pass on these great traditions to family members and friends as I’m sure you have done as well. Thanks for the note and do take care, my friend! Happy 2014!

      “Wags” — Greg Wagner

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