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Canada Goose Hunting The Sandhills - Nebraska Style With Black Goose Outfitters
by Dan Wennerlind, Founder, Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge
LARRY FRIMANN - BLACK GOOSE OUTFTTERS
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At around sunset, we pulled into the Black Goose Outfitters camp located in north central Nebraska and I saw my first flock of Giant Honkers overhead. Then another, and another… until I was more than satisfied that we were in the right spot.
We met outfitter Larry Frimann, owner of Black Goose Outfitters and his head guide Mike Meyers at the BGO Lodge and got settled into our rooms and got comfortable in the lounge area, which was most rewarding after our long trip, before they gave us the scoop for the next day’s hunt. Although the recent cold snap that hit the entire upper Midwest over the past couple weeks had frozen up most of their prime duck hunting lakes, the Canada goose numbers continued to build on Larry’s 5 “Private Refuges” located in the immediate area.
After getting to know Larry’s overall operation a little better, I learned that he grew up in the area and has ties will all of the major land owners in the area and has set up a little monopoly if you will, for his goose hunting operation. In fact Larry is so tight with his landowners that he has 5 designated roosting sites for the birds, that stay open year round. Larry can and does leave these important roost sites untouched for the entire season to ensure a "First Class" Canada goose hunt from the start of the season in November, all the way through the end of the season in January. And to top it off, having the ability to harvest a limit of 5 big honkers per day in Nebraska was an added bonus!
After Larry clued myself and my hunting and UWC partner Brandon Crowley in on the Canada goose hunting set up, the conversation quickly turned to spring snow goose hunting. As soon as we started talking “Snow Geese” Larry’s head guide Mike’s eyes lit up like a Christmas tree!
Come to find, Larry has an equally unbelievable set up in SE Nebraska where they hunt the migrating spring snow geese in February and March each year. In fact, Larry runs what sounds like one of the most impressive water set ups for spring geese that I have heard of. He floods a 5 acre parcel of agricultural land every spring and sets a spread of the 600 new Avery full body snow goose decoys on the back side of his pit, with about 6 – 12 inches of water across the flooded parcel, and then puts out 500 Avery snow goose floater decoys in front of the pit in knee deep water. Larry said he is located about 90 miles from the Squaw Creek NWR right in the middle of the migration path north and they are VERY successful all season long pulling in large flocks of migrating snow geese.
After a long evening of talking goose hunting with Larry, Mike and the rest of the hunters in camp that evening it was off to bed at the Black Goose Lodge- which was a very comfortable and relaxing set up. My pup Brandy was even welcomed into my room, so she didn’t have to fend off the cold December night temps in the truck, which was an added bonus.
Larry new exactly where the first batch of birds were coming from. Within an hour of getting set up and situated in the blind, we were covered in geese! Not just one or two flocks, more like 5 or 10 flocks. It was very clear these birds had not been hunted much. We had singles and doubles landing within yards of the bale blind, as we patiently waited for the big flock to swing in front of the blind giving all 5 hunters a clean shot.
Finally we couldn’t take it anymore and the shot was called. Guns were blaring and geese were falling! We quickly covered back up and didn’t skip a beat as more geese kept pouring out from the north east. It wasn’t another 5 minutes then we has a flock of 25 birds actually land about 30 yards to the right side of the blind, which drew even more birds over to us. The shot was called again and more geese hit the ground. Talk about a thrill! I was very happy I had brought as pair of ear plugs along for this hunt as guys were shooting in every directing- the geese were all over us.
For the next 2 ½ hours we had geese coming from three different directions, all to a loafing hay field. It was clear Larry had done his homework on this hunt. By the time the smoke cleared and the geese started heading back to the roosts around 10:30am we had a pile of geese on the ground.
While we ate I had to ask Larry what he did to be able to keep the hunting this consistent all season long. I would have thought that with the goose hunting being this good, they would get smart quick. Larry said he has sole permission to hunt the entire area and with 5 different roost sites in the area holding over 20,000 Canada geese all winter, he is careful to only hunt each area once a week.
In fact Larry stated that this isn’t even his full time job. He simply runs his guide service as a part timer gig since he loves the sport so much and doesn’t want to get burned out. He only guides for geese in the fall 3 days a week. But with all of the effort and equipment Larry has tied up in his operation you could never tell. In fact Larry said he will let the geese sit in a field for up to 2 weeks sometimes before hunting it so his clients are assured to be covered up with birds during the entire hunt!
That evening Larry took me out on a scouting mission to showcase the area. Larry wasn’t kidding, he had geese all over the place. And would normally have very good numbers of ducks as well on his permanent lake set ups if they hadn’t froze over the week before. Larry can usually offer an unbelievable duck and goose combo hunt under normal circumstances.
The next morning, we split up into 2 groups. Each hunting a different field from the day before. Today we were hunting a harvested corn field with goose crap and feathers everywhere. The hunt started off very similar to the previous day with birds coming from several directions. We had a couple singles land in the spread right away and our partner for the day, Jim made quick work of those for us.
Then the action started to heat up with geese in all directions. If there was a downfall to the hunt it was that the blinds were a little hard to see out of and with geese circling in all directions, sometimes it was hard to tell when to call the shot. But we did our best, and ended up with another pile of geese by the end of the hunt. The birds stopped flying around the same time as they did the day before and by 10:30 we were out picking up crippled geese and taking photos again with smiles from ear to ear. Mike had showed us another fantastic day in the goose blind!
After the hunt, we met Larry and the other group back at camp and shared some war stories while we got packed up and ready to head back to civilization. What a trip, I couldn’t thank Larry enough for the great hospitality and incredible Canada goose hunting. When he offered to have us come down and check out his spring operation in a couple months Brandon and I both jumped all over it. Until then….
OFFICIAL CHALLENGE START DATE: AUGUST 9, 2014
We are very excited that you are ready to embark on the journey of a lifetime. The UWC (Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge) was designed to offer the avid waterfowl hunter, such as yourself, the opportunity to become a more well rounded hunter and in the process, experience and document the most rewarding and amazing waterfowl hunting adventures across all four flyways of North America. The challenge itself is very simple and will make you better at duck hunting and goose hunting. You'll also learn about several different styles of hunts that goose and duck hunting guides offer across North America.
3 EASY STEPS TO BECOME A CERTIFIED MASTER WATERFOWL HUNTER
STEP 1: Click on the “Sign Up Today” tab, and register to be a member. There is a one-time lifetime certification fee of $99.00 to get started. Then fill out the form and you'll receive your start up package in the mail within 7 – 10 business days. (Included in your start up package will be an official UWC certificate, hat, t-shirt, handbook and hunter identification card). Your name will also be placed on the UWC website membership page as a Certified Journeyman Waterfowl Hunter.
STEP 2: During the upcoming hunting season(s) as you harvest your game, simply pull out your Official UWC Hunter ID card, snap a clear photo of the head and body of the bird with your Hunter ID card directly underneath it.
STEP 3: Within 60 days of harvesting your bird, simply visit the UWC website and click on the “Register Your Bird” tab. Fill out the short entry fee and pay a small processing fee of $5.00. Then email your photo of your harvested bird to firstname.lastname@example.org and your set!
|BECOMING A CERTIFIED MASTER WATERFOWL HUNTER
|Once you have successfully submitted a minimum of 15 of the 41 UWC Certified Waterfowl species your name and bio will be added to the Master Waterfowl Hunter page of the UWC website and you will receive a custom 14” x 17” wall plaque in the mail. There is no time limit to attain this certification.
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Receive this Custom Master Waterfowl Hunter Plaque when you successfully register 15 of the 41 UWC species
|BECOMING A CERTIFIED MASTER ELITE WATERFOWL HUNTER
|For those die hard waterfowl hunters who want to take it a step further and continue their journey across North America, once you have certified 30 of the 41 UWC Certified Waterfowl species you will be certified as a Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter. You will receive a custom 14” x 17” wall plaque with your favorite photo and and your specific certified species list. Your extensive bio with photo will be added to the Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter’s Page of the UWC website.||(CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Receive this Custom Master Elite Waterfowl Hunter Plaque when you successfully register 30 of the 41 UWC species
|BECOMING A CERTIFIED GRAND MASTER WATERFOWL HUNTER
|For those waterfowl hunters who are a little crazy in the head and go for it all, successfully completing the challenge by certifying all 41 of the 41 UWC certified waterfowl species in North America. You will receive a custom engraved Grand Master Waterfowl Hunter name plated King Eider decoy with wood base. You will also receive a full bio on the Grand Master Waterfowl Hunter page of the UWC website. You have attained the highest level of waterfowl hunter certification across North America and have mastered your skills at both duck hunting and goose hunting!||(CLICK TO ENLARGE)
Receive this Custom Engraved Grand Master Waterfowl Hunter King Eider Decoy with hunters name plated on a wood base when you successfully register all 41 UWC species
Thank you for participating in the Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge and best of luck! Enjoy this and improve both your duck hunting and goose hunting skills. For those hunts that you wish to use a guide, please explore all of the different duck hunting guides available on our website. We've hunted with all of these outfitters and know they offer world class hunts!
The Ultimate Waterfowlers Challenge Team