We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
If you're set up in the right barley or hay field before 5 am, the Snows will come noisily fluttering into your decoys like this. Hot barrels. Great fun.
You get up at O dark 30, grab a coffee, a Marlboro, an apple and a banana and a handful of granola bars, then drive a while down gravel roads and through vast farm fields and set up early in the chilly field in the dark with the aid of headlights and headlamps. Then you drive the trucks out of the field and hide them behind a distant tree row.
Unlike Canadas with their tough plumage and rugged build, Snows are easily killed. As it is said, "They go down like a prom dress."
I use a beat-up over/under with screw-in chokes. Used to use a semi-auto Browning, but decided a few years ago that having mod/full (or cyl/imp in a snow squall) chokes is more valuable than having a third shot (which is more of a FY salute to a fleeing duck than it is an effective kill shot). Our real duck hunters, the guys from South Dakota down thru Missouri and Arkansas tend to use pumps. One answered my question why by pointing out you can drop a pump into the gritty brown Missouri River, haul it out and keep firing!
Exactly the answer I was looking for, and thanks. After shooting some clay pigeons last week my friend told me he uses an o/u for geese. Beginning as a kid I've always used my old Remington auto (which I still use as a field gun) and I started wondering if the extra shot would be more worth having or not. Of course, his o/u is an awfully nice gun anyway so I guess I'd carry it everywhere too. My old man has an Ithaca 12 pump lying around but I hate the kick on that gun. Newer is better when it comes to pumps, in my opinion. Thanks for the pictures. In fact, to all of you authors here at Maggies, thanks for the travel and outdoors shots on this outstanding blog.