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Crock Pot Snow Goose Stew

Friday, March 14th, 2014

Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 14 Hours
It is best to start this before you leave for work or the night before your meal.

Ingredients:
(3) Whole Goose Breasts
10 Cups Of Water
8 Cups Beef Broth or Stock (Can Be Substituted with Bullion, 12 Pieces)
1 Large Onion Chopped
6 Large Russett Potatoes Cut In Large Cubes
2 Medium Carrots
1 Can Whole Kernel Corn
1 Can Peas
1 Can Green Beans

Directions:
Cut goose breasts into quarters and place in the crockpot. Fill the crockpot with 10 cups of water. Depending on the crockpot, cook on high 8 hours or low for 12 hours. Once complete the goose should fall apart. Drain with a strainer and add to crockpot. Add the rest of the ingredients and cook on high for 2 hours.

 

Field Test | Bucket List Ranch | Lookout, Ca

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

We been talking to Brad Hunter of Ash Creek Outfitters about field testing his new lodge, The Bucket List Ranch, in Lookout, Ca for a couple of months. He had advised us that he would give us a call when the geese show up and that call came in about the first week of January. We booked our tickets and were scheduled to show up the last weekend of goose season. For some odd reason the Northern California Zone opens and closes early. We were pumped up and could not wait to shoot some honkers.

We flew out of San Diego into Sacramento Thursday night, the 12th. Later we realized it is about a 4.5 hour drive from Sac. After talking to Brad, he recommended flying out of Reno in the future. We made a quick stop in Willows to pickup John, and we were on our way. We came into Lookout at about 4:00 am. Brad and Alison had the bunk house warm and ready to go for us. Coffee was on and it was going to be a no sleep day. After a great breakfast provided by the Brad, we  set out for our hunt.

We met Ty Nay, guide at The Bucket List Ranch, in the field. The property we were hunting was located directly on the pit river. It was recently obtained by Brad and they had been killing quite a few geese on it prior to us coming up. We were pit blind hunting on a dry field just off the river. It is pretty cold up there, the first morning it was 12 degrees outside. Not what we are used to hunting the rice fields in the Sac Valley or So. Cal. Most of the birds did not want to move until about 9:00 am when the sun had warmed the air just past freezing. At about 9:30 we had our first group of birds work in. They did not wan to play for some reason, so after the first pass we took them at about 40 yards. Down came one greater. There was a pretty long pause after that in activity. Around 11:00 am the birds really starting moving. We had 15 birds come in from the east and lock right up on us. They circled once and proceeded to bomb in. There was a slight breeze, so they decoyed in a little sideways, as the wind had changed from when we set up. We all get up when the birds are feet down 15-20 yards and whiff. One bird come down and Ty, the guide, is the only one to drop anything. We basically felt like slapping ourselves, this was our chance to load up and leave. That set the tone for the day and we felt like we were all rookies. Oh well, it happens. 30 minutes later we had another group come in and down come 2 more. We were happy with what we shot and beat tired, so we decided to call it a day at noon. Of course as soon as we went to load up decoys, we had groups of birds working.

Day 2 was a cold one. We woke up to 3 degree weather. It was really cold. We decided to setup on the river in a small blind they had setup on the bank. Brad and Ty broke a nice hole in the ice on the river, and tossed duck and goose floaters in.

It was freezing cold, but we were determined to kill some birds. It was a slow start, nothing wanted to move. Around 10:00 am,  3 Mergansers came charging down river and met a few 12 gauges. We killed all 3 quickly and the skunk was off. We stuck around until noon and NOTHING wanted to move. We saw a few flocks of geese in the distance that would get up and go right back down. They did not want to go anywhere.

Day 3 was the last day of goose season and it seemed as though anyone for 50 miles knew it. The first 2 days we saw no one going to hunt, but today it seemed as though the community had come out of their shells for one last day of goose carnage for the year. We made it to the field and set up in the pit blind again hoping it would be as productive as day 1. Around 9:30 we had a lot of birds moving. Lots of Lesser’s and Specks in the area. We called in a few flocks that were very weary from being shot off the roost that morning. Nothing wanting to decoy and finish. At 10:30 we had a group of Lesser’s come take a look. They came in 40-45 yards. We drop a couple and that was our day. There was a storm approaching and the highway in can get very sketchy when it is snowing. We knew we needed to pack it up and get out of town. We headed back to a great lunch and we were on our way back to Sacramento.

Brad Hunter and Alison are some of the most accommodating people we have ever had the pleasure of staying with. Their lodge is first rate, and their food is incredible. We ate like kings the entire time we were their. With meals like Sweet and Sour Goose, Rib Eye Steaks, and homemade soup (everyday) you never go hungry.

The bunk house is like a really nice cabin. The beds are full size bunks and brand new, very comfortable mattress’s. Flat screen TV with satellite cable, phone and a wood burning stove make you feel like you are right at home.

Brad plans on hunting his 600 acre ranch starting next year which the lodge lies upon. You will be able to sit on the patio and watch birds on the ponds.

He has dug 2 good size ponds and built up islands. These ponds are the first source of water in the valley coming over the ridge from Tule Lake. Fields adjacent to these ponds are planted with wheat.

Heated blinds with full power are currently under construction. These will be very nice and comfortable even on the coldest days. Power to the ice eaters in the pond will be controlled from the blind.

The Bucket List Ranch is first rate and one of the most peaceful places in California. Brad and Allison are great Outfitters and have some of the finest property in the area. They are taking reservations for next season and for Trout season this summer. In addition to the bunk house, they have (2) RV spots with full hookups.

Bucket List Ranch

Hunters Ash Creek Outfitters
5515 County Road 87

Lookout, Ca  96054

Phone: (530)708-1000

bucketlistranch@yahoo.com

huntersashcreekoutfitters@yahoo.com

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Pan Sauteed Duck Breasts with Orange Liquer and Black Cherry Sauce

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Pan Sauteed Duck Breasts with Orange Liquer and Black Cherry Sauce


10-12 wild duck breasts-no skin.
cajun poultry seasoning
4 Tbsps. Olive oil
1/2 cup finely diced onions
1 Tbsp. minced garlic
3/4 cup Orange Liquer
1~2 Tbsps brown sugar (if unsweetened preserves are used)
1/2 cup Black Cherry preserves
1 Tbsp. real lemon juice
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1 stick of real butter cut into 8-10 pieces
salt and cracked black pepper to taste


To Cook:


Heat olive oil over Med. High heat in a 12″ saute pan. place duck breasts on a baking sheet and pat dry with paper towels. season duck breasts on both sides with cajun poultry seasoning. Sear duck breasts (in two batches) 3-4 minutes per side and remove to a plate to rest. In the same pan, add onions and garlic, saute 4-5 minutes until onions are clear. Add Orange liquer and stir in until pan drippings are loose. Add lemon juice and pour in liquid on plate from resting duck breasts into the sauce pan-(do not add the duck breast yet!) reduce the liquid to 1/2 volume. Reduce heat to med. low, add Black Cherry preserves and brown sugar and stir to melt preserves. Add dried thyme and stir. cook 2 minutes, then add butter a few pats at a time and stir constantly until all is incorporated. Season to taste with salt and cracked black pepper.


To serve:


slice two breasts cross grain and fan out on a plate. cover the duck with the sauce, just enough…don’t drown it in the sauce.
Serve with a side salad and a nice Pinot Noir!

New West Side Field Update – Sac Valley

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Report from Kenny 5:18 p.m.

1/2/2011
5 hunters hunting the new West side field.

10 Specks : 7 Snows
Weather: Blue Bird Skys

1/3/2011
3 hunters hunting the new West side field.

7 Specks :6 Snows
Weather: Blue Bird Skys

 

Duck & Quail Hunt – Potrero, Ca

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

10/26/2011

We decided to hunt our local pond on a private ranch in Potrero, Ca. The ranch is loaded with Quail, Dove and some Ducks. It makes for a great morning shoot being it is so close to home when we are in town during the season.

We started the morning a little slow with a few Gadwall working in about 30 minutes after shoot time. (3) birds came in and splashed down in front of us. The pond is in a  canyon , and the light is a little low first thing int he morning. We let them sit for a few, then gave them hell. One came down and my gun went click on another that was an easy shot. Time to clean my gun.

After that it was getting near 7:00 am. We had a couple groups of birds circle us. The first was a leery group of widgeon. Normally this pond has little to zero pressure and these birds work right in. This was not the case today, as we hammered on these birds only a few days before. The widgeon smelled a rat and did not want to decoy. We probably should have called the shot, but did not.

At 7:15, we had a pair of Gadwall that came right in as we were jabber jawing. They had no idea we were even there. Needless to say, they did not leave. From there on out it was a little slow.

At 8:10, we had  a lonesome hen pintail come cruising by while we were walking around. We froze and let the bird work in. She rounded off our morning.

From there we walked up to the top of the property and proceeded to put the lead to some quail. This property is LOADED with quail. We started in our usual spot and worked for about 15 minutes until we found the first covey. This covey had 100+ birds in it. We each pulled a bird off of the first flush. Then proceeded to knock them around the hillside for 7 birds in about an hour. We lost a few in the thick brush, which is always a heart breaker.

All in all it was a great day.

Delevan

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Delevan has been a little slow the past few days with this new moon phase. Last week was nothing but limits.  7 days after this moon, it should be right back to business again. For updated reports on Northern California hunting contact Kill Zone Outfitters 888-866-5455.

 

2012 California Waterfowl Regulations

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

2011/12 WATERFOWL REGULATIONS BY ZONE

This information is provided to you as a general guide only. Please refer to the California Department of Fish and Game website or other materials for official information.

REGULATION HIGHLIGHTS FOR ALL ZONES:
**The duck season is > 100 days, and the bag limit 7 birds/day in all zones.
**The white-front limit is now 6 for most zones.
** 5-Day late season for white-fronted geese & white geese in BOS Zone.
**”Electronic” Spinning wing decoys will be allowed from December 1 until the season ends (statewide).

BALANCE OF STATE ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 22, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 5, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Brant Special Management Areas: Northern Brant, November 6, 2011 through December 5, 2011. Balance of State Brant, November 12, 2011 through December 11, 2011; 2 per day, 4 possession.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and 5, 2012.
Early Resident Canada Goose Season: October 1, 2011 through October 5, 2011 (Except in the North Coast Special Management Area)
Late White-front and White Goose Season: February 18, 2012 through February 22, 2012
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Which may include up to 6 white geese and up to 6 dark geese.
Early Resident Canada Goose Season: 6 Canada geese
Sacramento Valley Special Management Area: No more than 2 white fronts may be taken only from October 22, 2011 until December 21, 2011. For more information on the Sacramento Valley Special Management Area limits and boundaries, please refer to California State Waterfowl Regulations.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 22, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 5, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and February 5, 2012.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Of which only 6 may be white geese and only 3 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

NORTHEASTERN CALIFORNIA ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks: October 8, 2011 through January 20, 2012.
Scaup: October 8, 2011 through January 1, 2012.
Geese: October 8, 2011 through January 15, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: September 24 and 25, 2011.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Which may include up to 6 white geese, up to 6 dark geese, of which only 2 may be large Canada geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

SOUTHERN SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks: October 8, 2011 through October 30, 2011 and November 12, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 12, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Geese: October 22, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and February 5, 2012.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, of which only 2 can be female; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 8. Which may include up to 6 white geese or 6 dark geese. Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

COLORADO RIVER ZONE
Seasons:
Ducks and Geese: October 21, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Scaup: November 5, 2011 through January 29, 2012.
Special Youth Hunt Days: February 4 and February 5, 2012.
Limits:
Ducks: Daily bag limit: 7. Which may contain 7 mallards, but not more than 2 female mallards or Mexican-like ducks; 2 pintail; 1 canvasback; 2 redheads; 3 scaup.
Geese: Daily bag limit: 6. Which may contain 6 white geese and up to 3 may be dark geese.
Possession Limit Ducks and Geese: Double the daily bag limit.

San Diego Ducks Unlimited Dinner

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Duck Unlimited San Diego Dinner
Ducks Unlimited Dinner San Diego

Corporate tables are $1000.00. They come with 10 tickets and a private shot gun raffle.

Dinner Details
Date: Friday, September 16th
Doors open @ 6pm

Location:
San Diego Mission Valley Marriott – Rotunda Room
8757 Rio San Diego Drive
San Diego, CA 92108

Contact
Ty Young – 619-454-3063
tdyjr27@yahoo.com

Snow Goose Migration Hitting South Dakota

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Snow Goose Migration Hitting South Dakota

PIERRE, S.D. – An annual spectacle of hundreds of thousands of snow geese migrating through the state has begun.  Reports of large numbers of the geese in southeastern South Dakota signals the coming of spring.

“We have been getting lots of reports from our field staff of snow geese from Beresford, Scotland and Yankton,” said South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks Department Terrestrial Chief, Tom Kirschenmann.  “There is a great interest in hunting these birds in the spring.  They move long distances from day to day, and scouting is the key for success.”

To assist hunters with scouting snow geese, GFP has created a Waterfowl Hunting Opportunity Thunderstorm Map.  The map, located at  http://gfp.sd.gov/hunting/waterfowl/migration ,was created last year to help hunters follow duck and goose movements.  GFP will be updating the map frequently with reports from Conservation Officers and other field staff.

“The Thunderstorm Maps have been very popular with hunters,” said Kirschenmann. “They allow hunters to cut down on scouting time, and hopefully increase success.”

Under a Conservation Order, hunters are able to harvest 20 snow, blue phase and/or Ross’ geese a day.  The use of electronic calls and shotguns holding more than three shells is also legal.  The Conservation Order has been a tool used by many states to attempt to control the abundant snow goose population and the damage they have been doing to their Arctic tundra breeding grounds.

Reference: South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks | 523 E. Capitol Ave | Pierre, SD 57501