We hunted from pit blinds over a spread of nearly 100 decoys from GHG, including Pro-Grade Honker Shells, nearly indestructible Commercial Grade Full Body Honkers and, still exclusive to Cabela’s, the easy-to-carry and easy-to-pack GHG Pro-Grade Honker 3-D silhouettes. Of course, it wouldn’t be a traditional eastern shore hunt without a few homemade V-boards, too.
Sun and few clouds made for a slow morning, but the crew was optimistic as we could hear hordes of birds on a roost pond less than a quarter mile away. We were told they fly eventually, but the area gets hit hard by local hunters so the quality of the hunt would be anyone’s guess.
Over the next few hours birds trickled in to check out our spread, giving us a few chances at long shots and the dog—a gorgeous 5-year-old Chesapeake Bay retriever named Louie—an opportunity to stretch his legs and flex his jaws.
The GHG Pro-Grade Honker 3-D silhouettes are some of the coolest decoys I’ve seen in a while. Not only can you fit about two dozen in a bag that usually only hold a fraction in full-body, but moving them around for quick changes is literally a breeze.
The new Benelli Super Black Eagle 3 made the trip along with us, and, as you can imagine, was the hot-ticket item in the pit. Everyone had to get their hands on her for a quick feel and shoulder mount.
When the birds refuse to do what you want, it’s nice to have some reach-out-and-touch’em loads hiding in the bottom of your blind bag. Federal's Black Cloud Snow Goose loads are perfect for just such an occasion. They are deadly on honkers that seem to hang at the fringes of “in-range.”
The last of the limits hit the ground just prior to the end of legal shooting light. That also happens to be when the sounds of a goose explosion were heard from the roost pond just out of sight. It seems the goose Gods were about to give us a last-light show.
The show went on for roughly 20 minutes before the birds landed on a high point on the other side of the field, not 300 yards away from us, and then abruptly took off once more and left the area for good.
American Hunter Associate Editor Jon Draper and NRA Publications' Editorial Director John Zent just returned from a late-season goose hunting trip to Maryland’s famed Eastern Shore. The Pro Staff from Avery and Banded provided an opportunity to test the quality apparel from Banded, the awesome decoys from Avery GHG and a chance to experience what the historic area is known for: epic waterfowl hunting.