by Shawn Skipper - Saturday, April 8, 2017
After a 24-hour drive from Maryland to Aberdeen, S.D., we didn't mind spending a few days stretching our legs. That said, we did so quite literally—flat on our backs, in layout blinds. As per the norm, we had to chase snow geese across the prairie with our outfitter, Goosehog Outdoors. That meant layout blinds.
For the 2017 conservation season, I opted for the Benelli Super Black Eagle 3. Beyond coming from reliable roots, I liked the idea of having an inertia-driven action. A good spring snow goose shoot can potentially end in triple digits. That's a lot of shooting—it's awfully handy to have a clean-shooting gun on hand. It acquitted itself quite well.
Though the moniker has long been attributed to annual NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, I think it could easily be argued that "March Madness" should really be what we call the Spring Light Goose Conservation Order. Those brave few hunters that partake in it each year understand what I'm saying, at least. Chasing snow geese across the great prairies of the United States can be thrilling and rewarding, but frustrating and taxing—mentally and physically—as well. Associate Editor Jon Draper and I recently returned from our second goose-driven trip to South Dakota. You can get an inside look at our hunt with the photos embedded above.
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