Since some others are posting pics, I guess I'll throw some in.
From my last " froze out " post, a few geese have showed up, and a couple things of interest...
Charlie posted his double banded brant post, and I don't want to take away from that, but that was a Friday, so on Saturday I had prior obligations, so a few geese had showed up, and it was a grey day. So 3 of my buddies grabbed the black silhouettes, and headed to my pit. Needless to say, I got "the texts". Perfect morning, and what do you know, a double banded goose from Ontario...and a limit of geese.
After that, we all left for Maryland, as some others mentioned, cold and ice means ducks normally, but hunting them can be a challenge, Monday was really cold, got run by ice plenty of times, but worth it.
Tuesday brought a "hen" show to town somehow, and a couple wiffs on some drake redheads, made for still a good day, but started giving the hens a pass, but the drake cans just never showed up.
So, one of the guys that was hunting with us in Md. was somewhat of a new waterfowler, and we saw some geese while diver hunting, and he got real excited. I didn't know, but he had never killed a goose before. So I told him, with the snow coming Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning should be a decent day to hunt geese in PA. He agreed, drove from Philly to Chester County in the snow, and it paid off big for him. Just him and I hunted the same pit as my buddies hunted Saturday morning, put out some black flats(which a new waterfowler must have thought I was crazy for using those stupid decoys), and waited. As soon as the snow stopped, I heard a faint honk, as it was cold, and I was hunkered down in the pit. We slowly peak up, and I look left as that's the way most of the birds come from, and I see a flock of about 30, I tell the guy, we have a good chance at these to decoy. He says to me, "what about these"? I look to the front of the pit, and there are 20, feet down, 10 foot off the ground. 2 seconds later, we opened up on them. 3 birds down. Then a single comes, it doesn't leave. 10 minutes later, another flock of 20 does it as perfect as you can do it, right to the hole, last two down. He was on top of the world. I actually feel a little sorry for him, as now he's got the bug real bad, was already telling me before we killed anything how he doesn't even think about deer hunting any more, all he wants to do is hunt ducks. Well now add geese too, I feel sorry for his wallet.
Good luck to all.