Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Its hard to believe that we are already celebrating Christmas!  It seems like we were just cutting up the turkey at our Thanksgiving dinner.  Wow where does the time go?!  Things have slowed down the last two weeks around Rochester and have brought us back down to reality.  We have had warmer than normal temps and rain and fog which has really brought the good hunting to a screeching halt.  Instead of the 20-30 bird shoots we have had the 5-15 bird shoots with a nice 22 goose hunt last Saturday.  With the temps starting to drop in the next few days it should get these geese out of the grass in town and start looking for corn and beans!  We will be hunting until January 5th so its not to late to get down here and shoot a fat goose or three!
Most of all, Bryce and myself want to wish everyone a joyous and heartfelt Merry Christmas!  
Picking Up Decoys Is A Family Event!  My Wife Wendy, Daughter Aubrey and Son Kelton Helped Me Pick The Spread
Foggy Hunts The Last Two Weeks

Hawk With A Rochester Giant

8 Geese In The Fog With The Moshel Group

Terry's Group On A Good Shoot!

A 36 Bird Whackfest!

Who Wants To Shop On Black Friday When You Can Be Doing This?  Awesome Hunt!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

What a great week of hunting we've been able to enjoy!  The new geese that migrated in a couple of weeks ago have made a lot of happy hunters at Last Pass.  There have been many big shoots taking place and its always a joy to see such happy hunters.  I can't believe how great our season has been and just when we think it should slow down, it ramps right back up for another fun hunt! 

For years Rochester was a resting spot for EPP (Eastern Prairie Population) Canada geese but lately they've been migrating more towards the western part of the state and we've seen more "local" geese that have been raised in Minnesota.  Well this year and last year we have seen a shift in the migration back to Rochester!  A lot of the geese harvested around town have been the smaller EPP geese this last week. 

Thanksgiving is about recognizing what we all should be thankful for.  Today in between eating turkey, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie and before the kickoff to one of the three football games, think of what you are truly thankful for.  I'm thankful for many things...  The first and foremost would be my family.  I'm blessed to have a supportive wife and two beautiful children.  This time of year they sacrifice a lot of time spent with me during the grind of the season and I appreciate them always being there for me.  I'm also thankful for God giving us such wonderful birds like waterfowl.  Ducks and Geese are such an amazing bird and we are lucky to be able to hunt them.  Last I'm thankful for all the hunters who choose us as an outfitter!  Bryce and I are lucky to do what we do and without all our loyal hunters we couldn't do this. I hope everyone that hunts with us realizes that we try to go above and beyond when it comes to goose hunting. 

All of us at Last Pass Guide Service wish everyone a safe and joyful Thanksgiving! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

Snow Days!

Monday and Tuesdays snow created great hunting conditions for us in Rochester!  It also brought in many new and uneducated geese which are always a pleasure to hunt.  Three of us ventured out Tuesday to try our luck and it paid about 35 minutes!  The first sign that we would have a great hunt was when I had 20 decoys out and a migrator flock of 40 balled up and came down to 35 yards before realizing that the truck and trailer in the middle of their plastic friends probably represented bad things.  We barely got back to the pits when the first flock of 18 came down and finished at 10 yards.  We next had another good group of 14 come right into the kill hole and Eric and Trevor finished their limits.  Five minutes later a pair did it right and we were all done for the day.  During the action I was able to take a few photos of the geese and how close they were landing!

Trevor, Chad and Eric

This pair was beautiful

Another Bunch Getting In Tight!

Thursday Bryce took a group out and they barely had enough time to eat a sandwich before the shooting was all over.  The geese came out fast and they were hungry but to bad for them there were 6 guys waiting with a good looking trap set!  The boys shot well and by 10:45 when the smoke cleared there were 18 geese laying on the ground.  A great hunt with good people!

Thursdays Whackfest!
Obviously the geese are here and they are the ones we love to hunt.  Bryce and I have been saying all year to get here and take advantage of these great hunts.  Believe it or not but hunting will get tough one of these days.  I hope it isn't soon because all these great hunts are a ton of fun to be on!
Call me or Bryce to get in on one of these hunts!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Get Ready!!!

It's getting to be that time of year again! Cold, snow and lots of giant canadas!!! There has been a slow trickle of new geese coming in and they are easy and naïve to decoy spreads and calling. We watch the start of a small migration Saturday and it carried over into Sunday. Sunday afternoon was a very good hunt with a lot of these new birds decoying well for us. We had a fun group out there and the four of us were able to shoot our 12 geese and eight bonus mallards!

Before we hunted on Sunday we went out to one of our new fields and got that one ready. This new field is going to be a burner for us! "The Windmill" is a nice hilltop overlooking a traditional great flight path. They'll decoy into this field perfectly since it has a beautiful flat for a landing zone!

Eric, Christian, Skylar and Kelton


Skylar with another big goose 

The crew working on "The Windmill" 

After! I'd say the pits are INVISIBLE!
Pete and The Chad with a greenhead shoot of a lifetime!

These next two pictures showed what we got to witness for over an hour and a half.  The show that these mallards gave us will always be etched in our minds!  Simply amazing watching hundreds of mallards backpedal at one time in front of us only 10 yards away.  Thank you to Chad and Pete for not wanting to shoot into the mass and letting us enjoy the show!  True sportsmen through and through.

Monday and Tuesday brought us a dusting of snow and even more birds for this coming weekend.  If you are thinking about hunting geese this year it is officially GO TIME!  These geese are new and they are fun to hunt.  A few of us went out on Tuesday and had a great time decoying geese up close and personal.  Pictures and a blog will be up soon on Tuesdays hunt and Bryce has a group going out tomorrow.  Give us a call to line up a hunt of a lifetime!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

The Grind Continues

The hunting continues to be amazing to say the least! I'm starting to sound like a broken record but I love it!  We are picking up some new geese in Rochester which is adding to the good hunting.  Bryce and I are very fortunate to have the hottest field in Rochester and we have been taking advantage of it!  We aren't over hunting it and that is keeping the birds in our "zone".   Besides all the geese we've been shooting, this is the best duck hunting we have ever seen...EVER in Rochester!  Ducks are always a bonus for us and this year we've had plenty of bonus birds!

10 Mallards and 7 Geese

The Chad and Jeremy on another successful hunt

If you listen closely you can hear a rumbling sound going on out in all our fields.  That rumbling would be a sound Bryce and I have been anxiously waiting for since September 6th... The rumbling of combines harvesting our fields!  Most people think of the beginning of November as Deer season and this year I'd have to agree with them because that's all I can think about too.  Except my thoughts aren't about a giant buck walking under my stand, my thoughts are about a John Deere and hopefully getting all our fields clear of corn and beans!
By the end of this next weekend we will have all our fields up and ready to hunt.  A lot of people don't realize the time and effort it takes to get these fields huntable.  We have a great group of guys that step up and bust their butts to help me and Bryce out and we would like to thank them!  These guys remind me a lot of offensive linemen in football... When the hide is good in these fields and Bryce and I put guys on a good hunt we look good but it is truly the guys behind the scenes that helped put our hunters in a well hidden pit!  A big thanks to Charlie, Dave, Bob, Jeremy, Trevor, Christian and Eric.  Take a look at the pics below and let us know if you think they did a great job!



Sunday afternoon was a hunt that Bryce and I have been planning/dreaming about all summer.  We wanted to take our sons on a nice warm goose hunt where the geese would cooperate and the boys could watch as flock after flock finished perfectly.  Since it was an afternoon hunt the boys had to wait all day for us to go to the field.  Kelton was actually pacing in the house waiting for us to go!  Both Brady and Kelton were jacked up ready to watch mother nature at her best.  It wasn't long after setting up that the first birds came out.  It was a pair that bellied in perfectly and Bryce sat up and shot both of them as Kelton, Brady and I watched.  We then had a good group of 12 come in and Bryce shot his last one and I whiffed twice and recovered for a bird on my third shot.  A short time later 3 geese came in perfectly dead center of us and I shot my last two!  The kids were ecstatic going out with us to pick up our limits of geese!  This hunt will go down as one that I will never ever forget.  From Brady singing while geese are coming in to Kelton yelling geese every time we had birds on a string.  There were so many things we were laughing about out there its hard to remember them all.  Kelton put it simply as this, "Dad there are geese...EVERYWHERE!  This is awesome!"  And he was right, this hunt was awesome!

Kelton Hauling Back A Rochester Giant

Last Pass Guide Service Future Guides!  My Son Kelton On The Left And Bryce's Son Brady On The Right. 

Packing Up The Trailer

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Get Here! It's On!!!

Amazing, unbelievable, outstanding, to fast, incredible, awesome, and simply WOW!  That is a few of the words to describe the last 2 weekends of hunting.  In all the years of guiding goose hunters Bryce and I have never seen hunting this good and this consistent.  For it only being the end of October we usually don't have this consistent of hunting.  We always say that October is the easiest month of hunting.  If you see a flock of geese we'll kill them usually.  The problem is we usually don't see hundreds or thousands but this year is a lot different!  We're always truthful with our hunters and we always tell them that there is never a guarantee when it comes to goose hunting but these hunts have been as close as it comes to a guarantee!  We have around 500 geese and 100 mallards feeding in one of our leases everyday.  At Last Pass we are managing this hot field the way it needs to be, by not burning it out.  We are hunting a total of 5 hunters plus 2 guides and that's it!  These are layout blind hunts only since the lack of corn being harvested is hurting us with our pitted fields. 
Like I said earlier, this field is LOADED with birds!  The hunting has been a ton of fun and I have to thank all our hunters for the good times.  The key to keeping the great hunting is to get our limit quick and then leave the decoys so the remaining geese can come out and feed without being disturbed.  And trust me, the plan has worked perfectly!
The first hunters we had were a father/son named Mike and Sam.  It was Sam's 13th birthday and what a present his dad gave him!  The hunt lasted a whopping 17 minutes.  You know hunting is good when it takes longer to set decoys than it does to shoot the limit of geese!  We  were able to shoot into 2 flocks to get the 12 geese so that helped preserve the field for future hunters.  It always helps when the first flock of 6 for the day comes out and the guys shoot 5 outta 6...which I'd like to give props to Sam for shooting a triple on that flock!  This kid is a really good shot and as you can see in this pick, his smile was brighter than the rising sun this day!
Our next hunt took place this last Saturday and it was also a great hunt.  It was cloudy and that hurt the goose flight but it didn't dampen the hunt!  We had numerous flocks in tight and it took the guys a couple flocks to warm up but unfortunately for the geese the guys got into a good rhythm and it didn't take to long for them to shoot their limit of geese.  We still were able to get out early enough to let a few flocks of geese come in and feed.  Once again we sat at the trucks and got to watch birds belly into the decoys and feed right next to our blinds!
Sunday mornings weather was opposite of Saturdays cloud cover.  It was sunny, good 10-15 mph south wind and we had waterfowl that didn't even circle but bellied right in!  The action was fast and the hunt was short!  The first flock to come out was a nice flock of 11 mallards and when the smoke cleared we harvested 7 or them!  A flock of 8 geese decided that our decoys looked good and they glided in to 15 yards and we put a hurt on them.  Another 5 ducks worked beautifully and we knocked them all down.  We were 2 hen mallards away from the limit on hens so the group decided to hold off on shooting anymore ducks which was a great idea even though we had 2 other bunches come right in.  The flock of 3 hens and 2 drakes actually hovered over our blinds at 5 yards!  Apparently our spread was the place to be because the next few flocks of geese played copycat to the first one and before we knew it we were all done!  This hunt lasted just under 60 minutes and then we were able to sit at the trucks and talk smart while the remaining geese rolled out to our field to have some breakfast. 
These hunts are booking up fast, I mean really fast!  If you are wanting a fun morning hunt give me or Bryce a call.  Remember that these hunts are out of layout blinds and not pits and we are only hunting mornings.  This is as good as it gets when it comes to hunting!  Don't be fooled because its not cold and snowy, this is goose hunting at its finest! 
Mike and Sam with a 17 minute limit of 12
Me and Bryce Hauling Geese Out of the Field Quickly
Saturday's Limit with a Bonus Mallard

Sunday's Slaughter, Limit of Geese and 11 Mallards

 This is the look that a dog gives when it can't go hunting with us! 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Duck Opener

The duck/goose season opened September 27th and it found us hunting one of our wood duck holes on the mighty Mississippi River backwaters. When scouting the area we noticed it was holding a fair amount of geese along with some mallards and of course good amounts of woodies. Of course Bryce and myself were excited to shoot some geese on our duck hunt! We had a good wind and our hide was perfect as shooting time neared. Pretty soon shooting time came and went without a duck being seen! It was the longest 10 minutes of legal shooting time before we saw our first ducks of the 2014 season. A flock of 5 woodies dumped in and we shot 3. We had good bird activity from that point on and we finished the opener with 13 woodies and 4 geese for 5 guys. We should've had our limit of woodies with the 2 remaining guys getting more than their fair chances at ducks!

Sunday was a lot tougher with not as many ducks being seen. We ended the day with 3 guys shooting 5 woodies and 2 geese. Not huge numbers but a good time for sure!

We were still open Monday so I decided to take Kelton out for a quick morning goose hunt. We were able to shoot 3 geese quick and get out of the field before the main push came out. And the best part was the third bird was banded! With Kelton only being three he doesn't understand daily limits so he was upset that we had to leave the field so early when geese were still flying! He wanted to stay out and shoot more!

This weekend, Oct. 11th, we open back up and it's looking to be pretty decent. We've had great waterfowl weather with cold winds and a hard North wind blowing for 3 days straight. I know Rochester has picked up a pile of new geese and from the reports I'm getting from my friends up north birds have been pushing south all weekend. 

Nothing Prettier than a Drake Wood Duck

Hawk at Our Woodie Hole on Opener

Backwater Beauty

Hawk on Another Goose Retrieve

The Middle Decoy Took On A Few (20+) BB's And Doesn't Float So Well Anymore! But The Guy "Was Sorry!"

Kelton And Hawk

And I'd like to announce a new member to the Last Pass family... Meet Josie! She's a little yellow lab pup that you'll see out in the fields starting next spring in Missouri.  Bryce and his family got the pup Sunday of opening weekend when it was 8 weeks old.  She's a great looking pup and we are all excited to see her in the field in the upcoming years!


Friday, September 26, 2014

On to the Regular Season!

Unfortunately the Early goose season is over and along with that so is the five bird limit. But with the end of that early goose season brings on the regular season and also the chance to shoot ducks! We closed out the early goose season with a bang. We were able to take advantage of some naïve geese using one of our fields. It was a lot of fun but now I am ready to bring on some new birds with hopefully a little push coming in the next couple of weeks of some new geese.

 I am amazed at how much the leaves have changed color in the last week! It's a true sign that fall is officially here! And with the changing of the season it's time to get everybody's mind on hunting and getting out and bagging some geese! We have a field holding 2 to 300 geese in it daily. Give us a call and we will line you up on a hunt.

 This weekends duck hunting opener looks to be something special. There is a pile of wood ducks around the area with some sprinkling of teal and a handful of mallards. I'm hoping the group that we have going on Saturday throws up a dirty pile!

Another Big Bunch Working Into the Honey Hole

Bryce and Jeremy After the Hunt

Everyone Loves Bands!

I Couldn't Make It Through The Early Season Without Showing One Of Our Many Good September Hunts! 

Good luck to everyone that is going out chasing ducks and geese this weekend! Please be safe shoot straight and enjoy time in the great outdoors with family and friends!