Good early rains have goose hunters egg-static
THE factors that control our hunting prospects annually are: Habitat, climate, weather, water levels, access and breeding.
Most of these factors are intertwined and purely natural. Some we can influence but never control. One we would like to control.
Last Wet Season was the biggest dud in 30 years for those that depend on rain.
The Top End weather and climate revolves on a pattern established eons ago. No one can determine exactly what may occur and forecasts are still good guesses based on the best available science.
I was filled with trepidation going into this year’s season. Nothing new in that because I am a born worrier.
I seem to worry for every goose hunter in the NT and beyond our borders.
One old timer though gave me early hope when he said usually the poor Wet is followed by good rains early in the season.
Well one thing is sure; we have had record November rains across the Top thanks to an early weak cyclone. May they stay weak and just give us our ‘‘egg laying rain’’.
George from Field and Game advises that some bags of geese were taken at Shoal Bay, but birds weren’t as plentiful as expected. Howard Swamp hunting reserve had some birds too.
‘‘Harrison is still very low, but big mobs are coming over the Adelaide River along Beatrice Lagoon according to one source,’’ he said. ‘‘ Newcomers, should be careful though of the sticky black mud track.
‘‘I saw very good numbers of geese on Shoal Bay but too high for me to consider and therefore it was a quiet morning. I did have good intelligence about big numbers of grey teal in the district but I only saw two small mobs. Quiet mail: Pink eared duck are at Howard Swamp.
Middle Point near Harrison Dam and Lambell’s Lagoon reserves seems to have been in a rain shadow for the past year but leads the tally this week thanks to the rain god.
Moon phase: Waxing crescent to first quarter on Tuesday. Weekly rainfall to Thursday, December 5: Gunn Point 38mm, Shoal Bay 12mm, Howard Springs Nature Park 21mm and Middle Point 115mm.
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Goose hunters are hoping the good rains early in the season will lead to egg-laying