Signs of the times: Goose hunting begins — and bucks polish their antlers
September 5, 2010 — 2:45pm
The early goose season began Saturday morning, and shots rang out virtually statewide. About 40 percent of the annual Canada goose harvest in Minnesota occurs during the September season. In the metro, finding a place to hunt is often more challenging than finding geese. Here, a honker that fell to three young gunners on Sunday morning.
Saturday, not long after a couple of Canada geese were cleaned at our house, this young buck appeared in the yard with a half-dozen or so does and fawns. The deer were looking for, and finding, acorns. But much of the time this guy spent rubbing his still-developing antlers on a tree, trying to finish them from their velvet stage to the real thing, in advance of the fall rut. The close-up photo below shows one of the rag-tag antlers in transition from its velvet stage.
Looks painful, doesn't it? Chances are I'll be able to photograph this buck again sometime this fall. If so, I'll post a photo of his finished headgear.
Dennis Anderson has been a Star Tribune outdoors columnist since 1993, before which, for 13 years, he held the same position at the Pioneer Press. He enjoys casting and shooting. Dogs, too, and horses. Also kids and, occasionally, crusading in his column for improved conservation.
The morning was chillier than predicted — in the mid- to high 30s at sunup — but walleye fishing generally was good on Crane Lake on the season opener Saturday. Walleyes were caught in 14 to 16 feet of water on shiner, chub and fathead minnows