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12 responses to “Return to Silverback Lodge”

  1. Alan


    Awesome on the double. Goose is a good thing.
    Have you ever thought of shipping the geese overnite
    FedEx. We have shipped other things no problem.. As
    long as you are in the US there seems to be no problem.
    A bit, but I think better than the airline fees.

    Congrats on the book. Can’t wait to see it. Haven’t been out
    hunting yet as the kids have the run of the roost right now. Looking
    forward to some pheasant and maybe a boar.

    Great fun!!

  2. Carolina Rig

    In Canada I think its a km versus mph thing… Great road trip tale.

    I’m looking for some new Canada goose recipes, so, I’m eager to read what you concoct. Hope you kept at least one whole!


  3. Sandy

    LoL. Odd to see a Candian goose doing anything but stopping traffic. Around here, they waddle wherever they want…usually wherever it’s most inconvenient. There’s a particularly bothersome gaggle/flock/whatever that dominates a small puddle near on off-ramp of I10 in Tallahassee that make their way into the center of traffic now and then. No duck casualties. Just lots of P.O.ed drivers honking their horns and getting nothing but a sashaying of tail feathers for their efforts.

    I, like many Americans, have never had goose, so I’ll be relying on your descriptive powers to allow me to taste them vicariously.

  4. Andrew Campbell


    Ditto on the merits of driving versus flying. I put something like 5K miles on our truck this summer to get from NY to AZ to train dogs. It was a real treat putting together a bunch of pieces that had only been connected by plane flights — as well as visiting a couple of states I don’t think I’d ever visited before: KS, OK. It was a weird coincidence to be driving through these places as I listened to audiobooks about Custer (Nathaniel Philbrick’s very good ‘Last Stand’) and Quanah Parker (S.C. Gwynne’s also very good ‘Empire of the Sun’).

    Glad the waterfowl fest was a success, too!


  5. deana@lostpastremembered

    Congrats on the book… I can’t wait since it will be great to have all your great game info in one convenient book (is that hopelessly old fashioned?).

    One question, can you eat a Canadian goose when they live in populated, polluted areas? There is talk about killing hundreds of thousands of them in NYC because of the threat they cause to aviation and then feeding them to the homeless… what do they eat and is it safe???

  6. Bumbling Bushman

    A 13-pound goose, damn.
    Great story. My favorite hunting memories have often involved a road trip. It doesn’t even have to be a long one – just rolling out with the boys with nothing but beautiful countryside and anticipation in front of you.

  7. Cork@Cork'sOutdoors

    Great job on the honkers, Hank! I’ll take a Canada over a duck any day and personally refer to them as “filet mignon on the wing,” and cook them as such.

    My ideal is to be laying out in a barley field, or a lush green pasture, in amongst a set of full-body dekes and silohuettes, a Remington SP-10 in my hand; as they come in like B52s, making sure not to mess their wonderful breast meat by completing headshots at 10-20 yards with modified steel through a 28″ barrel…nice dry fields, no wet duck pond muck, my dear departed Chessie, buried in the hay next to me, except for his eyes, ready for the retrieve: fond memories!

  8. Cork@Cork'sOutdoors

    re: “…complete with sink, big pot of wax and a plucking machine.”

    That’s pretty cush, Hank: most of the time it’s just some stinky, heavily used plucking machine… :(

  9. Phillip

    Sounds like a great trip, Hank! I hadn’t had a chance to check in and see how it went, but obviously it went gangbusters!

    I absolutely second you on the road trip aspect too, by the way. It SO beats flying, both for the experience and for the convenience when you’re dealing with meat and guns. Packing a couple hundred pounds of meat on an airliner is pretty much an excercise in unwarranted, blind faith to begin with (When will it arrive? Where will it arrive? Will it arrive at all?). Add in baggage fees, overweight fees, and hazardous material fees (if you use dry ice), it gets pretty stupid. And you still have to worry about the luggage apes proving that there is no such thing as an indestructible gun case.

    Driving costs a bit in time and fuel, so the cost savings over flying is nominal, but it’s hard to beat a long drive through beautiful country. With someone riding along to share costs, however, it can become a really economical alternative.

    I’ve always driven to CO for elk, and after flying to TX for exotics once, I have driven there ever since. I’d drive back to NC for my whitetail hunts if I could, but that’s tough to do over a long weekend. I suspect the grasshoppers in the grill could tell some tales… if they could talk.

  10. Sarah

    As a Canadian I can say I’m particularily partial to the Canadian Goose. I’ll definitely be interested in some new recipes as we currently have 30 geese in our freezer. Some will be jerky, some sausage, but always looking for some new ideas.

  11. Mark

    As a Manitoban who has since moved to California, I’ll say this: Manitobans are typically bad drivers, so be glad they drive slowly 😉

    That said, not all Canadians drive like this. Having lived in upstate NY for a while, I’ll say that frequent trips into southern Ontario involved a 10mph increase in speed from the heavily cop-infested upstate roads.

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