Any day now, the geese will return, writing letters in the sky.
The bulletin board at the entry of Meechum has a posting for gun cleaning at $50.00. There is also an announcement for a raffle for bullets, tents, down sleeping bags, toilet paper, etc.
Inside the grocery store, signs advertise goose break specials. Cases upon cases of bullets are stacked high, alongside boxes of kraft dinner.
Across the street, at the local hardware store, I line up behind people purchasing gas tanks, coolers and batteries.
Goose break fever is in the air, as families prepare to leave for camps. Consider it similar to the pre-Christmas/Chanukah season of family celebrations, but instead of a turkey, picture hundreds of geese… Only the geese aren’t purchased in the freezer section of a grocery store, wrapped in plastic. These geese are shot, plucked and then singed over an open fire.
Andy asked a student what they did with all their geese. “We have lots of big freezers,” he replied.
Goose break is not only family time, but it is also a chance for a young boy to shoot his first goose.
When the first goose appears, is difficult to predict, but when it does, it will be hard keeping anyone in town. For about two weeks, families will be at their camps, some accessible only by skidoo, or later in the summer, by canoe.
One of Andy’s students invited us to visit his camp, which is more accessible than most, but we are headed back to Montreal for two weeks. I would have loved to have gone, with fresh baking in tow, in hope of a slice of fresh goose … maybe next year.
Below is a link for some pictures of Goose Break.