“How was the hunt?” I asked Andy as we approached Mistissini on our way back after Goose Break.
It hadn’t been that great, he explained. Instead of the usual 100 or so geese per hunter, this year’s yield was far less.
The ice had melted too quickly.
For the hunt, a large opening is carved in the lake with chain saws. In this artificial lake, decoys are set. But with the rapid melting of the ice, the decoys scattered making hunting less contained when the geese landed.
Spring came quickly this year. Just before Goose Break, the lake was frozen solid and there were several feet of snow on the ground. Now the lake was blue and the trees were shimmering pale green.
Up here, Spring CAN arrive too soon!