Feliew Chasse's story
I always get excited when I receive a phone call form the staff over at Aimpoint! Then you know that something exciting is about to happen. This time it was Alexander that wanted to invite me for a goose hunt over on the Swedish west coast. He had booked a hunt with “Gåsjakt i West” a company that is run by Ulf and his son Simon. They are experts on goose hunting and this time they needed a few hunters to help them to protect the fields from getting to much damages by the massive amounts of geese that want to land on the fields. This helps farmers and prevents damages to their crops.
I jumped on a flight from Luxembourg over to Copenhagen Airport where I got picked up by a cab and transported over to the Aimpoint headquarters located in Malmö, only a 20 min drive from the airport. Joining us on this adventure was Roy Lupton known from the big YouTube channel Fieldsports Channel. I was so excited to hunt together with him! Once we had packed all our gear into the cars we started our drive along the west cost of Sweden. After a 3 hour drive we reached Kungsbacka just south of Gothenburg.
Once we had met the organizers of the upcoming hunt we changed into our hunting clothes and drove off to a field where Simon and Ulf had prepared a warm-up session for us. Since the hunt that we were about to experience is most effective using layout blinds, they wanted us to train a bit in order to get comfortable coming in and out from them as fast as possible. But also to get used to shooting while still sitting down. This is not something that you do very often, at least where I normally hunt. Although it was a bit different from what I’m used to, we all picked up the technique quite quickly and felt comfortable for the next mornings hunt.
In the middle of August there are a lot of geese in this part of Sweden. By the time we were done with the training the two organizers still hadn’t decided exactly what field we where about to hunt. The afternoon was spent mostly in our cars driving around looking at what field we thought would give us the best opportunity for a successful morning.
Finally, we decided to go for an area almost two hours away from Kungsbacka outside a city called Trollhättan. We had to pack all the blinds, decoys and all other gear needed in order to see how and where we should hunt the birds. However, the blinds were previously used in other stubble fields, and were too different from the color of the current stubble. We had to redo all the camouflage so that the layout of the blinds blended with the environment and didn’t scare the geese away when the were about to land around the decoys.
After we were done, we drove back to Kungsbacka to get a nice evening meal before going to bed, with the alarm set to 2.15 AM. Once we where back at the field everybody helped to get the decoys and all other equipment sorted out as quick as possible. We wanted to have everything ready before the sunrise when the first flocks of geese arrive.
After lying in the blind for a few minutes watching the absolutely beautiful sunrise this morning had to offer, the action started when big numbers of geese started to approach us exactly according to our plan. Already in the first flock the shooting worked really well and we managed to shoot 3/3 and from there on I can only say, “Wow, what an experience!”. I can really understand why Aimpoint wants to promote their Micro S-1 sight for these type of hunts. You get such a nice overview of the situation and it makes it so much easier to perform follow up shots if needed or go for a double or triple if you are lucky enough to get such an opportunity.
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