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Great Outdoors: Hunting for Geese on the Cedar River

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CEDAR RAPIDS -- The first flight flew by well before shooting hours. But it seemed to be a good sign to Dan Davies, who was trying to bag a goose on the Cedar River.

"I like where we are at," Davies said. "This is pass shooting. No decoys. I just hope we get them within range."

The next flight tripped Davies up. They came and went without a peep, much less a honk.

"I didn't hear a thing, Holy cow," he said.

The next flock definitely announced its arrival, but they were just out of range. Davies' early optimism was beginning to wane.

"According to my scouting, they should really start coming in in five minutes," he said. "But who knows, it can be hit and miss."

This day turned out to be one of the "miss" days. After three hours, Davies was back in his canoe, this time heading upstream.

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