The third and last goose hunt of the month in Alpena took place on Thursday.
The goal was to get around 100 to 125 geese throughout all three. This time around, they managed to take in 98. While the first day yielded them 48 geese, the next two were slower, with day three only giving them nine.
The high winds and perhaps the geese getting wise to the situation are a couple of reasons for the low count on Thursday. However, the three hunts are viewed as a success by the hunters. “At the end of the day, the goal is to reduce the local nesting goose population and that’s what this hunt tries to accomplish every year,” said Don Gilmet. “If we can reduce it by half, then next year there will be the same amount of geese, but if we didn’t have the hunt there’d probably be twice as many.”
The Alpena city council voted three to two in favor of the hunt this year, but are not currently scheduled to vote on next year.