I was making a perfect stalk on some mallards on a ditch this morning ... deep ditchbank for concealement (birds were in a deep ditch, not me) ... stripped down to short sleeves and bare feet across soft plowed field. They were already `in the bag' as far as I was concerned. Hunting straight down a fairly stiff breeze. About 50 yards out they busted. Hmmmmmmmmm. The only thing I can think of is scent????? (I hadn't taken my morning shower.) Or maybe, maybe I made some wierd noise I was not aware of ... but I had good noise concealment with wind, vertical bank, gurgling of stream, and nearby road. But they some how knew I was there - the busted and flew straight away. If they would have been coming out for any other reason, they would have climbed out toward me - into the wind.
I'm told geese have incredible smell sensory.
Weigh in por favor.