A graduate of the University of California at Irvine with a major in economics, Gladstone's commitment to the industry started in 1970 when he worked for Whitefront
Stores in its management training program and as a buyer of domestics.
The shortgrass prairie population of Canada geese, made up of two small races, nests in whitefront country, too.
Or maybe it was the sense of rarity--even in the middle of the Central Flyway, whitefronts are the other goose, far less numerous than Canada geese and snow geese and, until the last decade or so, more inclined to pass quickly to the south, giving waterfowlers on the northern and central plains only a fleeting glimpse.
Both the Mid-continent and Pacific whitefront populations are estimated at about 600,000 birds.
A separate species of white-fronted goose, the lesser whitefront, is found in northern Asia and Europe.
Designed for serious whitefront
hunters, the call produces ultra-realistic clucks and yodels.
Scott first tried his rocket net in 1948 in an English wheat field being used by wild geese, mostly whitefronts
I don't call myself a specklebelly expert, but I've had the chance to hunt whitefronts for almost 20 years now, and have been fortunate to take birds from Alberta and Saskatchewan south to Mississippi That said, the best barred birds I've encountered came courtesy of central Kansas.
On an afternoon hunt in the Cheyenne Bottoms near Great Bend in November 2010, outfitter Zach White, his right-hand man Gunner Sahr and I splashed a full boat, six-bird limit of specks over a small, mixed spread of full-bodied whitefronts, snows and little Canadas.
While we saw only a few pinkfoots, they behave more like whitefronts
Following a disappointing year for production in several key populations of Canada geese, whitefronts
and snow geese, the nesting effort this spring dramatically improved.
GooseGlove decoy conversion systems come in blues, snows, speckles, Canadas and whitefronts
, and there's even a mallard.