Goose numbers are down. Way down. GRM used to hold well over 100k at peak. It is actually a good indicator of overall MVP population as GRM reliably holds 10-15% of the MVP population at peak. This year that would mean 35-60,000 or half of what it was in recent memory. Honestly, I haven't even seen that many birds around the heart of the Horicon zone either. If you were to equate this years breeding bird estimate with years past, at 239k, it is the second lowest since they have been keeping records (by 2,000 birds). Populations of 300k caused early shutdowns in the exterior, and Horicon hunters to only get one tag. Yet now with historical lows, we can kill 2 a day in exterior, and Horicon hunters get what, 6 tags and longer seasons? Nice. We used to watch flock after flock head down to the Arlington Prairie from GRM. We would see thousands of geese in a morning hunt. Now I feel lucky to see 100 geese. Something is seriously wrong, and I hope someone wakes up to it real soon before the MVP disappears.