Goose Hunting With Matt Keller

Matt Keller (left) and two other hunters shoot at incoming geese shortly after shooting hours on Tuesday morning near Fosston, Minn. (Sam Cook photo)

I had a chance to spend a morning with Matt Keller, who grew up in Grand Rapids and now makes his home in Bemidji, doing a field hunt for giant Canada geese near Fosston on Tuesday. Matt and his brothers started, and Matt is an avid waterfowler and guide. On Tuesday, he was guiding Rich and Ryan Laing of the Twin Cities. I’ll write about the outing in Sunday’s Duluth News Tribune.

Matt’s brother, Mike Keller, operates The Canoeist in Two Harbors, a company that outfits canoe trips and sells camping gear.

Much of what Matt Keller earns in guiding waterfowl hunters he puts back into working with youth through the non-profit Timber Bay Outdoor Adventures.

Here are a couple other photos from the trip on Tuesday.

Under a slice of the waning moon Tuesday morning, hunters tell stories before a morning goose hunt. (Sam Cook photo)
Giant Canada geese beat a hasty retreat after the shooting starts. (Sam Cook photo)
Matt Keller keeps an eye on the geese as he calls in a flock of Canada geese that circled overhead. (Sam Cook photo)