Do not be alarmed by the sound of gunfire coming from Waupaca’s Foxfire Golf Course.
It is the latest effort to rid the course of geese.
The Common Council, at its Sept. 20 meeting, voted 8-2 to allow Stan Burst to discharge a weapon on the golf course, from now through the first week of November.
Burst, who is the golf course’s superintendent, will be firing the gun into the ground, hoping to scare the geese off the course.
As many as 200 geese have found the course to be a safe haven.
“They’ve been there for awhile, so I will give them a surprise – maybe next week,” Burst said.
His appearance before the council was the second in as many months.
Last month, Burst asked for permission to allow a group of hunters to discharge firearms on the private property. The city has an ordinance that prohibits shooting guns, which is why the request had to go before the council.
The hunt was set for Sept. 1 and 2, in conjunction with the state’ early September Canada Good hunting season, which ran from Sept. 1-15.
But, about two days before the hunt was to take place on the course, the geese disappeared.
“Little did we know that the geese can read and watch TV, so there was not a hunt,” Mayor Brian Smith said.
Burst told the council there were no geese on the course for several days. He suspects they were spending their days on nearby fields that had just been harvested.
“But, I sort of knew they were going to come back, and they have,” he said.
Read the full story in the Sept. 29 issue of the
County Post West.