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Geese on Jump

GKGK Posts: 138 Baller
Does anyone have any suggestions for keeping geese off the jump ramp (and ultimately all the crap that goes along with them). A rope across the bottom doesn't work. They fly in and land on it.
Greg Kuenning - Cincinnati, OH


  • skier2788skier2788 Posts: 688 Crazy Baller
    If they are doing it at night or near dusk and Dawn try a goose away light. Or you can Amazon a Amber solar mooring light. It's just an amber strobe light with an optical sensor. Works pretty good.... At night.
    Travis Torley
  • BraceMakerBraceMaker Posts: 2,851 Mega Baller
    A good dog.
  • ozskiozski Posts: 1,566
    'Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.'' Boat 2005 Nautique 196 6L ZO - Ski: KD Platinum

  • bigskieridahobigskieridaho Posts: 874 Crazy Baller
  • BdeckerBdecker Posts: 254 Solid Baller
    We have anchored a couple of fake swans near the shore of our site. They have taken it from goose infested to completely goose poo free. Basically just pool toys that are $20-30 each on Amazon. I'd try them up course of the jump completely out of the skier/boat path. Obviously you'd pull them for tournaments but if positioned correctly they might provide the fear factor without needed to be removed for practice.
  • GloersenGloersen Posts: 810 Crazy Baller
    ditto shotgun

  • NandoNando Posts: 434 Crazy Baller
    We just used a plastic crow- mounted it to the spray bar and the geese went away. We were more than a little skeptical, but it worked.
  • liquid dliquid d Posts: 1,001 Crazy Baller
    They're good eating! Use a smoker...just like duck.
  • keithh2oskierkeithh2oskier Posts: 412 Crazy Baller
    @bassfooter I wonder what is going on in both the duck and the skiers minds...
  • bassfooterbassfooter Posts: 159 Baller
    @keithh2oskier - I can't speak for the duck, but the skier was pretty amazed and fortunately not injured. She couldn't believe her luck. The duck was actually perched at the bottom of the ramp, and she figured it would fly away as they usually do. This one just sat there and at the last second flew up into her. The ironic part is that the jumper is a veterinarian.
  • GKGK Posts: 138 Baller
    That's a great picture! Plastic swans and crow are a good idea! Going to give that a try.
    Greg Kuenning - Cincinnati, OH
  • Eric KelleyEric Kelley Posts: 243 Solid Baller

  • Eric KelleyEric Kelley Posts: 243 Solid Baller
    This has worked great for me. I just get it off before we jump and put it back on after. It would be nice to attach it to the jump.
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,295 Mega Baller
    I had geese using my swim dock every night years ago. I made it a point to sneak up on them every night just after dark with a high powered spot light while barking and growling like a dog very loudly. Three nights in a row and have not had geese near my property for 5 years now.
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • EdbrazilEdbrazil Posts: 1,372 Historical Baller
    Could be worse. The year 2008 Malibu Open was held in Pontiac, MI, in conjunction with
    some powerboat races. This was at the site of a public beach. Every night, geese would
    occupy the beach, and leave goose poop all over it.
    Next morning, the beach would get "cleaned up". This was done by runnning a tractor
    back and forth to plow the sand around, and cover up the goose poop. Can't have been a
    very healthy place to hang out and swim. We called it Goose Poop Beach.
  • UWSkierUWSkier Posts: 893 Mega Baller
    @thager how would you describe your relationship with your neighbors? :)
  • thagerthager Posts: 4,295 Mega Baller
    Cabins both sides. DKDC!!!
    Stir vigorously then leave!
  • BlueSkiBlueSki Posts: 533 Crazy Baller
    edited September 2017
    @GK try using one strand of monofilament fishing line on two poles that span across the jump. A university of Montana professor has had success with the approach and found that less than 20lb test seems to have the best effectiveness. His theory is that it due to the low visibility, it appears and disappears from the birds' sight.

    A chicken farmer in GA is successfully using the same approach to keep eagles from eating his free range chickens, so it may work on other large birds, but you may have to try different heights. It probably would not be to hard to rig something on the jump when you pull it for winter. If you try it, I would be curious to learn if it works on geese.
  • bassfooterbassfooter Posts: 159 Baller
    @BlueSki we use this method on our starting dock in San Diego's Mission Bay, and it keeps the seagulls, herons and pelicans off the dock. Prior to setting this up, we'd have some fairly disgusting messes to clean up first thing in the morning, especially in late autumn.
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