Like many other states, North Carolina throws out half the rulebook during its 30-day September goose season. For a month, nonmigratory resident birds can be hunted with unplugged shotguns and electronic calls; shooting hours are extended a half hour past sunset, and there’s a liberal 15-bird limit. On any given day in September, most of the crew is on the road before dawn, scouting peanuts, corn, soybeans, and swamp roosts across a million acres of the state. They log close to 10,000 scouting miles. They track down farmers, knock on doors, pump every contact they can think of to find birds and lock down fields. They text constantly in a 24/7 group message string that will grow to thousands of texts.