Catching a goose couldn’t be easier. Or could it? You are probably thinking about the last time you sat for hours and hours with ne’er a decent shot in sight. Some hunting days go like that, but if you use our goose hunting tips and tricks to maximize your time spent out a hunting, you will be sure to stop the boredom.
With many years behind me hunting the waterfowl, I have learnt a few things and can give you some helpful hints to make your next goose hunting trip a resounding success.
Hunting geese can be a very exhilarating experience and a good novice startup hunting expedition too. But even if you consider yourself an expert, it never harms to learn a few new tricks.
So, lets get going through the 5 best goose hunting tips you will ever need:
1. Set Up is Key
Making sure you are set up correctly for your goose hunt is essential.The set up covers the way you are hidden and camoflauged. Don’t be so sure that the geese won’t see you or be interested in your whereabouts.If they know you are around, they wont play ball nicely.
So, ensure you blend into your surroundings, from your outfit to your shoes and further to your rifle and backpack.
Stealth should always be on the top of your list no matter what you are hunting.So being quiet is also paramount. If you can look like a goose, all the better.No seriously, really try to look like a goose. Or at least blend into the surroundings like the reeds or forests around you. The more inconspicuous you are, the better.
And unless you are honking off a goose caller, then you need to be still and quiet.If you still don’t think that its possible to blend in during a goose hunt – take a look at this super cool camo video.
Capital Waterfowling gives us some quick sure-fire tips on goose hunting as well.
2. Decoy Set Up
Setting up your decoys will make for a fruitful hunt.You can see by this setup that decoys are positioned facing the direction of the wind flow.
Sometimes you need to stagger your geese decoys and don’t face them all in the same direction, contrary to the picture set up above.Another trick is to spread your decoys out. If they are too close together there won’t be place for the geese to land. And while you want them up in the sky to get a good shot, you want them to come closer to attempt a landing. A bit of video footage to help you out.
Temperature also plays a part in how you should set up your decoys. When the temperature drops under 68 degrees F, geese tend to lay down, so mimicing this in your decoys is essential. Lay your full bodied decoys down without bases but also leave a few standing up.You want to create a real life situation to fool the goosies.
On the flipside, use your decoys to emulate where you don’t want the geese to land. Active geese will indicate to them that there is no food in that area. i.e. the goose are moving about and not standing still to feed. So place a few decoys away from the area you want them to land in.
If you find that the geese are just not coming in to land, change it up. Move your decoys around. Face them towards the wind, face them away from the wind and lay a few down. Geese are inquisitive fowl, so just get creative and you will see a marked changed. Check out this decoy spread video.
3. Scout Them Out
Take a day before to check out the areaand find out where the geese normally land and what time of the day they frequent that spot.This way you can get a good idea of where to set up your decoys as well as where to position yourself.
For a full brief on scouting out the waterfowl take a look at this video.
4. Callers and Calling
Having a fine caller is one thing but knowing how to call is another.Ensure you have practiced your calling and know the different nuances.Calling geese covers a variety of sounds, from clucking, feeding chuckles, gravels and the long call. Learn them all and try them all out. Listen to how the geese are calling at that moment in time and mimic them.
If you can master the trick in sounding like you are a multitude of gooses, that would be an added extra trick.Gooses are social creatures and will go where there are many.
In addition, there are different types of callers. When we say different we mean the pitches are different. A nice mix of lower, deeper sounds and higher, sharper tones will get you through different weather conditions. The wind can mess with the goose caller sounds sometimes. So, having some options is always good.
5. Practice Makes Perfect
It stands to reason that you should practice your shooting before going out into the wild. But have you thought about just practicing for the sake of experiencing that exact environment you will be shooting in.
With the ferocious wind, the possible rainy conditions and the down right uncomfortable setting, you need to practice with that in mind. Not every hunting day will be perfect, with sunshine, no wind and no rain.
Take a day when you know the geese are not engaging and go out to get your aim in. Take your skeet shooter out and perfect that shot. You can find out more on the best goose hunting weather conditions right here.
Goose hunting is an aged and loved past time and can bring many a people together. I, myself, have made tons of friends going out for either day trips or long 3 day expeditions with fellow goose hunters. So, grab a bud and try out goose hunting soon!
We hope you enjoyed our goose hunting tips and that you have either learnt something new or have reminded yourself of a trick you had long forgotten.
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