Goose Hunting Tips, Tricks and Advice from the Pro's October 10 2014
We're often asked for goose hunting tips and since we're in the business of making waterfowl hunting dreams come true, we thought we'd share our most sage advice with you here.
From the best calls to general words of waterfowl wisdom, we've got you covered.
Goose Hunting Tip #1. Pay attention to the wind. You won't want to face all your decoys into the wind since the geese will think the others are about to take off. Instead, position them in different directions to the wind at various angles.
Goose Hunting Tip #2. Scouting is key. If you want to know where the geese or going, you want to know where they've been. Scout out the areas geese hang out and you'll stand a much better chance of being able to lure them back to this 'safe zone' again.
Goose Hunting Tip #3. Practice your calling. Think of the goose call as the siren song to your Odysseus. You're going to need know the best goose calls and how to make them before you head out. Don't fly blind. Clucks, the long call, feeding chuckles and gravels are some of the most important goose calls to master. By using varying tempos and pitches, an expert caller will be able to sound like multiple birds, and as far as geese are concerned, the more the merrier (and the safer!).
You'll also want to have a couple types of goose calls with you. A short-reed acrylic call is ideal for calling on windy days since it will produce a louder, sharper sound. A delrin short-reed call will emit a more realistic noise since it produces deeper and softer sounds. Carry them both so you can be prepared for goose hunting season in any weather.
Goose Hunting Tip #4. Decoy placement. Successful decoy placement is like successful real estate: location, location, location! Again, you are going to want to factor in the wind. On blustery days, geese will tend to land short and out of the wind, so it's a good idea to set up in lower areas in fields, on the sides of hills or behind tree lines.
Also, set up your feeder decoys in places you want your geese to land and your active decoys in places you want them to avoid. (Geese are much more likely to choose the spot where there's food!) Likewise, don't forget sleeper and rest decoys, which really lull geese into a false sense of security.
Perhaps the most important thing you can learn about decoy set up will come from your scouting. You want to discover how the geese scatter and group in any given area and why. This will let you know the most effective way to arrange your decoys. Don't just arbitrarily arrange them in a U or J pattern because it's worked in the past. If it is a formation the geese aren't familiar with, it will set off alarm bells.
Goose Hunting Tip #5. Respect for land owners. You know what you're hunting, but you should also be aware of where you're hunting. Be respectful of private property and don't trespass. It gives all hunters a bad name.