Both experienced goose hunters and amateurs have had bad days where they can’t figure out what’s happening with the geese and why they are constantly refusing to collaborate.
So, avoid making the same mistakes next time and read through these 10 simple tips that will help you on your next goose hunt:
Spread the decoys wider
The first mistake that most goose hunters make is the simple act of not spreading out the decoys enough. If all decoys are put close to each other, you’ll just see the birds hovering around but not taking a stable position because they don’t have enough room to land, and because they never land alone. So, next time, remember to put some more space between the decoys (about 5 steps) and see the results.
Learn more about goose calling
There are people who try all kinds of goose calls, but, in reality, you only need two styles. The short reed call gives out sharp and a bit high-pitched tone as well as a wood short reed call that gives a somewhat softer, deeper sound. These are the only goose calls you will need for just about any variation of goose hunting situation.
The major step towards a successful goose hunt is staying calm and still until the shot. And, you really should not be staring directly at the geese, because if you can clearly see them, they can see you as well. So, just keep calm and pick one goose out!
Be more careful on windy days
Goose hunting on windy days has a few tricks to the trade. Finishing the geese in such weather might cause a problem because they often land short and to get out of the wind. In order to follow their game, you should also be positioned out of the wind, preferably in low areas, behind trees or up on hillsides. Also, on windy days, make sure that you always use loud and aggressive goose call.
Get back to basics
If you have tried different ways of calling in the geese and they don’t respond, always go back to basics. No matter how professional you have become in the field, try the simple calling techniques which very often have a greater impact. Simple calling seems to be the universal language that geese all over the world understand. The secret to using the simple call is to be able to use a lot of volume and yet use a softer voice when calling them. When playing with geese, act like a goose!
Geese lie low when the temperature is down
Almost always, when the thermometer reaches 20 degrees and the ground is frozen, geese tend to lie low. This is a common phenomenon for geese during this period of the year, and the best advice for hunters is to try to play with decoys. Setting the decoys directly on the ground surface to make them look like small birds that may be walking or standing on the ground.
Try decoy communication
You don’t have to utilize decoys just for their basic use. Why not try to communicate through them? Decoys carry data that there is food somewhere near and also provide the location of the food. On the other hand, active decoys show that there is no food near that area. So, what you need to do is put active decoys in the area where you don’t want the geese to stay. You should also use rester decoys that lead the geese to safer areas. Try combining these decoys on your next hunt, and you will see how the geese react on them. While killing more geese!
When hunting in the fog, try flagging
The usual technique during foggy weather that hunters use is calling the geese very loudly which can even be disturbing. Try this – when it’s foggy, keep calm and use a flag instead of calling the geese. This works just great when the geese are near and they keep approaching you in the fog. Because of its results, there are many hunters that prefer the foggy goose hunt tactic.
Make a personal mark
If you go goose hunting in the late season when the hunting pressure is severe, don’t mind matching every decoy spread out in the field. A better way to try is to reduce them to only one or two dozen of the decoys and try as little goose calling as possible. Thus, you will appear different than anyone in the field, by simply making a different decoy look. It never hurts to try it!
Practice whenever you can
Whenever you have the time, practice your shooting. Don’t forget that you will probably find yourself in a situation where you have only one shot, and you will have to make it perfect. Perfect shots require precision and practice. Practice your shooting in natural hunting conditions and try all techniques you are familiar with.