Have you ever wanted to go goose hunting but don't know what you're doing? Well in 12 Tips for Hunting Geese by Gary Koehler they tell you everything you need to know. They came up with these 12 tips by asking dozens of the nation's best goose hunters.
They start off with tip number one which says don't be afraid to spread your decoys spread out. Geese love to over right before they land and they have a wingspan up to about 6 feet. One successful hunter said ,”Ten years ago, I started spreading my decoys two large steps apart, approximately six feet. That immediately produced dramatically better results. Today I put my decoys five large steps apart and the results are even better.” Tip number 2 is a little more straightforward and it is have more than one goose call at hand.Geese like to be called in different ways depending on the time of year. Tip number 3 is practice your shooting. Geese can be very hard to hit on a very windy day therefore being more prepared for the shot will give you a better chance of harvesting the bird.
Coming in with tip number 4 it is stay still and keep your head down. Geese are very observant birds and even the slightest of movements can spook them. Also if one goose sees you and flares all the other geese will most likely follow. Tip number 5 is motion. If the geese see some type of motion they will at least take a look in that direction. Tip number 6 is keep to simple calling. It's not always better to be constantly calling, the birds like just simple notes here and there but nothing over the top.
Now tip number 7 is that when the temperature drops geese like to lie down. When there is super low temperatures like 20 below the geese will lie down shortly after landing on the ground. Tip number 8 is for hunting in the fog. When hunting in the fog it is better to use a flag. The motion of the flag in the fog will pull the birds down better then calling. Tip number 9 is having both land and water decoys. This is like hunting the best of both worlds. When you have both decoy set up the birds will work much easier and they will most likely come in.
Tip number 10 is something that every goose hunter should be doing and it is working the birds to the feeding area. If your decoy set up doesn't push the birds to feeding areas you will have a hard time pulling the birds in. Tip number 11 is practice shooting in natural hunting situations. This will ensure that you get more birds on the ground. Lastly tip number 12 which is stand out from the crowd. If you have other goose hunters around you do something different from them. This will get them more interested in your set up.
So theses are what I think are the 12 essential steps that every goose hunter needs to know.