It is an open secret that, it comes a time when the goose becomes shy of decoys and calls. You need the top know the secrets about goose hunting in order to succeed. Here are some of the secrets that most hunters will not tell you.
According to the professionals in the geese hunting camps, choosing the right location is very important. The starting point should be at the bird’s roosting area, mostly a large body of water where they gather to preen through the night and rest. The direction of the wind should give you a clue as to where the goose will come from as they prefer resting in areas where they are sheltered from the wind. Know the feeding area too. They prefer feeding in an open area where they can see their predators easily. They like fields where they can land and take off easily. From here, you can intercept them in between their roosting area and where they go to feed. If you have a good decoy and you know how to call, after setting it, the goose will come in immediately.
Apart from the above, it is important to know how the geese are feeding. Get to know why the geese are spread on the field the way they do. When hunting in grain fields, the geese normally go for areas with more grain scattered. In such a field, it is advisable that the decoys are set into two blocks of nine or eight family groups. During the morning hunts, let each family group include one or two lookers and six to four feeders. If you set them in the afternoon, use the lookers, sleepers, and feeders. In both cases, 40 to 72 decoys are used or use 80 to 144 decoys.
On the blinds, change your cover depending on the changing landscape during goose hunting. You can use ditches and fencelines during early season and switch to hedgerows during the month of September and October. This will make them not recognize blinds. If there is standing corn, it will provide a good natural cover and it is the best cover which will attract the goose.
When goose hunting, follow the leader. What this means is that, if you set up 10 feet from where the birds took off, the chances of it coming back to the same place are high, even if you don’t call.