Goose Hunting, a Sport for All Seasons

By: Razvan Jr

Among the bird hunting genres, goose hunting occupies a special place providing a real challenge to hunting enthusiasts fed up with duck or pheasant hunting. Although hunting for geese is a popular practice in North America mainly, it is surprisingly bellow such types of hunting as raccoon or deer hunting. But goose hunting does have its fans, especially in the northern states of the U.S and Canada, and they are not few. So what stops goose hunting from becoming a leader among the hunting varieties of Americans?

One hint towards a relevant answer on the issue can be found in the goose's anatomical structure. Even though it is a rather large creature, it has a very small area of vulnerability or vital zone. This means that shooting a goose anywhere outside that area will most often result in the bird's escape. It is estimated that the area of vulnerability is only one tenth of the bird's total size. As a result, you are forced to give your best shot every time, and even that can't always get you the success you hope for. On the other hand, luck is an important companion of any hunter and without it hunting would be like a complicated surgery rather than a fun activity. Not knowing if you're going to bring the goose down with the first shot, the second, the third or at all results in an array of emotions gathered under one concept, thrill.

Calling is a fundamental component of a hunting process and requires much practice before it can be mastered. But after you've managed to fully understand how and when to use callers and decoys you will have an eventful hunt every time. It is advisable that you have a variety of decoys of different shapes, sizes and colors to use in every circumstance and a diverse set of callers, for every situation. Knowing if a particular flock of geese is susceptible to calling depends on the way the birds fly; if the geese are flying low, breaking up in formation, gaining and then quickly losing altitude, flying one direction and then changing direction, flying with a slow wing beet, or simply towards your location, you should consider them callable and start trying to decoy them in. If the birds are coming at you simply give them a cluck or two to get their attention and let the decoys do the work. If the above are not met then you shouldn't even bother to try and lure them as there is a fair chance all of your signals will be ignored.

Goose hunting can prove more difficult to practice than other types of hunting but the reword is well worth the effort. Few things can match the nervous anxiety of placing a decoy and waiting for a goose to come, as well as seeing as one of your shots brings down such a wonderful bird. However, like almost every domain it requires much patience and practice before becoming an expert at it. Until then, grab that gun, put on your hunting cap and go have fun!

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