Field Hunting Geese can truly be an awesome waterfowl hunting experience. I’ve met some waterfowl hunters who only hunt geese. They spend the entire season chasing honkers. I personally started out only hunting ducks and most of my gear was set up to hunt ducks. Rightly so hunting geese can be a large investment financially and timewise. However some of the best hunts I’ve experienced were field hunting geese. It’s a remarkable site watching a group of 20-30 geese all cupped and locked into your decoy spread. So I want to tell you about some tips and tricks to start field hunting geese.
Field Hunting Geese Gear:
Take a minute to google “goose hunting gear” and you will have over a million search results. There’s no surprise that field hunting geese can be a little intimidating when it comes down to the gear required. However to make it simple start with the following gear first. As you get further into the sport start expanding.
- Decoys are more than likely the most expensive and a set of 6 can set you back $200.00 easily. I would look to have at least 18 decoys to start with. Look for shells orÂ silhouette decoys, they tend to be cheaper. They can be a little cheaper to start with and they still will perform well. Purchase decoys also in stages, makes it easy to handle. Buy 12-18 early season and as the season progresses look for sales for another 18 or so. It works well as most geese start to bunch up later in the season requiring more decoys to persuade them in. Another way to acquire more decoys is to split the numbers between your hunting buddy and yourself.
Field Layout Blind:
- There’s approximately two dozen companies making layout blinds these days and they all claim to be the best. However what you want to look for is concealment, low profile, light weight, easy to carry, quick setup / quick breakdown, and correct size. Low profile blinds will help ensure you blend into the field you are hunting. Having a light weight easy to carry blind will go along way if you can’t drive out to the field you are hunting in. Having a blind that sets up in a minutes is a must. As the majority of your time should be spend brushing in your blind and setting up decoys.
- There are a ton of great calls on the market today and a lot of custom calls. However the best thing you need for calling is learning how to call. You may not even need to call to field hunt geese. However the more practice you put into learning how to cluck and moan. Will pay off as geese become more pressured in late season. The best advice to picking out a call is to talk to other hunters and try and see what each call sounds like. There are many videos out there of people practicing their calls. One call to get started with that will help you get to learning is this call. However, if you are looking to find a call that you can have for life check this call out. It has a great tone and is quite easy to use.
- There’s always more you can get but since geese don’t really like mojo decoys for motion. A great tool to add to your list is a flag. Flags can be used to add a little action to your spread especially when geese are a ways out.
Field Hunting Geese Mistakes:
- Remember concealment is very important. Ensure that nothing is left outside your field blinds that can be seen from a distance. Geese have great eyesight. I’ve even learned the hard way that leaving your truck too close to the hunting field is a sure way to bust a hunt.
- Ensure you set up on the “X” or where you have scouted geese landing. Being 300 yards away watching geese land away from your decoys is never fun.
- Learn to let large groups fly and not shoot. If you have a group of 100+ geese landing educating that many birds can bust your field. Waiting for smaller groups will help ensure you have a number of quality days of shooting.
If you’re hunting late season weather, be sure to grab some shooting gloves to help keep you warm in the field. You can read about The Waterfowl Hunter’s favorite shooting gloves here.