Early season geese

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Early season geese

Postby Mikel199 » Wed Jun 11, 2014 4:14 pm

First time hunting early goose. I live near north end of Seneca lake. What kind of feilds do I hunt? Can to many decoys ruin your hunt?
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Re: Early season geese

Postby sgk » Thu Jun 12, 2014 6:54 am

Live quite a ways east of you but we look for big grass fields and hay fields that have been baled within the last few days. As with most waterfowling you will do more scouting than hunting.
As far as decoys go, we tailor our spread to the amount of birds we see working an area.
Remember, these birds are still in family units so even if you use a lot of dekes break them up into small groups in the field. Don't set out one big flock.
Because of the short cover of most early season hunting, layout blinds can be hard to hide. We have found that bunching them close together and using fresh cover out of the field you are hunting is the way to go. We bring some tree branches recently pruned and stick them in the ground around us. This gives the impression of a small hedgerow or low wet spot that does not get touched by the tractor. You have to be careful shooting when bunched this close but it is effective.
Good luck and have fun.
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Re: Early season geese

Postby Jimmy82 » Fri Jun 27, 2014 1:09 am

Been a little curious about this subject as I will be doing early goose for the first time this year too. Would it be effective to hunt on the water? If hunting on the water, would it be worth it trying to get into position early in the morning or wait for them to go to breakfast and catch em on the return trip?
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Re: Early season geese

Postby sgk » Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:15 am

I hunt water more than fields. The birds don't seem as wary coming to water if you have a good setup. I have shot birds first thing in the morning over a water spread but generally wait until after the birds have left the area before setting up.
Also, don't forget that the hours have been extended to 1/2 hour after sunset. This last half hour can be a great time to kill birds coming back to the water particularly on overcast, nasty evenings.
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Re: Early season geese

Postby Jimmy82 » Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:53 am

Yeah, I noticed all the traffic after sunset last year during the regular season. Many times honkers would come over or land on the other side of the lake as we were tearing down or on our way out. Good know about the extended half hour, thx sgk.
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Re: Early season geese

Postby bsracer11 » Thu Aug 28, 2014 2:22 pm

If you're going to hunt water, hunt the loafing ponds. That's where the geese spend mid-day hours and time between feed. If you're hunting big water for geese, there is a really good chance that you are screwing up the birds for everybody in the area. They need to feel safe on the roost spots and if they don't you'll see that they move on quickly, are harder to decoy, and less predictable.
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Re: Early season geese

Postby sgk » Fri Aug 29, 2014 6:11 am

While I agree that hunting big water, or any water for that matter, disorients the birds for a bit and may cause them to seek other roosts, these birds are called "resident geese" for a reason.
The birds will not go far and will soon be hitting the local fields again.
If birds become "harder to decoy and less predictable", well, that just means you need to adapt and become a more skilled hunter to bag your birds.
If you enjoy hunting birds over water, and have success at it, you should have every right to set up and kill birds your way.
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Re: Early season geese

Postby bsracer11 » Sun Aug 31, 2014 11:22 am

I agree with you and am not bashing. I think that post sounds harder than I meant it to. Water hunting is very enjoyable. Just going off the interest in field hunting. If that's something that's new it can help keep them more patternable. These residents need to be managed and however they get shot is fine by me! like you said everyone has the right. Just trying to help. I'm not saying don't shoot em on the water. I love to see the splash as much as the next guy. Good Luck tomorrow! Happy Hunting!
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Re: Early season geese

Postby sgk » Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:53 pm

Good luck to all. I don,t expect to shoot many birds but a young dog will get some good education.
Would love to see some pics here soon.
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