Just wondering what strategies you have for going after the early season honkers. Do you have better luck hunting water or fields? We normally go after them over water but its hard because they don't really seem to leave the area. We know where they are but when we try to setup we bust them out and when we try and stay back they never leave the water.
I usually don't hunt the early season. Birds are to stupid. Don't enjoy shooting birds that don't know anything. I prefer to shoot them in January when I get more satisfaction knowng that I took an educated bird.
Where I hunt the birds are scattered on the lake so if you shoot at one spot they won't move until you put to much pressure on them. Change locations and you can get birds every day if your so inclined to do so. They will just move to a different part of the lake. The only way I would field hunt is if there are a lot of birds coming in to a field that saw different groups of birds arriving daily. If not as soon as you fire the first shots the birds will quickly find a diffferent field to feed in. At this time of the year food is every where. They don't have to move at all to feed.
From the days I've spent on the lake this year (120 +) there is an over abundance of geese this year. Should be an easy resident season for those people who go out. I'll wait until November to start hunting them. Good luck.