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Postby CLUTCHfan » Thu Sep 15, 2005 8:53 am

This saturday a buddy and I are going goose hunting in some of the fields nearby. I've never goose hunted before and am not sure what size shot I should use. I've got my dads G&H shells and know to have them facing into the wind, but don't know how many to use. I also don't know what kind of spread to put out. Also, I don't have a blind. Will I be alright just laying on the ground in my camo? My dad says since they're local geese I don't have to worry about calling them, but can anyone recommend a decent, inexpensive call. Thanks in advance.


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Postby DaveMD » Thu Sep 15, 2005 2:10 pm

If your shooting steel, #2 or larger is good. If you are using a nontox load like HeviShot or Kent Impact, you can go as small as #4. As long as they are dropping in your spread, than it doesn't really matter.

I don't even bother with my layout blind for resident geese. If the grass is still long you'll be fine in camo as long as you are still.

I usually set my decoys in a u or an x shape. Both seem to work fine.

If there isn't much hunting pressure, resident birds usually stick to a routine. If they have been going to the field your shooting, then they will probably come again regardless of what your spread looks like.
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Postby texan68 » Thu Sep 15, 2005 4:56 pm

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I never use a ground blind, and never will
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Postby cuppedwings04 » Thu Sep 15, 2005 10:48 pm

Forget about the whole facing them all into the wind thing. Set your decoys in family groups of 3-4. just leave a hole for a landing zone. I like kent fast-stell #2's, awesome load for the money. However, the absolute most important thing about goose hunting is scouting. Find the field they are feeding in and be there watin for em. I wouldnt worry to much about calling now. It takes more than a couple of days to learn how to operate one. Pick one up and be ready for the regular season. Oh ya one more thing SHOOT EM IN THE FACE!
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Postby CLUTCHfan » Sun Sep 18, 2005 9:34 am

My buddy and I each got one on friday and one on Sat. We plan on going out later this week as well. Thank you for the replies.
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Postby cuppedwings04 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 3:41 pm

Hey thats pretty darn good for your first time. I didn't kill a honker for like my first 3 seasons.
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Postby goosehunter64 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 7:06 pm

texan68 wrote::withstupid:
I never use a ground blind, and never will


Can you elaberate on why???
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Postby cuppedwings04 » Sun Sep 18, 2005 10:23 pm

texan68 wrote:

I never use a ground blind, and never will


Can you elaberate on why???
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Postby Gooseboy » Mon Sep 19, 2005 4:59 pm

3 inch BB, or 3 1/2 #2's.
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Postby CLUTCHfan » Tue Sep 20, 2005 5:45 am

All my guns are 2 3/4", we were using #2's last weekend, but I bought a box of BB for my hunt tomorrow and this coming weekend. Had a flock of at least 100 fly over the house last night, so today I have to ask two farmers that are my neighbors for permission. Funny, as I was writing this, that same flock circled over my house and landed in a field 1/4 mile up the road. I could've gotten a couple standing in my driveway.
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