I am an experienced upland bird hunter but a new waterfowler and am trying to learn as much as possible.
This past weekend I went on a guided snow goose hunt in Delaware. The reason we went on a guided hunt was to learn from more experienced goose hunters. We probably saw up to 200,000 birds. It was spectacular. Our guide put us in the thick of them, we had a nice spread in the middle of a cut bean field, and things were looking good. The sun came up and birds started moving. They were lined up in 50-100 goose waves, 20-30 waves deep, coming right towards our deeks. I was shaking, it was amazing. To my surprise, and to the surprise of all of us hunting actually, the guide called the first 2 shots when the first group was ~60 yards away. This scattered the entire flock, and after it happened twice the rest of the day we only got a few pairs and singles to come in and take a look.
My questions are directed to you experienced types out there. Would there have been a better way to go about this? I would have expected the guide to let the first group land, or try, or at least wait until they were around 20yds away. I would think with 50-200 live geese in the deeks they would attract more. Any ideas or comments would be really appreciated. Also, I know the deek set up for Canada's is different, but would you want to let Canada's land in the deeks? How about ducks? Finally, does anyone know of a good reference(s) for learning strategies, calling techniques, etc?