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Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:51 pm

Hi all, I just acquired a Parker Stealth Hunter Bow 70 lb draw with a 28" pull.I plan on archery hunting geese with it. Could someone share with me what type of broad heads and arrows I should use for shooting geese?
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Thu Apr 03, 2014 4:58 pm

Congrats on the new bow. I actually shot my first goose with my bow this year. Its a blast, but definitely is a lot more challenging. The broadhead isn't nearly as important as shot placement. Find a good broadhead that you can shoot well out to 50 yards. The vitals on a goose are very small. You hit those with any broadhead, the bird won't get away.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Sun Apr 06, 2014 10:51 pm

how do I figure out what length of arrow and weight of broadhead to shoot?
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:03 pm

Depends on a number of things. You usually wanna cut em just out front of the bow. You just need to be sure to have the correct spine for that draw length and poundage. I would stick with 100 grain heads. Most universal, and no reason to change it.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby waterfowlhunter » Mon Apr 07, 2014 4:56 pm

I personally stick to the cheapest Walmart 100gr fixed broadheads I can get as you will loose a few and that can get expensive at $30 for 3. You will need to match the arrow spine to your bow and draw / arrow length. And if you use a faster spin on the fletching the arrows do not tend to go as far if you miss and are in a field where you can actually look for them.

I know this might sound dumb to have to say but NEVER shoot up over your head, that arrow is going to come back down and even at an angle the wind can bring it back on to you.

My dad hunted Pheasants with a Recurve bow and had cedar Flu-Flu arrows. He also had arrows with some form of cup on the end that you filled with these 2" (guessing on length) darts. This aluminum "cup" had an angled fin that caught the air and forced the darts out like a shot pattern in theory. I never witnessed him shoot one so I have no idea how they worked.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Tue Apr 08, 2014 10:31 am

don't worry Waterfowlhunter, I will be ground pounding them :biggrin:
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Re: Archery geese

Postby micneador » Thu Apr 10, 2014 10:03 pm

Busted some widgeon and gaddys last november, #65 draw weight, 100 grain muzzys.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Fri Apr 11, 2014 10:43 am

I was thinking about goose hunting on golf courses with my bow
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Tryingtaxi » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:43 pm

micneador wrote:Busted some widgeon and gaddys last november, #65 draw weight, 100 grain muzzys.
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Do you shoot them on the water looks fun might try it this season.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby micneador » Sun Apr 13, 2014 8:01 pm

Yeah, unless I had about 50 flu flu arrows I would have to water swat em.

Went 4/6 on this hunt, then rounded out the last 2 with the 20
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:16 pm

micneador wrote:Busted some widgeon and gaddys last november, #65 draw weight, 100 grain muzzys.
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What kind of broadheads did you use?
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Re: Archery geese

Postby micneador » Tue Apr 15, 2014 8:07 pm

Honk-n-quack wrote:
micneador wrote:Busted some widgeon and gaddys last November. 65# draw weight 100 grain muzzy's



What kind of broadheads did you use?


The cheaper the better.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:11 pm

Would you recommend fixed points or expendables? I plan on hunting over land.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby micneador » Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:20 pm

You're still going to lose a few arrows, so I go as cheap as possible. Muzzy's will kill them. The vitals are similar to turkeys.
If they are close enough, try to head shoot them. I limited a few years back on a pond that was in city limits, but technically not in town, all within 10 yards. Went for head/neck shots only to keep them from flying off wounded.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Wed Apr 16, 2014 11:49 pm

Yeah, just make sure especially with fixed blades to test em out. Most bows unless tuned perfectly require some adjustment from field points to fixed blades. Expandables not quite as much. But still worth a practice shot. Don't worry about sharpness. You want less penetration to put as much KE into the bird as possible. They aren't nearly as thick as a turkey so you should still blow through em.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:13 am

Sounds great! I shoot about 500 arrows a week and half self taught myself (w/ the help of field and stream bow edition)and so far I'm pretty deadly at 60 yards I can hit a 5" x 5" 4/5 times . I plan on shooting 70 max
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Tue Apr 22, 2014 1:18 am

Sounds like you will do fine then. Yeah shooting at 70 and 80 makes those 40 yarders feel like chip shots. Good luck man.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Tue Apr 22, 2014 12:24 pm

Thanks! I have a quick question. For getting some custom arrows made should I get carbon or aluminum?
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Tue Apr 22, 2014 8:33 pm

Carbon and don't look back...aluminum are from the stone ages. There are too many advantages to list.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:35 pm

How far should I set my pins up for?
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:53 pm

Whatever you can get comfortable shooting. Most bow packages come with a standard 3bpin. And most guys do 20 30 and 40. If you have a 5 pin, add 50 and 60. I have a 4 pin, 3 fixed out to 40 and then a moveable 4th pin that gets me 50 to 80 yards. Works really well for me.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:49 pm

Do you think 30 50 and 60 would be sufficient?
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Wed Apr 30, 2014 10:45 pm

For 3 pins? No those are pretty big gaps. If you know they will be longer shots I would go 30 40 and 50. But again, its what you can accurately shoot. 50 yards is a poke on a goose.
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Re: Archery geese

Postby Honk-n-quack » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:15 pm

Sounds like you don't recommend shots past 50 yards on geese?
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Re: Archery geese

Postby B.E.Nelli » Wed Apr 30, 2014 11:34 pm

No don't get me wrong, I'm not sayin that at all. Just that you only shoot as far as you are proficient enough to hit the grapefruit sized vitals on a goose. Since you are just getting into it, is start closer at 20 to 40 yards and work your way out from there. Otherwise you will just get frustrated and develop bad shooting habits. That's just my 2 cents though, take it for what it is. As someone who worked as a bow tech for over 3 years, I would see that happen a lot with new guys. Start slow, and you will develop into a much better archer. No one is born a Fred Bear, takes thousands of arrows.
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