The emails and phone calls are starting to come in from hunters down south. Hunters have been enjoying better success than usual and putting up some big numbers of juvenile geese on the ground.
In years like this you want to exploit the curiosity of the juvenile geese to really pile them up!
Below are the 7 tips to help you take advantage of having a population of geese heavily made up of juvenile birds.
- Hunt the main mass of geese. On a normal year where there is more adults, the big shoots come during the tail end of the migration where the juvenile birds usually are. During years with lots of juvenile geese, they will make up the majority of the geese in the main mass. You will not have to wait for the tail end of the migration to have big shoots.
- Go big or go home! On years with a poor hatch, small spreads of ultra realistic decoys often put more birds down. Go big for attraction this year with a supported windsock type decoy with your most realistic decoys around the blinds. With the bumper crop of young birds, getting their attention will be half the battle.
- Place your SnoMachine e-caller right where you want the birds to finish. Young of the year geese will finish right into the sound. Make sure to have at least one speaker pointed directly at the path decoying geese are taking.
- Motion will be play a vital role on attracting and finishing birds. On years like this multiple rotaries can really amp up your success.
- Let the birds take that extra swing so they finish at 15 yards. Its amazing how many more geese a group can knock down when the first shots are at geese 15 yards away.
- If the geese are not finishing, its most likely your hide.
- Hunt as many days as you can. Its years like this that make memories of huge tornadoes balling up and finishing at the boot bags!
If you follow these tips above, 2014 may be your best year ever snow goose hunting.
See you out there!