Best Spot to Shoot a Goose

What is the Best Shot Location on Geese?

Many waterfowl hunters wonder what’s the best spot to shoot a goose as they get into the sport of goose hunting. The quick answer to this question is to shoot the geese in the head and neck area. Let’s discuss why shooting geese in the head and neck is the best spot to shoot geese.


Why Shooting Geese in the Head and Neck is Best:

  • Quickest and most humane spot for a kill
  • No covering by feathers
  • Eliminates a foot chase
  • Preserves the most meat


Quickest and Most Humane Spot for a Kill

Goose Head HissingBy shooting a goose in the head you will find that it is by far the quickest spot to kill a goose.  A shot accurately placed on the head of a goose will cause them to immediately drop out of the air and fall to the ground.


Even if the shot does not immediately kill the goose by hitting the goose in the head, the fall from the air will likely result in a fast kill.


The head is also a critical part of the goose to remain alive.  In contrast, if you shoot a goose in the leg or tail section it will not always hit a critical organ of the goose which could result in wounding the goose.


No Covering by Feathers

Unlike the rest of the body of the goose, the head is not covered by feathers making shooting a goose in the head is the best shot location for geese.


The feathers on geese are very durable and thick.  This is to help keep the geese warm during the cold winter months.  However, this thick layering also provides a great level of protection or geese when they are shot in the chest area.


Many times I have been amazed on how difficult it is to kill a goose when I have shot a goose in the chest.  I have had geese that flew over my decoy spread and I shot them in the chest and it seems like the BBs bounce off of their chest like a layer of armor.


In contrast to the chest and body, the head of a goose has absolutely no protective covering of feathers so there is nothing in the way of allowing the BBs to do their job and kill the goose.


Eliminates a Foot Chase

Canadian Geese Flying SidewaysBy shooting a goose in the head it will help create a quick and clean kill of the goose.  Head shots will cause a goose to immediately drop out of the sky and die.


If you end up shooting at a goose that is flying over the top of you it can be challenge, yet possible to shoot the goose in the head.  However, if you shoot at a goose from behind as it is flying away there is really no way to hit the goose in the head.


When you shoot a goose in the bottom or tail section there vital organs are not in that area and what can happen is that you hit the goose but it only wounds the bird.  A wounded bird can glide a very long distance before it lands.


After landing, a wounded goose can still run very quickly making it difficult to catch up them to put a finishing shot on them.   Additionally, you do not always find these wounded geese so it creates for a difficult and painful death for the goose which is not something that any ethical hunter wants.


Preserves the Most Meat

Another reason why shooting geese in the head and neck is the best spot to shoot geese is that it will preserve most of the meat.  It is pretty easy to tell that there is no meat that a human would eat on the head of a goose so there will be nothing wasted.


However, the chest and leg area of the goose is where all of the edible meat is at.  So if you shoot a goose in the chest you will likely lose out on some meat.


When the BBs hit the breast meat of the goose it will leave holes in the meat and it can also cause the meat to go bad.  Have you ever noticed when you shoot a goose in the breast area that the meat actually gets singed/burned from the BBs?


Not only can the meat get burned by shooting geese in the chest it can also cause the meat to be blood shot.  The blood can stick to the breast and actually taint the breast meat, turning it into a very dark read mess.  Save yourself the hassle of trying to cut off this damaged meat by placing your shots at the head of a goose.


In addition to saving the most meat, shooting a goose in the head also reduces the chance that you will bite into a BB when you eat the goose.   There is nothing worse when you are eating wild game then biting into a piece of the cooked goose and hitting a BB that you missed in the cleaning process.  Not only is it a frustrating situation, it could actually cause you to break your teeth.


Final Thoughts

Now that you know that the best place to shoot a goose is in the head, give this a try the next
time you are out goose hunting.  I am confident that you will see that the geese you shoot in the head are a much easier kill, it will eliminate a foot chase for the wounded birds and preserve most of the meat.


I understand that it is not always possible to have a perfect shot every time but with some practice you will be much more likely to place a shot in the head and neck area of the goose.  We hope this this goose hunting tip improves your goose hunting success.


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