Goose Hunting for Beginners: How to Goose Hunt

There are 3 main goose hunting tips for beginners that are learning how to goose hunt that I will show you in this post.  It is common for people getting into the sport of goose hunting to get confused and discouraged as they struggle for success.


I experienced those same frustrations when I first got into goose hunting as well.  However, with these goose hunting tips for beginners you will quickly be able to improve your chances of bagging some geese.


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Goose Hunting for Beginners: How to Goose Hunt
Goose Hunting for Beginners: How to Goose Hunt

Goose Hunting for Beginners: How to Goose Hunt:

  • Location is Key
  • Concealment must be great
  • Using the Wind to Your Advantage


Goose Hunting for Beginners Tip #1: Location is Key

Before you get to excited about decoys, hunting gear, goose calls, fancy guns and all of the other things you can use for goose hunting you first have to understand that location is key.  You see, you must be in a place where geese want to be in order to have a chance to shoot them.  For example, if there is a field or lake where you often see geese it should be obvious that those could be excellent goose hunting locations.


However, if you never see geese in that body of water or in a particular field the chances of you having success there is pretty limited.  The one exception is when geese are often passing by that location to go from one spot to another such as from their roost on water to another feeding field or when they are migrating.  In simple terms, if you see geese fly over that spot often, even if they are not landing there you can have an opportunity to pull them in with decoys.


How do you know where geese will be?  This is the key part in identifying a location to goose hunt is to find where they will be.  The best way to do this is to spend a lot of time scouting.  Scouting is when you are out driving around and actively looking for places where gooses are.  The goose hunters who have the most success often spend many hours driving around and to find locations for each of their hunts.  For a complete article on effective scouting techniques click here.


Goose Hunting for Beginners Tip #2: Concealment Must Be Great

Another key ingredient in having goose hunting success is being well concealed.  What I mean is that you must ensure that you are completely out of the sight of approaching geese otherwise they will get scared off and you will likely never get any shooting opportunities in.  Even if you do those opportunities will likely be too far of a distance to actually hit the geese.


There are many ways you can conceal yourself and the first part of concealment is wearing camouflage.  In pretty much every case when you are goose hunting you will want to have camouflage from head to toe to reduce being spotted by gooses.  However, if you are using a layout blind, pit blind or other blind system you will likely be mostly out of the sight of geese but to ensure you are not spotted it is best to wear camouflage.


Also, you will want to pay attention to how you are hiding yourself from geese.  What I mean is you can use a blind as I mentioned before like a layout blind, boat blind or pit blind.  Additionally, you can use natural coverings to stay concealed.  Sometimes that involves hiding yourself in natural weeds along a shoreline or sitting under trees.  Just be sure that as geese look in your direction from above that you have taken necessary measures to blend in well with your surroundings.


Goose Hunting for Beginners Tip #3: Using the Wind to Your Advantage

Finally, you will want to be sure you use wind to your advantage.  Geese land into the wind.  What I mean is that if the wind is blowing to the east the geese will land facing the west.  The best way to describe this is to look at the diagram included in this post.  As you can see the wind direction arrow is pointing to the right.  That means that the geese will want to land to the left, which is into the wind.


Once you grasp this key concept it can help you identify how you want to place your decoys.  In addition, you will also be able more accurately predict where the gooses will want to land which will allow you to position yourself in a close distance to their landing zone.


Final Thoughts: Goose Hunting for Beginners: How to Goose Hunt

As you can see there are some key elements that you must pay attention to as you learn how to goose hunt.  Although these goose hunting tips for beginners is not the complete guide to what goes into goose hunting, they should give you a great starting point for your goose hunting journey.  I hope these tips were useful for you and happy hunting!


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