Our goose field was not as fervent this season as it has been in years past. Like many hunters, we spent many mornings staring out at thousands of specks, snows and Canadas from a dreary distance. It wasn’t until the final weeks of the season that the birds—specks in particular—decided to cross some imaginary line and give us a close enough look. After months of frustration and dejection, we finally maneuvered to get a few good shots on the incoming flocks. Even though the season seemed to screech to a halt, there were a few things we did to pick up the pace and improve our chances. Make sure to check out these five great ways to speed up a slow goose season—it could just be the difference between a forgettable and unforgettable hunt.
- The old codgers may scoff at this, but don’t be afraid to pick up and move. If the geese continue to fly along the periphery of your spread, grab a few decoys and walk to where they are flying. There are several run-and-gun type layouts on the market, and some of them even have room for decoys and silhouettes. If you don’t want to spend the money, just make sure you are in full camo, slot some dekes and go lay on the ground—just be sure to have something to cover your face.