Waterfowl hunters received good news from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service this summer when the agency’s annual waterfall survey showed that the total population of ducks was estimated at 47.3 million — 34 percent above the 1955-2016 average and fifth largest on record — and goose numbers remain stable or increasing, with Canada goose numbering over 3 million birds, and snow goose numbers remaining high as well.
Lifelong waterfowl hunter, goose calling competition judge and Lynch Mob Calls head George Lynch knows what it takes to be a consistently-successful goose hunter. Here are his four keys to improving your own goose hunting prowess.
1. Cover up
Hiding from prying eyes is the first step to success. Field hunters must be sure field stubble is high enough to provide cover needed to hide your blinds. And make sure your camouflage matches the prevalent cover.
2. Think your set-up through
Before setting up, take into consideration both the wind direction and the angle of the sun. Whenever possible, position your blinds and decoys so geese attempting to land into the wind will also have the sun in their eyes — and the sun behind you. This will distort their vision.
3. Don’t call just to hear yourself
Calling randomly at birds is a fool’s game. Instead, let their body language dictate the volume and intensity of the calling. If the birds are locked on the spread, stick with confidence calling until they change their attention — then blow a bit more aggressively to them. Learn to become proficient on your call so you can control the flight.
4. Don’t be trigger happy
Let the birds work! New goose hunters tend to get overly excited if the birds don’t initially commit to the decoy spread, wanting to pull and shoot on that first swing rather than letting them take their time and make more than one pass before they lower their landing gear. Have confidence that you can seal the deal with your decoys and your calling, and you’ll end up with high-percentage shots instead of Hail Mary’s.
How smart goose-call design improves calling success
Each aforementioned element help make up a successful hunt for migrating geese. However, when the birds are there and it’s time to seal the deal, it all comes down to your calling.
One thing’s for certain — without a quality call you cannot be consistently successful. And the Executioner from Lynch Mob Calls is one you might want to have a look at.
“The all new, redesigned Executioner goose call — it’s been in our line for several years, but we improved it for 2017 — is truly the one call that can do it all. It can hit screaming loud, high pitched notes for migrators and windy days, yet still hit the nastiest low end imaginable,” said Lynch Mob Calls head George Lynch. “It’s truly our most versatile call.”
Recommended for both average and advanced callers, The Executioner is a short call designed to fit perfectly in your hand without impairing either your ability to position it properly or the quality of the sound it produces. The barrel has a specially-tapered bore for speed, sharpness and range, and the insert has a more open bore for increased volume. It has a shaved reed and semi-worn X-Factor “blood” guts.
The Executioner comes in five cool colors — stealth, fluorescent green, radioactive, high voltage and camo. More information can be found at here.
Watch George Lynch review the Executioner’s features by viewing the video here.
The Executioner features
Recommended for both average and advanced goose callers, The Executioner is a great choice for both early-season and late-season birds.
- Key features include:
- The short-bodied design fits the hand perfectly to avoid too much back pressure
- The barrel has a specially-tapered bore for speed and range
- The insert has more open bore for volume
- A shaved reed
- Semi-worn X-Factor “blood” guts