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Goose hunting 2010

So 2010 is upon us and it is time to think about what that means for goose hunting.  As with all the hunting sports there seems to be a never ending influx of new accessories and gear.  Some we will wonder how we ever did without, others we will simply be wasting our time and money on.  With that as a backdrop, let’s look into the goose hunting gear and information that will separate the wheat from the chaff so to speak.

When it comes to hunting, the most important thing to consider is location.  Similar to real estate, hunting is all about location, location, location.  So keep that in mind when it is time to find that field you are going to hunt this year.  Did anything drastically change from the past year?  Water up or down in your area?  Agricultural fields change from wheat to soybean or corn to grass?  All these are important and will lead to better success if you are able to gleen what is important to your situation.

The second most important thing in hunting is concealment.  When it comes to goose hunting, the majority of the emphasis will be on hunting in agricultural fields.  With that in mind it is important to think about mobility as it relates to concealment.  Specialized goose hunting attire is important, but perhaps the most important is your goose blind.  Layout blinds are ever evolving, and this year it is no different.  In addition to a great lightweight and mobile blind, the layout blinds of 2010 are also becoming increasingly comfortable.  The longer you are able to stay in the field comfortably, the more likely your hunting bag is to increase.  Keep that in mind when you are setting up your hunts.  If you are able to stay hidden and away from the prying eyes of geese you are in for an impressive display in your decoy spread this year.

Speaking of goose decoys, it seems that the innovations here are never ending.  The full body goose decoys of yesteryear are still important, but the amount of benefit is slowly decreasing due to the amount of people using them.  That isn’t to say that you should ditch yours.  Increasingly it is becoming almost  imperative to have such decoys in your spread.  What has changed the game a bit is the use of flocked goose decoys.  If you haven’t seen the affect these have on geese you really need to look into it.  The realism of these decoys is hard to under state.  Suffice it to say that these flocked decoys flat out work.  The way the sun reflects off them (or should I say doesn’t reflect off of them) really adds and air of authenticity to your goose decoy spreads.  When you are out in the field this will help you set yourself apart.

Of course as this site’s namesake should already have your thinking, goose calls are a key component in any successful goose hunt.  If you are not willing to go the route of the short reed goose call, that doesn’t mean you are sunk.  You can go with the tried and true goose flute and do pretty well.  Just make sure you are in the right place and hidden well.  If you are adventurous enough, taking the first strides into the shortreed world can pay huge dividends.  The range of vocalizations possible with short reed goose calls is quite impressive and if you are able to master one of these calls you can truly set yourself apart.  And we know that is what matters in the goose blind at the end of the day.

As we enter the 2010 goose season make sure to reassess your lot in life and how you are going to approach the season.  All the planning you do before hand is what will set you apart this season and separate the good goose hunters from the mediocre ones.  Let’s all plan on making goose hunting 2010 the best year ever!

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