To me it really comes down to 3 things when you are on the water hunting geese. In the field it is usually a different story, but on the water if you follow these three steps you will increase your success rate:
1) Use Your Goose Call To Get Their Attention
First, I use my goose call to get their attention. This is really a series of standard clucks. I want it to be a lilttle bit loud and maybe even a bit fast to get them to look. The only point of this is to get them to look in your direction and see your goose floaters.
2) Repeat The Notes That They Call To You
All you really are doing here in mimicing the goose as it calls to you. Usually when hunting the water this is a simple cluck. They will cluck to you and you will cluck back. This does two key things: it centers them on the goose blind and it gives them a sense of confidence.
3) Call Them All The Way To The Water
I've seen it too many times to count. A guy has a group of honkers with their wings set and seemingly on a string. They are coming in perfectly. He has called them from the other side of the lake and they are dead set on landing in his decoys. Suddenly when the geese are 100 yards away he stops calling and gets ready for the shot. The geese keep coming, but at 70 yards they get skittish and flare off never allowing a shot. The most important aspect of calling geese on the water is call them all the way to the water! Honestly, they want a sense of assurance that everything is all right. Geese are a vocal lot. Calling like crazy and then stopping is a warning flag to geese. So keep calling all the way until you call the shot. It will finish them great.
So there you have it, a simple 3 step approach to finishing geese in your decoys while hunting over water. Use these three steps and I assure you that you will improve your game bag!
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