By Will Brantley
Electronic callers are legal to use while hunting light geese (snow and Ross's geese) in most areas during the special spring conservation order. Though e-callers are capable of producing lifelike, high-volume snow goose sounds with the push of a button, using one doesn't guarantee that these wary birds will fall into your decoy spread.
"At the end of the day, it's all about where you're hunting," says veteran snow goose guide Scott Robinson. "The best advice I can give for using an e-caller is to treat it just as you would a mouth call. You don't blare loud notes on a duck call when a mallard is locked up at 50 yards. Let the geese tell you what sounds they like and how loud to play the right calls."
Like many light goose hunters, Robinson builds his own e-callers using small MP3 players and portable speakers.
"I've had good hunts with 10 speakers in the spread, and I've seen geese decoy to just one speaker," he says. "I usually use two speakers—one set permanently in the shooting zone and another that I can hold in my hand and point toward geese as they're working."