By Gary Koehler
Having witnessed world-champion-caliber callers shake their heads and mumble after delivering 10 minutes of the goosiest talk known to man, only to watch a flock of honkers disappear into the wild blue yonder, it has become succinctly clear to me that no one pulls in every bunch of geese they see. No one.
That's because not all Canada geese
are inclined to "finish" the way hunters would like: faithfully lining up over the decoys
, feet down, wings cupped, hovering at point-blank range. This perfect scenario just doesn't happen every time out, no matter what level of calling prowess the hunter may possess.
There is no question that a goose call in the hands of a savvy caller is a valuable tool. To some seasoned veterans, accomplished calling
ranks second in importance only to setting up where the geese want to be. But there are several other considerations that factor into the equation.
Over time, a goose hunter learns to take care of the little things. So we contacted four pros, all well schooled in the ways of the Canada goose, and asked them to share their expertise. Between them they've got more than 80 years of field experience. While they may not have seen it all, they've seen a lot—and learned enough to know how to consistently close the deal with Canadas and to help you do the same.