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14 Snow Goose Hunting Tips

Follow these quick tips to improve your odds on your next trip
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  • Don't over call. Calls are most useful for calling in single birds or isolated pairs. 

  • Do not begin shooting while birds are still landing. For maximum shooting opportunity, wait until birds already on the ground begin to get nervous and take flight. 

  • Hunting partners should agree on fields of fire so shooting opportunities are not wasted by shooting at the same bird. 

  • Take your first shots at birds that are at the fringe of your effective range, then work your way back through closer birds. 

  • Focus on one bird at a time. 

  • A morning's shooting ends when the birds go back to roost in refuge areas during the middle of the day. Sometimes that is as early as 9 a.m., other times they may not roost until noon. Afternoon feeding flights can arrive two hours before dark, but they may not appear until shooting hours are almost over. 

  • 2 3/4-inch shotgun shells with No. 1 or No. 2 steel shot work well for snow geese.  
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