Callum Burns

Date: March 25, 2015

The Geese are Coming

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Team Wild TV Young Gun Callum Burns, reveals his top tips for hunting geese.

Geese are huge, raucous birds that can be easily spotted from miles away. Despite this they are not the easiest of birds to target.

Geese are super stealthy, with the ability to sneak up without making the slightest noise. Thanks to their huge wingspan they can reach fast speeds of up to 55mph, making it extremely challenging for shooters to achieve a successful shot.

From previous experience shooting geese, I want to share with you some top tips for a successful hunt.

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If you can see the geese, they can see you better.

  • Keep your head down and don’t make a sound. One slight movement or noise and the birds will scarper, spoiling your chances of a successful hunt.

Find the geese’s feeding areas.

  • Geese love open fields allowing a wider view of the surroundings, giving predators a much tougher time in getting close. This also gives geese better opportunity to take flight and land safely.

Keep your eyes on the skies.

  • Like I’ve already pointed out geese are extremely stealthy. Keep scanning the sky every 30 seconds or so for any inclinations of geese approaching.

Work as a team.

  • Spreading out and covering different parts of the hunt location will maximise your chances of success.

Dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Being exposed to cold weather for long periods of time can make you unwell. Wearing at least three layers, including a windproof jacket will keep you warm. Head to Team Wild Outfitters for the perfect gear for any hunt.

It’s not all about the cartridge.

  • You can buy the biggest, heaviest cartridge on the market, but if your aim isn’t right you’ll never kill the goose.

Geese are hard as nails.

  • Geese require a direct hit to make them plummet to the ground. Don’t forget geese are extremely tough birds and will do anything to land on the nearest lake or loch.

A bad workman blames his tools.

  • You can’t become a champion goose hunter overnight, like anything it takes time. Practice with your rifle as much as possible, it doesn’t have to be a Purdey or a Churchill, as long as it can actually shoot safely. Practice makes perfect.

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So there you have it, just a few simple tips to help you master the art of hunting geese.

To see fellow Team Wild TV Expert Keith Anderson take on some Troublesome Canadian Geese please click here.

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