Getting Ready For The Goose Hunting Early Season
If you plan on hunting goose in the early season you should scout in order to find out which zones the birds prefer to rest in and which areas have the crucial food sources needed before the season begins. If you plan on hunting on water be sure to check which of the surroundings wet waters have water in them and which of these wet areas the geese use for resting. If you are going to hunt on land don’t forget to check the nearby fields in order to find out what crops are growing in them. You must keep in mind that farmers usually rotate their crops, for example last year corn, this year beans, rice or wheat the next year so it is highly recommended to know in advance which of the fields have the right crops. If you plan on hunting geese always remember to choose a feeding area as these locations are very populated, remember to ask for permission from the landowner so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises. If unfortunately the feeding area has been already leased to someone else or the owner won’t allow anyone to hunt on his land it is advisable to get the nearest available land.
The closer the spot is to the feeding area, the better. Due to the fact that goose hunting as well as duck hunting is getting more and more popular, it is getting harder and harder to find an available place to hunt ( especially for goose ). If you are aware of a goose feeding area we recommend that you secure hunting rights to it long before the season starts. You might consider helping the owner with some work around the place or by dropping a few birds every time you leave the area in order to obtain exclusive rights. Unfortunately, some times the only way to do is to lease the land.
If the price is too high and you can’t afford it the advisable thing to do is to get a few friends and secure a lease. If you gather a large number of hunters every year, then we recommend a longer-term lease. A few things that you can do in order to obtain exclusive rights is to write a leas request, a few birds as a present or a gift certificate for dinner for the owners of the land might do the trick. Once you have obtained exclusive rights to the land be sure to place “ No Hunting “ signs if the landowner allows you. In order to maintain a good relationship with the owner, make sure you close all the gates, pick up all the shotgun shells, don’t leave any garbage laying around. Be sure not to leave blinds or decoys in the field where they may get damaged by the farm equipment or worse, the decoys/blinds might wreck the farm equipment and we are certain that you wouldn’t like that to happen. All in all, make sure you finish all the arrangements long before the season starts so you won’t have any unpleasant surprises. Take things step by step and we assure you that your hunting days will be both exciting and fruitful.