Funny you say that apparently far more calling than our guides were willing to make. LOL On guides orders we took three birds. On long range tight chokes and distance loads put in we took 19. In other words shooting made up for a lack of prowess of getting the birds into the set up. The guides just failed to address the need for massive calling amounts and fell back on the statement of next week we can use electronic callers and it will be incredible. Thats all fine and dandy and the guide knowing that makes me wonder why so little calling was done today???? My opinion the guides were burned out, the fella that was supposed to take us sent replacements and their overall attitude was if the hunt wasnt a raving success it wasnt to be worried with cause next week it would be better.We we werent there next week.
I got a taste of just what a snow goose hunt could be and I can flat out tell you i will do it again but these fellas had their shake in front of my cameras and wont get that chance again. I am glad the boys got to take what they did but I wont kid you most of those birds were shot 70-90 yards up. Definately further than you or I would want to shoot normally . It was only due to the fact that there were some very serious shotgunners with some very customized rigs that could hold a pattern at those distances that we took the 19 in other words. The average Joe would have had a very dissapointing hunt.
I do Snow Goose Hunts here in Missouri during the spring season, and we average 10 geese per day per hunter, I use 1,400 decoys many Full Body, with trained Lab, and custom E:System, it is a great hunt if you get into them right
There can be too much of a good thing with antler rattling.
I like to hit the horns together for a good 30- to 40-second rattling sequence and then hang them up and resist the urge to hit them again.
This works to the hunter's advantage, because if a buck has heard it, he may have been 300 or 400 yards away and he comes in and he's not exactly sure where it came from.
When finally is time to rattle again throw a slight change-up into the routine.
The second time, don't rattle as loud...