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Wood Goose Hunting

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Regardless of when goose season opens, where your opportunities are wood geese will be there-and probably tons of them.

Wood geese nest throughout many areas of the country, and for some backwaters off the principal migratory flyways, they may be the only web footed game to be located. You are able to generally count on wood geese to show up for opening day, since they have been likely residents of your place. They have been beautifully plumed birds that taste as great as they seem, and they’re not especially vigilant while they can be evasive. Hunting them successfully is less about equipment, calling, and decoy spreads and more about firing right and scouting hard.

At much more wood geese, one usually fires for the most part than are hit-and still a lot are hit. Woodies rank as the second most significant goose in the bag after mallards in the Mississippi and Atlantic Flyways. Your opportunities will be improved by understanding where and how to set up for them. Here is a short summary on spring snow goose hunts.

Wood geese were almost extinct at the turn of the 20th century due to clearing and overhunting of old-growth forest habitat where they fed and nested on acorns. They rallied nicely thanks forest maturation, to better regulation, and thousands of volunteer-built nesting boxes.

Now woodies nest from the Canadian prairies to the Gulf of Mexico and are seen in the Pacific and Central Flyways also.

Generally, wood geese congregate in a marsh or pond at nighttime, roosting near deeper water where they feel safe. Early risers even before morning, they leave the roost by waterfowl standards and fly out to feed in shallow ponds, sloughs, and streams, where they eat aquatic insects, acorns, berries, seeds, and duckweed. Woodies also feed on waste grain in dry cornfields. They usually return to the roost after shooting hours end at sundown.