You need gear to hunt geese, fortunately a lot of that gear can double for duck hunting. On this episode I talk about the gear you need, should have, and should consider to go goose hunting and how it stacks up with duck hunting gear. I also talk about the single most important thing when it comes to getting you waterfowl hunting gear together and no it is not a type of gear or a brand, it matters much more than that.
Items Somewhat Unique For Goose Hunting
- Shotgun – Whatever you already have or can borrow is the best place to start! Hunt, learn, and then decide what would be best for you to buy.
- Choke – People often go with a little tighter choke than what they use for duck hunting.
- Shells – Consider going with larger shot than you use for duck hunting, higher velocities, or something denser than steel, like bismuth.
- A Goose Call – You do not need anything super fancy, but I waded through cheap calls until I found something that worked work well like the Field Proven Raptor Goose Call.
- Decoys + Decoy rigs/anchors + Decoy Bag – You can start with as few as 6-12 decoys. You want something cheap, small, and durable.
- A Good Hide – Many hunters, including experts build their own blind on location with whatever they can find that day. This should cost you $0 to get started.
- Decoy/Gear Transportation – A Jed Sled is ideal once you have more gear than you can carry on your back, but a cart or kayak are good options too, if you have them.
- All the required hunting licenses – This will include some mix of general state hunting license, state waterfowl hunting license, and federal license depending on where you live.
- Ear Protection – Never get into a goose blind without ear protection. Start with the cheapest foam ear plugs money can buy then work your way up to better electronic options, I think Tetra Hearing makes the best ear protection in the industry but they are most likely a second or third season purchase for most new waterfowl hunters. Keep in mind a good earplug strategy can make the difference between foam ear plugs being a usable tool and something that ruins your hunt.
- Waders – You need to have a way to get into water to retrieve decoys and geese.
- Waste Up Camo – You should be hidden well for goose hunting, but little below your shoulders should ever be visible.
- Call Lanyard – Keeps you calls handy so you can grab them with minimal movement, and keeps them from getting lost in the mud.
- Jerk Rig – Something to create motion on water when the wind isn’t blowing.
- Cold Weather Gear – As the season progresses you will need items that are wind and waterproof. Warm gear will help extend your season.
- A Hand Warming Plan – Some people like warm gloves, a callers glove, a warmer muff or just pockets with handwarmers. Get some experience and see what you prefer.
- Headlamp – Expensive options get you very little more function than cheap ones. Waterproofing is about the only feature worth paying more for.
- Decoy Gloves – Something waterproof is a must have for cold days with cold water.
- Seat – You need something that will keep you dry, comfort is a plus. Consider a short folding stool, a turkey chair, a piece of an exercise mat, or just a bucket with a lid.
Listen to the episode for all the details!