The One-Man Field Rig for Canada Geese
Tyler Shoberg, Associate Editor on 11/03/2014
Goose hunting and friends are a lot like milk and cookies: They go better together. But sometimes the most glorifying honker hunts happen alone. Here’s how to find success in the field when you’re the only one there.
• Full-body decoys are heavy and take precious time to set on your own. Instead, use lighter shells and silhouettes that deploy quickly, take up minimal space, and are plenty effective on even pressured birds.
• A lone layout blind is easy to brush and blends in way better than a row of humps. But if driving to the X isn’t in the cards, bring a small roll of burlap. Besides taking up virtually no space, you can’t get much lower profile than lying flat on the ground.
• Getting the same party feel of multiple callers takes practice as a solo act. Vary pitch by opening and closing your off hand to sound like more than one goose. Better yet, get the tricky hiccup down by alternating a moan-cluck sequence that increases speed as birds approach.
• Motion is key on any hunt. Wave a flag to get the attention of passing geese from afar, or on the corners when they’re circling for another look.
• Everyone loves setting for in-you-face action, but geese become spooky after surviving the first or second such spread. Switch things up by moving 90 degrees — being mindful to keep the sun out of your face — and catching birds from the side.
Hunting alone isn’t easy, but the taste of success is sweet. Plus, there’s no drawing straws for bands.