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Guided goose hunt expectations

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  1. tulegoose

    tulegoose Senior Refuge Member

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    Wanted to see what should be expected on a guided goose hunt here in the Sacramento Valley. Hunt for 8 people. Now I realize it is hunting and anything can happen. What type of numbers of geese could you expect to be using a field you were to hunt in? Can you conceal 8 +2 well?

    Joe
     
  2. mak2782

    mak2782 Elite Refuge Member

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    Oh man, cant wait for the replies here.

    In my opinion, 8 is too many for a pleasant and enjoyable hunt without chaos and too much of a "party hunt" atmosphere...... even if all 8 of the dudes are close personal friends.

    the real question is, do you know all 8 of these folks (plus guides) and trust all of them to sit still and not pie face geese ....if and when they are working.
     
  3. Refugeguy

    Refugeguy Elite Refuge Member

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    24 shots 5 dead’s birds and 4 guys who got doubles
     
  4. mak2782

    mak2782 Elite Refuge Member

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    Nailed it.

    Ammo companies love these type of hunts.
     
  5. Wood-Dro

    Wood-Dro Elite Refuge Member

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    Yes you can hide 10. You can have a fun hunt with a big group. You can take turns on singles and doubles. Flocks, let loose. No way to answer the rest, too many unknown and what-if variables. If it's Callinfowl's favorite guide I'd bring burritos and lots of blind snacks.
     
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  6. phiml

    phiml New Member

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    Don’t know how the others hunt but our willows guided hunt were scheduled til noon only. We were all in white and Lay in the field type hunt w 8 guns. Guide said to expected 50 birds day ... but we only poked at one group and sailed 1. that was it for 8 guns, the fly were over around 9:00am and we quited at 10:00. All of us were very very disappointed.
     
  7. RefugeHunter

    RefugeHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Tough to shoot "in your lane" with 8 guns.

    I like 3 guns cause it makes it simple: left, right and middle. Even then you're going to have multiple guns on the same bird at times.

    If the snows decide your field is today's grind you could have hundreds of birds landing around you. "Being the grind" takes a lot of scouting, a lot of access a lot of decoys, and a lot of luck on a given day.

    You'll need a well coordinated shooting plan and the guide will need to call the signals.

    For instance maybe:

    Take turns as the primary shooter on singles and give them a specified number of shots before their designated backup(s) kick in.

    Have your more experienced shooters aim for the further out birds while your newer shooters take the candy birds.
     
  8. Speckslayer

    Speckslayer Elite Refuge Member

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    You should expect the guide to be professional, helpful, courteous, have well concealed blinds, good decoys, have a good looking field, and be a good caller. You should "hope" for a lot of birds in the area, a lot of shots at feet down geese in the decoys, and a big pile of birds for some great hero shots at the end. But you should not expect results like that in CA. They do happen often but it's not always the guides fault when it doesn't happen.
     
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  9. MAKAIRA

    MAKAIRA Elite Refuge Member

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    Limits!
     
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  10. Whackemnstackem

    Whackemnstackem Refuge Member

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    Agreed. Especially this year. Sometimes the guide can put you right on the flight and the birds still can be finicky and not want to work.
     
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