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Goose guide out east

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  1. Anchovy Andrew

    Anchovy Andrew Refuge Member

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    My birthdays coming up next Wednesday and I was pondering going on a guided goose hunt out east. In thirteen years of waterfowl hunting I’ve never been on a guided hunt. Anyone have recommendations on who to book with? I searched online but was hoping for input from folks on here.I’ve never hunted with a guide service so I’m a little unsure of what to expect. It would be me and my wife going. Do you tip? How much do you tip? Do you bring your calls? What’s a fair price to pay for a day of goose hunting? Any input on what it’s like hunting with a group of random strangers?
     
  2. EWUEagles

    EWUEagles Senior Refuge Member

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    Guzman is a guide so hopefully he'll chime in on a lot of you're questions. I would tell you what his guide service is called but I don't want to say the wrong name. Going rate for a goose hunt seems to be 250-300. Sometimes you can find them a little cheaper if you follow the guides facebook page. Big Guns (Bill Saunders), Eagle Lakes, Honkstomper, and Burbank Guide service are a couple you could reach out to and see if they have any openings.
     
  3. badhabit

    badhabit Elite Refuge Member

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    Isn't Ben still with Northflight?
     
  4. EWUEagles

    EWUEagles Senior Refuge Member

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    That's what I thought but wasn't 100% sure.
     
  5. CurrencyTrader

    CurrencyTrader Senior Refuge Member

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    Moon guide service/Northflight, Shane runs it, Ben guides......Ben has been on the birds lately think his groups killed nearly 90 geese over Thanksgiving, the hunt I was on we got 17
     
  6. CurrencyTrader

    CurrencyTrader Senior Refuge Member

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    As far as what to bring, lunch, gun, shells and license...if you insist on calling I suppose you can, but if you're hunting out of a pit, you won't know what you are calling to, It's a great chance to just relax and shoot over someone else's stuff and let them do the work
     
  7. Guzman

    Guzman Elite Refuge Member

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    All the guide services listed above are good ones. Echternkamp’s is one other good one not listed. I don’t think you can go wrong with any of those. I would say a typical tip is $20 but can be more. Had a group of 6 give me $360 this weekend but that is on high end and very generous.

    If you want some calling lessons or advise bring calls. Other than that I wouldn’t. It isn’t so much that your calling ability could hurt something it is more that it throws the guides focus off. They are going off sound a lot so calling just gets in their head.

    $250-$350 is going rate. I think Eagle Lakes is the highest and closer to $350.

    For the most part hunting with strangers is fine. I do it all the time. Pretty rare that people don’t get along. Most of the people out there are people just like you who hunt a fair amount.
     
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  8. Action

    Action Elite Refuge Member

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    I would go with anyone from Othello to moses lake. They are holding a lot of birds.
     

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