In Scotland we have the Greylag goose and the Pink-footed goose as regular seasonal visitors. They visit Scotland in the winter time, and then range throughout the Highlands with concentrations in the Central belt and up the east coast. To hunt the wild Greylag and Pink-footed geese in Scotland we typically use two methods. Geese like to use a specific group area to roost (sleep) overnight. These are normally areas that have been used for many years, and because of this they will be used by large numbers of geese. With this kind of movement back and forth, some territories will set hunters up on the flight line in, or out, of the roost site. Goose hunting in Scotland is normally conducted a good distance away from the actual site, so that the birds are not disturbed so much that they will leave the area altogether. This kind of hunting largely depends on windy weather keeping the birds low and, of course, the chance that the geese come your way.
Wild Goose hunting in Scotland can also make use of decoys. Your guide will be watching the geese feeding areas before you arrive, and he will then take you to the best areas to set you up in a hide with decoys already in the field. Then it is a matter of waiting for the birds to come. Remember this is conducted in the winter time and can be very cold, so make sure you have warm hunting gear on and good shooting gloves. You will hear the geese long before you see them, and if everything works out right they will then come to your decoys and give you a shot. Usually the geese will come in many groups, known as “skeins”, thereby giving you better shooting.
Whichever way you choose to get involved with goose hunting in Scotland the sound of the geese approaching is very exciting. Your guide will have spoken to you beforehand and given you advice on where they may come from, and when it is best to shoot. The geese are all entirely wild birds, so remember to keep well down until they are within range. Your guide will also tell you when it is time to stop shooting, so you can go for a late breakfast and get warmed up before possibly moving on to another area later in the day.
We would like to thank you for our recent goose and pigeon flight day in the North East of Scotland. We had a full day shooting for all our members , with the geese coming down to your decoys in the morning, followed by lunch, before setting off to flight the wood pigeons in the afternoon. We will need to restock our cartridges for our next trip with you. Really appreciate all your efforts with this organising.
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