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I know some people on here are into Shotgun Game shooting also.

I am going Goose shooting on Thursday morning before work starts, I saw what must have been over 200 flying today so I thought "Why Not"?

Any tips? I have never shot these before, I have No 3's, 42gr shot.....




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42g of 3 shot will be fine - its hitting the target that you need to consider -my mentor always said to aim at and swing through from the head, ignore the body or you'll miss behind.

Good luck and good shooting - oh, and the tail enders as they fly tend to be the youngest and the best eating.




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Try and keep your ranges realistic, a goose is a big bird and range can be tricky to judge, once they spot you they can go from being shootable to out of range in a wing beat. Make sure you swing through well they are almost certainly going faster than you think.
My dad allways said 'imagine the heads a Snipe and swing accordingly'
Not as easy as it sounds but dad used to shoot geese with his 20 bore and was quite capable of outperforming me with my 3.5" mag.
The cartridges will be perfect.

Hope you have good luck,



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Re: Geese

Daemo said:
Good luck and good shooting - oh, and the tail enders as they fly tend to be the youngest and the best eating.

this is not always correct as you often find geese in flight take it inturn to take the lead
and quite often it is an older bird that brings up the rear to keep the younger birds incheck and on the right line
as others hav said your choice of cartridge is fine and again like ezzy has pointed out ignore the body and swing through the head treat it like a snipe
yes i know it is hard to do but well worth the results :lol:
try not to be to adventurous by trying to take a high goose and give plenty of lead, they are very deceptive in flight
if you can aim for the front one and the 7th one back will probaly fold dead :lol: :evil:
just remember to identify what species of geese you are shooting at in the first place , might save you an embarrasing moment in the long run ;)

paul k

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This prompts me to tell a story. I live in The Vale of Clwyd in North Wales and whilst close to the famous Dee estuary we are not well known for goose shooting however we have about 200-300 greylag that winter with us from December to March (where they are before I don't know), mainly using big fields near Denbigh where they are mostly unmolested.

Just occasionally when the wind was different or they had been disturbed they used fields close to where I lived.

It was the last day of the inland wildfowl season and the whole lot were feeding on maize stubble just next to my house. With the wind the way that it was I knew that when they lifted off there would be a good chance that they would fly over my garden. I got into position behind my hedge and waited as the light started to fade.

With a huge commotion (God I love the sound of wild geese) they lifted off, initially headed towards the other side of the valley but then slowly but surely turned in my direction. The lead group crossed my boundary at about 20 metres high and right over my head.

I raised my gun, swung through and ..... decided not to shoot. Do you know what, it was just too easy, I just let them go and never regretted it.

It's a strange thing but I'm like that, a pheasant or deer could not be safer than in my garden but catch the same animal on my shooting ground and it's a goner. Out on the mud of the estuary I'd have squeezed the trigger but it just seemed too easy in my garden.


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Cheers everyone, all help is much appreciated, I have only done clays and the occasional Pigeon Decoying, so I'm up for anything to be honest, I havn't used my Shotgun in about 6 months so the first 42gr unfolding against my shoulder should be interesting. :oops:

Cheers Again.



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When you've got a couple of hundred pinks coming in like an express train, trust me Stu, you won't be noticing any recoil!

I can remember my first goose like it was yesterday...could even take you to the ditch in Perthshire where I was sat. Just watch out, you'll get hooked when you hear that goose music.


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And Scotland have a sensible idea about lead shot,

you cant use it over wetlands,

wearas we cant use it on wildfowl,

you can shoot a pheasant here where the shot drops onto a pond, but not a duck???

I agree about the speed the geese travel at, they are deceptive.


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seems like every one has beat me to it so all i say is good luck
and let us know how you get on ;)


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Good luck Stu
As everbody has said before their speed can catch you out AND pick one out of the flight and concentrate on that one, you can get distracted by the others in the flight.

Happy Hunting



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mate 3s are perfect,, dont be to worried about which bird to shoot, you will be far to exited when they come in range,but make sure they are in range, the advice about ignoring the body is spot on,but if they are close dont over lead em, they will flare when u fire, so dont be afraid to let another one off at em very often ive found if u miss with the first u connect with the second, finally if you think youve hit one watch it for ages ive seen em drop out 500 yards away or more. best of luck mate let me know how you got on HORNET


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Be sure to let them get right on top of you before you get up to shoot, so many times I've taken people out on the Wash and I tell them not to get up too soon as they will flare like hell and give you an impossible shot. I've seen skeins of Pinks missed that were only 10 yards up coming across the mud because people have got up too soon and they just go up and back like a rocket! If you let the leaders get just past you the others tend to follow and this gives you more time to be selective. The shot also has less energy taken out of it if you are tending to shoot up the feathers as it were. 3s are about as perfect as you'll get.
Good goosing


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Hi TartinJock
Just echoing what the others say especially Amhuinnsuidhe, whatever you do, don't don't move too soon!
I cut my wildfowling teeth on Strangford Lough & Lough Neagh back home and quickly learnt that the geese have far better vision than pigeons (who are pretty sharp-eyed), ANY movement and they'll starburst in front of you and you won't get much of a chance at them. Let them get right overhead if you can, supposing they stay low enough, then let them have some of that No3. You will probably still hit the bird behind the one you think you are aiming at, they can move fast without looking like they are trying to.

paul k

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If you want a bird with good eyesight it would be a crow. I've been sat in a hedge with pigeons dropping in as happy as you like but a crow has been flying straight at me, about 100 metres out swung in a circle around me and then resumed its original course having passed 100 metres behind.
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