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Many goose hunters have a tendency to focus all their attention on either Canada geese or snow geese. However, specklebelly goose hunting in Missouri provides wing shooters late season goose hunting excitement and a challenge not found in other hunting other goose species.
How to Identify Specklebelly Geese
Speckle bellies are called that due to the broken black barring that runs across the breasts of adult birds. They are also known as white front in some circles due to the white patch that starts immediately from behind the bill of a mature bird. The speckle belly goose is medium-sized, weighs between 4 to 6 pounds and is slender as well as lithe on the wing. The white front careens out of the sky by butterflying or side slipping in a vertical descent. Its call is also high pitched and melodious much like laughter.
White fronted geese are wary, less tolerant of human intrusion therefore difficult to approach. They are also wilder compared to other geese and are among the most prized members in the geese clan. Hunting them is a challenge, one needs to be prepared by carrying out scouting, laying goose decoys before first light and overall the process requires a significant amount of investment in terms of time.
Step 1: Secure Permission
It is important to begin preparation before the start of goose hunting season. Secure permission in order to hunt on the farms you believe that the geese will use during the upcoming winter. Most farmers readily lease pieces of their land for goose hunting or will even goose hunt themselves. Since geese can cause extensive damage to winter wheat crops, some landowners will allowing respectable hunters or Missouri guided goose hunts as long as the plans are laid before commencement of the season.
Obtain permission on fields and fortunately, for you, speckle bellies can be very predictable since they winter in particular areas year after year. As soon as the season opens, study their movement patterns, loafing areas, feed places, roosting sites and flight paths between each location. If they fly near your hunting locations as they move from feeding to roosting areas and vice versa, you may decoy them to your area using calls and decoys.
Step 2: Decoying
Since the white fronted geese are found among flocks of snow geese, hunters can use some of the same goose decoy spreads and decoys. The speckle belly geese have a tendency to gather in small groups usually at that edge of their snow goose flocks. Therefore, any white fronted looking decoys should be positioned to emulate the behavior.
Step 3: The Goose Call
Since speckle bellies have calls that are significantly different from Snow or Canada geese, it is a good idea to obtain as well as study video and audio tapes that focus on the right sounds to use. High and low pitched yodels made through saying he he, ha ha Into the call help attract the attention of a distant flock once it is within hearing range. Continue the calling until you are ready to shoot.
The marking of a successful specklebelly hunt is the most scrumptious wild game meal ever. Many hunters are of the opinion that the meat is far superior in terms of taste compared to Canada or snow geese.