Tom Sykes and his brother Jack and spend a day ambushing some wily geese
Most of our goose shooting is done by flighting and intercepting them as they move between the mud and their desired inland feeding ground. However, the spot we chose gave us a chance to dust off the decoys and see if we could convince them to settle among us. As it was getting towards the end of the season, we left our goose rags at home and took a handful of old shells and a few full-bodied decoys to be more realistic for the wise birds.
We arrived in plenty of time, allowing us to leisurely set the decoy pattern and get into position before the first geese arrived. Geese weren’t moving the previous day until close to sunrise, so we knew there wasn’t a mad panic.
The decoy pattern was very simple. We spread the decoys around the gutter in small groups. We hoped this would take the birds’ attention away from our position. Although we were after pinks, Canadas and greylags were also in the area, so Jack brought a few Canada shell decoys to add a little bulk to the pattern while giving us a chance at pulling them in.
We were all set up and ready before the sun began to appear on the horizon, with our coffee cooling in the breeze. We sat fairly relaxed until we both stopped, mid-sentence, after hearing what we thought was a single goose. We sprung into action and begun to call together before we saw the faint outline of a pink in the murky sky as it approached.