1 | Big Texas Geese
This hunt took place in the open country of Midwest Texas. You might think of Texas as a whitetail and Rio Grande turkey state, but waterfowl winter here by the thousands. Goose hunting is a rich tradition.
2 | Big muddy field
Maybe you’ll find some birds in a nice, dry field with a brushy ditch nearby. But not likely. Good waterfowl hunting spots are usually, in short, a pain in the ass to hunt. This soupy, muddy field is exhibit A.
3 | Big decoys
Big country requires big decoy spreads. The logistics of setting out so many decoys is astounding and takes a sizable crew to tote the faux birds through the skinny water and get them set up.
4 | Big painted faces
Paint up -- Phil Robertson says so. Flashing faces probably save the lives of more ducks and geese than any other hunter error. Well, maybe except missing.
5 | Big shells
A Canada goose is a big, tough bird with strong bones and dense muscles. It takes a hefty steel payload to knock one down. In the grand scheme of things, shells are cheap. Bring plenty of them.
6 | Big calls
This is Justin Hill of Ranger Creek Goose guide service. And he knows how to blow a short-reed.
7 | Big geese
Big and vocal as they are, Canada geese can slip in silently, seemingly from nowhere. A good goose hunter is always on the lookout.
8 | Big dog
Good dog. He’s as much a part of this hunt as anyone else. And he’d for sure rather be here than on the couch.
9 | Big cold
Think the weather is always warm in Texas? Think again. Come January, it gets downright frigid. Just the way a goose hunter likes it.
10 | Big miss
Floating hulls don’t lie. A goose might be big, but he moves pretty fast. Even top gunners miss them on occasion.
11 | Big hunt
Those birds are heavy, but packing them out of the field isn’t all bad. It’s the culmination of the hunt: the scouting, the decoys, the calling. It’s goose hunting, man. That’s why we go.