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Mid-America Hunting Association
Unguided goose hunting requires the do it yourself goose hunter to scout. Scouting will always be required regardless of how good our recommendation may be of where to hunt.
The start of that scouting are the web site waterfowl reports. The next step would be to hit the road glassing around the area where Mid-America Hunting Association has its tens of thousands of acres and find where the geese are. Once in that area step up a spread and start calling.
Understanding this scouting requirement is often agreed to that even though geese may repetitively use the same feeding field for a stretch of days they may not be there the next day or any other time for the rest of the season. And, we have seen sufficient variety to their feeding patterns to know they do not always conform to accepted norms.
A contrast to this unguided goose hunting approach would be a guided goose hunt with the typical goose hunt outfitter clustered around one of the larger state or federal refuges that see much more pressure from middle of the regular waterfowl season through spring snow goose. Being able to get out and always from the more highly pressured areas often is the difference between seeing a lot of geese and actually being able to goose hunt.
What we do is provide recommendations on the region to scout. Provide crop field locations through our online map library and water details on our land lease maps. The rest is up to the hunter to make the rest of his unguided goose hunting experience.
The minimal goose set up would be a layout blind and a couple of dozen decoys. That may be on a wet only, wet/dry or straight field set. The most hard core goose hunters will team up using ATV’s on permitted fields to place large spreads in excess of 1,000 decoys. Some may have two fields separated by miles of such a spread. These field spreads may be left in place at the Association hunters own risk for as long as wanting to hunt.
Those that set the small spreads are often Canada Goose hunters that are willing to travel a bit more and have mobility to react from day to day. Those with the large spreads are more often late/spring Snow or Light Goose hunters. The self guided advantage is the Association hunter gets to hunt his way and where he wants.
Unguided Kansas goose hunting on the eastern part of Kansas is typically as productive as anywhere in northern Missouri to include for bands.
Three banded Canada Geese on one goose hunt. A rare event.