How do you make a goose call? My wife asked me this question the other day as we were doing some research for a kitchen remodel on http://www.homeproimprovement.com/. This question gets tossed around a lot – and there’s no simple answer. However, there are a few basic things you should understand about goose calling:
1. There are no shortcuts to choosing guts (the tone board and wedge). Unlike duck calls, goose calls have a number of variables (barrel dimensions, keg dimensions, gut/reed combo), but both take a considerable amount of practice.
2. A great way to learn how to call geese is to watch and listen to live geese.
3. Determine your budget before purchasing a goose call. More expensive doesn’t necessarily mean higher quality. More times than not, the type of material, manufacturing process and usefulness of the call is what dictates the cost.
4. Make sure you choose a goose call that feels comfortable in your hand. They come in a variety of different shapes and feel/fit is an important aspect of goose calling.
5. Make sure you match the call to the sub-species of goose that you’re hunting. Not all geese sound the same, so it’s essential that you have the appropriate tool for the hunt.