Video: Early Season Canada Goose Hunting In New York

Early Season Goose Hunting Video

The early Canada Goose hunting season in New York offers liberal limits and the ability to hunt without a plug in your shotgun. The combination of a large resident population and early migrating geese can make for some incredible hunting to start the season.

We setup in a ditch between a cut silage field and a green hay field. Not knowing which field the geese would prefer, we set decoys on both sides of and gave them options. It quickly became apparent the hay field was the spot for the day as flock after flock of honkers would work that side. The wind was nearly calm and birds would slide into the spread from just about any direction and it made it a challenge to center them up and get good video, but at the end of the day, after a handful of moves by the cameras, the result was an incredible first hunt for Fowled Reality season 4!


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Realtree: “The X” New York Early Goose Hunting

Earlier this year we announced a new partnership with Realtree that included a new line of duck and goose hunting videos titled “The X”. This was going to be a line of videos unique from our standard Fowled Reality shows. For the next 10 weeks, we’ll have new content that will be a part of as well as the Realtree Outdoors YouTube channel and social media outlets.

The Canada goose hunting opportunities New York has to offer are some of the best in the country. Their early season features a 15 goose per man daily limit as well as the ability to hunt without a plug. We traveled there last month to start their season off. A recent cold front pushed some early migrating geese south to combine with an abundant resident population making for some great goose hunting.

Goose and Duck Hunting Video: Season 2 Sizzle Reel

Duck Hunting Video

As the duck and regular goose season begins to wind down, we wanted to share a little bit of what Fowled Reality has captured so far in this short goose and duck hunting video sizzle reel. Everyone had high hopes going into this season with record numbers of birds surveyed across the north just as last year. We learned last year that no matter how many birds there are, without cooperative weather, the season would be tough. One would think we couldn’t experience back-to-back warm winters. Well, we have. We’ve had our share of cold fronts this year, but the 20 degree drop in temperatures has quickly been followed by unseasonably warm temperatures. Many of the waterfowl migrations we’ve experienced across the Central and Mississippi Flyways have been short lived. New birds would arrive, rest up, and either lounge in the warm temps or continue south. It has been a battle to find ducks and geese to hunt. More miles have been driven than ever before, but we’ve captured some great hunts all across the country. In this goose and duck hunting video, take a look at some of the best so far from the Central, Mississippi, and Atlantic flyways.


New Waterfowl Decoys for 2012/2013

New Waterfowl Decoys

One of the most important tools we use are waterfowl decoys.  Birds get smarter every year and in order to experience success hunters need realistic looking decoys.  With lots of decoys on the market, hunters have options.  Here are some of the new waterfowl decoys we've found for next year.


Tanglefree Full Body Duck Decoys

New Waterfowl Gear for 2012

A new waterfowl hunting gear list wouldn't be complete without duck decoys! Tanglefree is coming out with some awesome looking full body Pintail decoys.  These will be a great addition to your field spread and if you experienced what we did this year, you're looking to add some Pintail duck decoys.  There was definitely an abundance of them this year as seen in EP6. They come in packages of 4 duck decoys (1 sleeper, 1 upright, and 2 feeders) complete with round bases and field stakes.  One thing we like about them is the bungee system used to secure to the stake.  This allows a hunter to easily move them when need be.  No picking up the stake and decoy separately or having them fall off the stake system.  The bungee system also seems to give a little more life like movement to the spread.






New Waterfowl Gear for 2012

They'll also be unveiling a line of full body wigeon decoys that you can add to your duck decoy spread.  Early pictures we've seen make them look just a pretty as the Pintails.  They'll come with the same stake system, but we have yet to see how many come in a pack and what poses you'll get. Looks like a great new waterfowl decoy to add to the Fowled Reality spread this season.





New Waterfowl Decoys from Avery/GHG

Avery/GHG Snow Goose Decoys

New Waterfowl Decoys

These are probably the most exciting new waterfowl decoys for 2012/2013.  A one piece snow goose full body from Avery.  The paint schemes look incredible and no more broken heads.  All we need now is to win the lottery to buy 1000 of them and a giant trailer to transport them all!  If your the type that runs an all full body spread then look in to these.  They are said to use the standard round bases, but have a beefier design to help eliminate falling over in those strong spring winds.  New to these decoys is a molded leg instead of regular little pegs.








Avery/GHG Canada Goose Decoys

New Avery Canada Goose Decoys

In the never ending quest for the most realistic Canada Goose decoy mass produced, Avery has, in our opinion, improved the paint scheme on the new goose decoys.  Not quite as dark as the old ones with more brown mixed in.  The new decoys look to have a little more definition in the body and a couple different looking poses.  They will also feature the new molded leg and beefier round bases to limit falling over in the wind.

New waterfowl decoys from Avery






To view some other new waterfowl gear from the 2012 Shot Show click here.

Snow Goose Migration – March 13, 2012

Snow Goose Migration


We are going to go ahead and post the latest snow goose migration update even though new surveys aren't available yet.  The incredibly warm weather has the birds in the express lane north.  Birds have now crossed into areas of North Dakota and are moving north in a hurry.  South Dakota has large numbers of snow geese all across the state as well, and some guys even starting to kill some juvenile birds.  If you plan on going there to hunt, you better leave now because it's not going to last long. The forecast for Pierre, SD the next 7 days calls for highs ranging from 65-77.  That's unheard of for mid March!  Take a look at the snow cover data from the past two years:


snow goose migration



snow goose migration

Major differences and this explains why the birds are in areas 1-2 weeks earlier than normal.  It started all the way back in January when many of the snow geese spent their winter in areas of Illinois and Missouri instead of Arkansas and Louisiana. They had a head start returning north to their summer grounds and now with no snow cover on into Canada, they'll continue their push north in a hurry!  If you're planning a trip to the Dakotas I hope it's soon because they'll move through in a hurry with this weather.

Further south, a decent number of birds remains near Squaw Creek.  There aren't as many as there has been, but hunters are still enjoying some success.  There are even huntable numbers remaining in areas of central and west central Illinois.  The predictions of a spread out migration seem to be ringing true.  The main masses of birds are long since through these parts of Illinois, but the concentrations of birds remain in select areas.  It requires lots of driving to find the birds and you have to go in with the mindset that you will not see a ton, but with limited competition from feeding flocks on the ground you should have some success.  One thing that continues to be noted both from reports and what we've been seeing is the lack of large groups of juvenile birds.  They are just aren't there this year.  The juvies remained mixed in the with the adults birds over the course of the winter and are making their move north with them as well.

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Here is some snow goose hunting action from opening day of the conservation order season in Illinois.