Snow geese are extremely social, living their entire lives part of a huge flock. Excited, alarmed, or hungry—they talk. Just as people interconnect, snow geese, being birds of a feather, are strong communicators.
Electronic calls make it easy to learn the different sounds of snow geese. They are preloaded with sounds that imitate contentment, excitement or the chattering of a large flock.
These calls can sound just like a mob of geese, which the birds are used to hearing. If you don’t have an electronic call, make sure everyone in your hunting party has a reed call. Use them no matter how good or bad you sound. In fact, make noise with any type of goose call—just keep honking and squawking even if some of you sound like you’re playing the kazoo! A ruckus is always more natural than roaring silence or a single bird talking amongst hundreds.
A programmed feeding call mimics geese actively eating and feeling content. It lets incoming birds know the groceries are great.
The excited call is often considered a welcome greeting from geese about to join each other. They squawk back and forth with excited cackles and honks that anyone can decipher as enthusiastic! Birds in flight often maintain an incessant chorus of high-pitched cries, hoarse honks, and shrill quacks, creating a jumbled message only they can understand. The excited call provides plenty of background noise to make your decoys sound alive and natural.
It’s simple—you don’t want to use or hear an alarm call. This single alarm note is repeated as a bird climbs elevation, generating distance from whatever it doesn’t like the looks of on the ground. If you hear an alarm call and see geese disappearing fast, there is something wrong with your decoys or blinds…or you or your companions are visible to the wary-eyed birds.
Get creative and use your smartphone, old MP3 player, or another instrument to download snow goose sounds to play over Bluetooth speakers. Many snow goose hunters have a lot of success developing their own e-callers during the spring and fall season.