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  • How do I become a professional waterfowl guide and how can I get those deep grunts out of my goose call?
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    H.S. Pro Staff:

    As far as becoming a waterfowl guide there are several things to consider...the first is, are you in close proximity to large concentrations of birds? If so, get a business plan together detailing cost of hunts. What does it include? If lodging is paid by you, where will the clients be? Are meals included? Who sets and picks up the decoys? Is bird cleaning included?
    After you establish all of these it's time to figure out how you get the word out that you are in business. You certainly will need brochures and business cards, but you need some sort of advertising to reach a broad base of hunters. Print ads (either magazine or newspaper) are the best for getting the most bang for your buck, but it's expensive so make sure before you invest in advertising you have a clear game plan.
    Another great way to advertise is through media hunts...either by entertaining outdoor writers or people that shoot video and TV shows. This is still relatively expensive because the writers will want everything (including travel) to be complimentary. The video people will usually foot the bill to get there but as a rule get the hunt, lodging, and meals complimentary also.
    On that goose call to get those deeper sounds you have to open your throat. You do this by dropping the back of the tongue down. Say whoooo and pay attention to where your tongue is. Now say key and see where the tongue is. You should notice the tongue is way down in the mouth when you say whoooo. That will make a larger cavity to give more of a resonant sound.

  • I am an avid duckman and have a question for you. What call do you blow if the ducks are stopping short of your decoy kill zone? We hunt a mixed spread of duck and goose decoys.
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Without seeing what other potential problems there are, it's difficult to say. My #1 go-to call is a real aggressive hen greeting. It may be something other than calling. Make sure you don't "stop" the birds by blocking them with your decoys. Leave a good open area as the birds approach and if they try to land short, get real aggressive with your calling.

  • What is the best way to set the decks for mallards? Seeing them is not the problem, getting them close is. What can I do?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    How you set your decoys depends on the hunting conditions you have. If you hunt wide open water set them in an L shape with the long end of the L along the bank and the short end extending out into the water. If you have access to goose decoys use them on the short end of the L. If you are in a pothole set 2 groups of decoys and be sure you leave an opening between them for the birds to land.

  • Where do turkeys go when it's snowing?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    Turkeys will tend to feed heavy before and during the snow. So try to find the food source and if the snow keeps on coming down and piling up, look for the birds in an area that offers some shelter, like large pines or cedar trees. Good luck.

  • I'm fairly new at turkey hunting and I own several calls. My question is this, how many calls should I carry into the woods with me to be successful? And also, what types of calls? As well as how many of each type should I have?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    I would suggest you carry at least one box call, a slate call or glass and mouth call, if you can use them. Each turkey likes different things, just as we do. I would always start with the call you feel most comfortable with. Good luck.

  • When hunting wild turkey (spring) on public land, what would be the best tactic to use?
    Answer:

    H.S. Pro Staff:

    There are three good tactics to use. First, try things other folks don't--get to areas that are tougher to get to. Second, use softer, less aggressive calling. If there are a lot of hens with gobblers, act like another hen wanting to join in with their flock. Third, hunt later in the morning when the hens are nesting and the other hunters may have left the woods.

  • I am planning a mountain lion hunt in a few weeks. I've never hunted cats before, and I don't have any dogs so I am going to be calling. What would be the best tequnique (cover, scents, calls, ect.) to get them into range?
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    Call as you would for coyotes as far as setups. Probably should pick a spot where you have good visibility on hillsides. Lions can be pretty good at sneaking in from behind so keep the speaker out away from you.
    Sit for at least an hour at each spot. They are pretty slow in their approach sometimes.
    Don't use extremely high volume for long periods of time.
    Lions are short nosed animals that do not try to scent you as quickly as a coyote would. Scent elimination products are not as necessary but it would not hurt you to use them.
    Any of the predator calling distress sounds will but I will give a nod to the goat, pig, woodpecker, and fawn distress sounds. Good luck.

  • I always go fox hunting and some nights we will go out and kill a couple, but other nights we will go out and not see an eyeball. Why is this? Does it have something to do with the moon phase or what? I hope you can help me out. When is the best time to c
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    There are many factors that come in to play, of which most we do not understand. The moon has some effect on that but I do not think we have put our finger on exactly why just yet. The most reliable moon chart that I use is at www.primetimes2.com and even it sometimes comes up blank.
    Hunt in the dark phases at night and the first and last two hours of daylight to hit the most productive hours from a practical standpoint.

  • I understand thar vitarack minerals should be put out all year long, especially winter and fall. I live in northern Iowa. If the snow is 2 feet deep will the deer paw down to get it? Please help me to understand if it is cost effective to put out in winte
    Answer:

    Thanks for your question. Yes, the Vita-Rack 26 does need to be put out year round even in the winter. The usage will keep the lick open and available for use. Even in the heavy snow we have seen deer digging down to get it.

  • What is the best type of call to use during the summer and early fall for predator hunting?
    Answer:

    Gerald Stewart's reply:

    Any food source sound and coyote pup distress are good. The type of hand call you use is dependent on the circumstance. Howlers will not work as well as in the mating season. A rabbit distress call should work well.

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