Best Goose Calls
If you are new to calling, specialists recommend buying a flute type call because it is easier to blow and after you will practice for a period of time, you will be able to lure the geese to your decoys. Regarding goose vocalizations, there are six types (depending on how hunters use them): Agonistic, Contact, Intent, Mating, Parental/Neonatal and Social Status.
Agonistic calls - also known as threat calls of geese, are very loud and intense. They start slow and become faster and faster. Both males and females make these sounds, the male's calls are in some cases lower.
Contact calls - while the birds are in the air, they call each other to keep the family together, especially the juveniles.
This occurs when the family flies in a line or a "V" shape and geese call each other in order not to lose contact. The call is a rather slow heer-onk herr-onk.
Intent calls - this is a preflight call that is, in most cases, performed by the male while he signals its intention to take the rest of his family to the air. The call starts as a rather loud and slow honk and becomes slightly faster as they prepare to take flight. Once in the air, the calling slows down and eventually stops.
Mating calls - loud series of honks which are performed with the head erect. Unlike the agonistic call, it starts fast and then slows down. During the period of calling, the head and neck of the goose is extended upward.
Parental/Neonatal calls - both parents usually respond to the peep-peep-peep of their young gosling right after they hatch. These are considered signs of a contact call.
Social Status calls - it usually occurs when two members of a family have been separated; in most cases, when the female is returning to the nest or after a male got rid of a predator or other creatures that have invaded its territory. The call usually starts loud and becomes quieter and faster. During the period of calling, the head and neck of the goose is extended upward.