All of our fields are equipped with heated plywood pits for your safety, and comfort in the most extreme weather conditions.
You will hunt with large spreads of high quality decoys (300-500+ per spread)
Privately leased hunting grounds provide prime shooting zones, increasing your success rate.
It is suggested that the hunters arrive one hour before sunrise.
Guides will situate everyone into their pits, and answer any questions you may have.
On a normal day, the hunt ends at 12 noon. Due to cold weather later in the season, the geese often leave the refuge later in the day. (Guides may use their own judgment in hunting past Noon).
For safety reasons and insure that the geese are in excellent gunning range, the guides will call all the shots.
Our goose hunting guide season starts in mid-October and ends in late December.
Early season hunts depend on crop harvest and bird arrival. Call for updates.
The Giant Canada Goose makes up the majority of the geese in Rochester's Silver Lake Refuge.
To ensure a safe hunt, we ask and require...
No drugs or alcohol allowed
Guns on safe at ALL times
Do not shoot geese on or close to the ground
Only guides or dogs retrieve geese
What to bring to your goose hunting trip:
License - You will need to comply with the laws of the State of Minnesota.
Clothing - Bring warm clothing along for the hunt! Set up for our day starts before the sun comes up and it is often cold in the hours before the sun warms the fields. Dress in layers so that you can remove gear as the morning warms up.
Firearm - 12-gauge that will handle 3 or 3.5 inch magnums.
Ammo - We recommend 12 gauge 3" or 3.5" shells. We recommend BB shot. Load plenty of non-toxic heavy shot if you can afford those options.
Food and Drink - Bring snacks and something to drink while out in the field. A morning of hunting can seem like a lifetime if you don't have something cool and wet to drink before lunch break.
Camera - Drop your camera into a water proof bag and bring it along. It's a great way to preserve your memories at the end of a day.