When you hunt with a guide from Woods and Water Outfitters You can expect to be hunting
with a pro that learned how to hunt Waterfowl through the lifelong school of hard knocks.
Waterfowl are our passion! For Goose you will be hunting from comfortable heated
underground pits, and will be using anywhere from 2 to 30 dozen decoys. The size of the
spread is always dictated by the types and numbers of geese in that area.
Woods and Water Outfitters believe in sharing our knowledge and pure love for water fowling
with the next generation. We have trained guides that have a decade of experience guiding
youth in the outdoors. We teach as well as guide. This form of hunt brings the experience to
a new level for not only the youth, but for the adults as well. Please ask your guide for tips on
what to bring to make your youth's day in the field one to remember. Youth hunt with us at
discounted rates. See our "Fee's" page for details.
We recommend 12 gauge shotguns using BB, #1, or #2 Non- toxic shot for geese and #2 to
#4 for ducks. 20 Gauges are also acceptable if 12 gauges are not available. Please ask your
guide if you are not sure what to bring. They will know the type of birds and conditions you
are likely to see. We also recommend improved cylinder, light modified or modified chokes in
your shotguns. We do not call shots unless the birds are committed to our decoy spread and
are 30 yards or less from the pit or blind. A typical shotgun using an improved cylinder choke
will give you the pattern you are looking for when shooting at decoyed birds with steel shot.
It is not uncommon to be shooting at birds less than 10 yards away!
What to bring
When hunting waterfowl in Colorado, you will hunt in conditions ranging from below zero to
sixty degree's. Sometimes that is all in the same day! We recommend warm boots, and
layered clothing in either camouflage or neutral colors like tans or browns. Waterfowl can
see both color and UV reflection. While you will be underground when the birds are around
there is the possibility for the birds to see you through the screens covering the pit. Due to
the variable behavior in waterfowl, you should always plan to hunt the entire day. Bring
snacks and drinks for the day. Most day's there is time for a mid day lunch break, and there
are local places to eat near most of our hunting locations. Your guide will discuss these
options with you before your hunt.
Here in Colorado we are very fortunate to be the wintering grounds for a large variety of
waterfowl. Woods and Water Outfitters now offer hunts in several locations in Colorado. Our
primary goose hunting location is in the Eaton, and Severance Colorado area. In Colorado
we primarily hunt two of the 13 subspecies of Canadian Goose. In the early parts of the
season we see the smaller of the two which comes from the Antarctic, and is one of the 6
subspecies called Cacklers. These birds weigh from 4 to 8 pounds and fly in very large
flocks. Later in the season we see the larger birds which are now classified as Lesser's.
Lesser's weigh in at 8 to 12 pounds on average with a few tipping the scales in the 15 pound
range. In early season we also see a few bonus birds such as snow geese and Speckle