In order to fool weary late season snow geese, you need the right e-caller sounds. Here are a few things to look for that may help you choose the right MP3 track to download for your next spring conservation snow goose hunt.
I remember downloading my first high quality snow goose tracks and thinking that we’ve come a LONNNGGGG way from the Johnny Stewart cassette tapes of old. I’ve listened to that old tune so much I know it by heart, and looking back it was a pretty terrible tract compared to what’s available today. Snow goose sounds are now high quality recordings with CRYSTAL clear barks and yelps that even the older Snows can’t help but check out.
In this guide, we’ll take a look at some of the best snow goose tracks that are readily available for download and can be paired with an iPod or smartphone.
These are the Top 3 Snow Goose E-Caller Downloads:
E-Callers are just as effective as they were when they first came out; don’t let anyone tell you different. However, finding good MP3 files with the right snow goose sounds is something that takes a lot of field time. Below are the top 3 snow goose tracks that have worked for me and snow geese almost always react positively towards them.
These are the three snow goose mp3 downloads you should consider:
Snows on the Prairie (I’ve found it cheapest here on Ebay) – Snows on the Prairie (SOTP) has been my mainstay e-caller MP3 for years. Why switch up something that is working so well? SOTP offers 8 tracks of various calling and flock activity levels. Track #5 is especially good and I never leave the house without this Snow Goose Hunting E-CALLER CD.Snowbait MP3 (click to download it on Amazon) – Snowbait has been around for a while due to its proven success and high quality audio. It has 6 different tracks and over 70 minutes of snow goose audio. I’ve used it on a few snow goose hunts and it performed really well.
Wild Feeding Snow Geese (click to download it on iTunes) – This track is readily available on iTunes and can be downloaded to your iPod or smartphone at a moments notice. Forget to take your tracks to the field? NO PROBLEM!!! Just download this and you’ll have 29 minutes of good calling. It features excited calling that will work in a pinch.
Why I Use Snows on the Prairie MP3
When you sit down and compare Snows on the Prairie, Snow Bait, and other snow goose MP3’s, the differences are noticeable.
- Snows on the Prairie is now on Version 8.1. It’s been polished and remastered to remove white noise and fuzz from the audio making it completely crystal clear.
- SOTP features 8 calling tracks of various styles so that you can switch things up depending on how the geese are reacting.
- SOTP includes over an hour of audio for long hunts where you just want to let the e-caller run nonstop.
- Included is a new track of feeding snows and SPECKS which adds additional realism to group calling and something most other hunters will not have in their bag of tricks.
- SOTP works great with the Squawk Box E-Callers, Fox-Pro Ecallers, and even homemade e-callers. I’ve been very pleased with the Fox Pro Shockwave as my go to E-Caller for snow goose hunting in both Canada and the U.S. If you need one, check it out at Amazon.
- If you’re interested in making your own e-caller, check out my guide on how to build an E-Caller here.
Here is a great clip of the kind of decoying you can expect to achieve with Snows on the Prairie MP3’s.
Features to look for in quality Snow Goose Sounds:
- Full High Resolution audio recording. Some of the cheap snow goose audio tracks have poor quality and can sound fuzzy or crackly at high volume.
- Lots of tracks to choose from. A wide range of calling tracks gives you options to switch things up if birds aren’t reacting correctly. The ability to switch between 8 different tracks to find what works, like what SOTP provides, can save your hunt.
- Long track lengths of over 30 minutes. Nothing is more frustrating than having a group of snows locked up and the track either ends or switches to the next. Longer MP3’s help keep the audio going uninterrupted and reduce the chance birds flare off.
- Unconventional calling tracks. Ross Magic and Snows/Specks are two tracks that mix things up and help add realism to a spread.
- CD’s vs MP3 downloads. These are so interchangeable these days that it won’t matter, but if you rely on one or the other, make sure you can easily get it setup for your e-caller.
- Audio with snow goose barks for long range calling. Nothing travels as far as a snow goose bark, and if you want to get their attention from miles away, focus on barking and yelping tracks.
- Repetitive Snow Goose Tracks. The tracks that work usually have the same sweet tunes on 5-10 second trackbacks. Snow goose sounds that are endless recordings of generic calling aren’t very effective. Look for tracks like SOTP #5 which repeat the audio which works to keep the birds interested at all times.
About Snow Goose Sounds and MP3 E-callers Downloads
Snow goose sounds or MP3 tracks are very effective tools for spring snow goose conservation hunts. They can be easily downloaded to an iPod, MP3 player, or Smartphone. Snow goose sounds can range from a single snow goose to the roar of a large group of several thousand. While both can work well at times, there are several differences you should know.
Single Snow Goose Vs. Flock Sounds – MP3’s
- Single Snow Goose – Single snow goose sounds are one goose or a couple geese talking to each other. They are spaced calling where one goose barks and another goose answers. Single snow goose sounds are very effective on small groups of late season snow geese.
- Flock Sounds – If you’ve ever been near a group of 10,000 or more snow geese, you know the roar they make when they all get up at once. It can be deafening. Flock sounds can range from 5 birds all the way up to the thousands of geese talking at once.
I’ve used both the single snow goose sounds and flock sounds and my preference is single calling. Why? Because it’s easier to direct the audio than the roar of flock sounds.
Single calling barks and yelps are the most effective snow goose MP3 sounds you can use. They can be heard from a long ways away and geese generally react better to them. Maybe it’s more personal, but whatever it is, I’ve had the majority of my success with single or small flock sounds.
Large flock sounds can work well in certain situations though, especially in low fog. Setting the e-caller on low volume and letting the flock roar can help imitate a large group of feeding geese holding tight in the fog. Just be ready because birds can come from all directions.
Feeding gabbles can be effective too, but only in the right conditions. Gabble tracks aren’t made for projecting sound, so they are best used for a close up confidence booster. Having an e-caller set on low, playing nothing but feeding gabbles, has worked tremendously well for me when the birds are about to finish.
The Gaining Popularity of Hunting Snow Geese with E-Callers
With the emergence of the spring conservation order, hunting snow geese with E-Callers in the U.S. has become extremely popular. Not only is e-caller hunting still effective, but under the right conditions, it can be some of the most enjoyable hunting you’ll ever experience.
I’ve heard some snow goose hunters mention that E-Callers don’t work anymore and that the geese are too smart. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Snow goose audio tracks and MP3 quality and variety have never been better. Bang up hunts still happen with regularity every year and there’s no sign that e-caller hunting for snow geese is becoming less effective.
If you’re on the ropes about it, try a few of the snow goose tracks I’ve mentioned and see for yourself. These tracks combined with a good E-Caller like the Fox Pro I mentioned and a good decoy spread will help make your next spring goose season one for the record books.
Interested in building an e-caller for snows, check out our guide here!