PRO NO. 2: SEAN MANN
Owner of Sean Mann Outdoors
There are times when resident geese raise a ruckus, but compared to migratory birds, they’re less vocal and have deeper voices.
“Softer air tends to yield a deeper tone,” he explains, “so I adjust my airflow. Others switch to a longer, more deeply tuned call.”
Mann’s favorite vocalizations for resident geese are the honk, the moan, and the double-cluck. “Everything a Canada goose does is a honk or part of a honk,” he says. “A cluck is just a very short honk, for example. A moan is half a honk, but drawn out.” If you learn to produce a good low-pitched honk, you’ve got the building blocks for everything else.
“The moan is that long, drawn-out awwwwwwww you probably associate with those heady moments when birds drop their landing gear,” Mann says. “It’s a good closer call to get birds to commit. But it’s also ideal when birds sneak up and you haven’t had a chance to greet them with a honk. The double-cluck is a low cluck followed by a higher one, often in run-on form:
cluck-click, cluck-click, cluck-click… It’s an excited call sometimes made by a single goose landing or by geese challenging one another. And it can get birds that are not very excited about your setup excited in a hurry.”
But like Rogge, Mann uses this call sparingly for resident birds. “Overall, a little bit of quality calling goes a long way.” FS