With all the preparation that goes into scouting birds, securing permission to hunt an area and then creating a hospitable spread, the last thing you want to do is come under-gunned. Golding’s advice is to leave the duck loads at home and bring out the heavy artillery.

“Not to say you can’t kill them with 3-inch (ammo), but I recommend 3 ½-inch shells — anything from size BB to T,” he said. “Some guys bring those No. 2s that they’ve got left over from duck season; not saying you can’t knock some geese down with them, but you really want something at least the weight of a BB or bigger — BBs, triple BBs, or Ts.

“I also prefer either improved or modified chokes. And the law requires the shot to be steel or other non-toxic shot.”