Goose hunting is a pretty new idea to some people, but what most don’t know is that goose hunting has been a sport and a way of life for a long time. In this article, we’ll explore the origins of goose hunting and its presence up until present day.
Early Goose Hunting
Goose hunting and waterfowl hunting in general is believed to originate with the early hunter societies that walked the planet over before 200,000 years. Back then, catching geese would have been an exciting event and considered an incredibly rare treat.
They didn’t hunt for fun however, hunting was all about surviving and feeding yourself. Only the most physically fit would find and eat geese back then.
Evidence of goose hunting in known history dates back to Europe from the last Ice Age, around 12,000 years before and also from 4,000 year old murals stored in Egyptian tombs. There is also evidence of decoys used for hunting used by Native Americans 2000 years ago.
Over this time, goose hunting is believed to have evolved from a way of catching food to a method of enjoyment or a sport, as we know it.
The New World
Goose hunting first emerged in the modern world in the late 1600s, it is believed. Waterfowl began to become more widespread and people were starting to enjoy hunting it. It is believed that Jamestown, one of the earliest English settlements was known for its abundance of geese and love for the sport.
Goose hunting continued to evolve, as weapons like shotguns were adapted for use with the sport and numerous waterfowl could be taken out at one time.
As the United States begun to populate and form in the 1800s, so did goose hunting. The sport quickly became commercial, leading up to the introduction of the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, which was the first regulation of the sport.
Goose hunting has since continued to evolve around the world, adapting new technology as it was developed.
In conclusion, goose hunting has been a popular activity since the first men roamed the earth and it has truly stood the test of time since.