To be successful gunning for early-season resident geese, you have to hunt with tactics that are different from those used for migrators. With few cornfields cut, hunters should look to hayfields, sod farms or open grassy areas like golf courses. Such places attract good numbers of geese but can be a nightmare to hunt. Consistently scoring in areas where cover is non-existent requires innovative methods. To add to the difficulty, resident geese know the fields they frequent intimately. They feed in those fields every day, unlike migrators, who are happy to stop for a meal when passing through. If you set your rig improperly, chances are you'll only witness geese flying away from your spot.