Pacific Wings strives to provide excellent quality goose hunting and duck hunting experiences from the time you arrive. We know that to truly enjoy your hunt, a comfortable nights rest is essential.
To make that possible, we have arranged special reduced pricing with a fine area hotel. The hotel sits just yards from the Columbia River, and it is possible to watch waterfowl on or near the river from some of the rooms. The hotel offers many amenities including a quality restaurant. Quick access to the freeway system from the hotel makes your early morning commute to the hunt site easy.
All goose hunting at Pacific Wings uses mounted geese, commonly called “stuffers”, as decoys. Our clients are encouraged to be involved in preparation for the day’s hunt by assisting the guide in setting the decoys. The realism of these decoys is an essential part of the consistent success that clients of Pacific Wings enjoy. Unlike plastic decoys, these are not limited to a very few poses, and they do not glare or otherwise look unnatural in strong sunlight.
The guides at Pacific Wings have many years of experience calling and hunting geese. Their expertise in decoy placement, “reading” the birds and calling guarantees that most hunters will enjoy a lot of fast action and close shooting. While no hunt is guaranteed, a large majority of our hunters do take their full limit of geese. The goose limit in our hunting areas is four. Our average bag is over three birds per hunter.
Your guide will take care of all the calling and other details of the hunt. You are responsible for purchasing a valid Washington license and migratory bird stamp (See the Pricing page for details). You also need to bring your gun, shells legal for waterfowl hunting and any other gear you may need. Keep in mind that most waterfowl hunting is done in cold weather. Be sure to bring plenty of warm comfortable clothing.
Children are welcome to accompany you, but please keep in mind that goose hunting often entails long periods of time of keeping still and quiet. Kids can take part in retrieving birds and picking up decoys, so they can get in on the fun too.
Pacific Wings has exclusive hunting rights on thousands of acres. A large block of our land contains lakes, which can hold many thousands of birds. The lakes are rarely hunted, allowing them to serve as a refuge for waterfowl which then go out to the surrounding fields to feed. Our other properties are close by the Columbia River, which holds a large number of birds throughout the season. Hunting pressure in our fields is carefully managed so as to not scare birds out of an area. This is a primary factor in our consistent success.
Depending on where the birds have been scouted, the hunt will take place either from Final Approach Eliminator blinds or sturdy, wood-framed pits. Up to six hunters can be accomodated in one of our pits, and up to a dozen blinds can be set if needed. Both pits and the blinds offer excellent concealment and protection from the weather. These methods allow the geese to be worked in very close. In most instances, the geese will be allowed to land before the guide calls for the shot. It is not uncommon to have the first shots fired when the geese are within 15 yards.
The geese typically come in flocks ranging from five to over a hundred birds. Various subspecies of Canada goose are common here. The Lesser Canada makes up a large part of our bag, but larger geese are regularly taken as well. Since our hunts often occur within earshot of the roosting waters, you frequently will be able to hear geese well before dawn, while preparing for the day’s hunt. It is common for 400 or even more geese to come near the decoys during a hunt. To prevent “educating” large numbers of geese, we at times will choose to allow some of the largest flocks to escape without shooting
If you choose to hunt ducks with Pacific Wings, we have access to several ponds and sloughs with well-brushed blinds. Your guide will take care of calling and setting decoys, so you do not need to bring waders or other special gear. We use trained retrievers to ensure minimal loss of downed game and to add to the quality of the experience. For duck hunting, as with goose hunting, be prepared for cold and wet weather. Mallards are the primary duck in the area, but our hunters also take Widgeon, Teal, Pintails and other ducks.
Meet the Owner, Mike Franklin
Mike began waterfowling as a young man in the area around Spokane, Washington. He began hunting ducks with friends and relatives, but in the 1970’s the goose bug bit him hard. In order to learn the ways and language of Canadian geese, Mike spent weeks camped out on the Columbia River and practiced his goose calling until he could hold an intelligent conversation with the local goose population.
Mike began guiding in the middle 70’s and founded Pacific Wings in 1986. While running a guide service is what really keeps him occupied, Mike also has a love of restoring neglected property back into productive wetlands. In the 90’s Mike restored a 2,000 acre property near the Tri-Cities, WA. He took a cattle ranch, which only had the capacity to hunt 10-12 hunters daily, and developed new ponds and blinds until the property had 40 blinds and could easily accommodate over 100 hunters who would all be able to shoot limits of mallards on the same day. Mike has moved his interest to another neglected ranch in central Washington and is in the process of restoring wetlands and hunting areas on a 7,500-acre property. Last season this property held 12,000 geese throughout the hunting season.
Mike also controls an 11,000-acre farm outside of Richland. This farm has varied game birds and has excellent goose, duck and pheasant hunting. Mike has developed duck hunting areas on this farm, which have been featured on the Northwest Hunter television show, ESPN, Wing & Shot and Wildfowl magazines. With proper management of waterfowl populations and rehabilitation of wetlands, Mike is able to provide countless hours of enjoyment for the people who love the sport of waterfowl hunting as much as he does.
Mike has been hunting in Saskatchewan for the past 17 years for one week a year. He acquired his outfitter’s license in 2004 and has been growing every season with custom decoys and custom blinds. He now spends about 45 days a year outfitting in Canada.