The goose is undoubtedly the waterfowler's Holy Grail. This anatidae, one of the largest, if not the largest of our huntable birds, commands respect. Ask any waterfowl hunting nemrod about their hunting dream, and they will most certainly mention the success of taking this particular species. The reason is very clear: its rarity in our game bags makes it an invaluable catch.
In France, three game geese species can be singled out: the muscovy goose, the white-fronted goose and the greylag goose. Even if the first two are often reluctant to travel over the Loire, most greylag geese fly across our country in autumn to their wintering grounds further south. And where there is passage, there is also return. Generally, the first pre-breeding flights start at the beginning of February, or even at the end of January for the earliest birds. It is not uncommon to hear them flying past noisily, day and night, in the skies over our countryside.