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It may have been the spot you were in. Have a buddy drive a mile away and you blow for all your worth on that double reed and see if he can hear you. I know a short reed goose call can get out there and slap a goose a long ways out but a mile would be push it even with a short reed unless you had one hell of a wind.

If possible throw a few goose decoys out to one side of the ducks and buy a goose call. It really doesn't take much calling at times to get the geese comitted.

I would also pattern your gun with the 3 inch 4's and see what it looks like at 40 yards. It may or may not surprise you. Why didn't you take them at 11 yards? If you know what your pattern looks like at those ranges and have confidence I see no problem with taking the shot at 40 yards.
 

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There is nothing unusual about geese taking a few passes before landing. My guess is you didn't move and didn't spook them with your duck call so they checked it out. They saw something they didn't like or you would have bagged them by letting them circle again after the 40 yard pass.

I still ain't buying it. I don't think there is any way those geese heard you that far up and that far out. I take it, these geese are locals? How much pressure does this backyard get? Do the ducks land there?
 
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