Light Goose Decoying Strategies
geese are notorious for having “commitment issues” with any decoy
spread. Seeming to understand a shotgun’s maximum range, they
left or right just beyond shooters’ capabilities. Being a
Spring-goose hunter means having the ability and knowledge to get geese
in close. Use these helpful tactics to get birds to lock-on
and stay locked-on.
10 Decoying Tips for Light Geese
- While most light goose hunters still
use 1000 or more decoys
in a field, using as little as 300-400 can work under ideal conditions.
- Any combination of full bodies,
shells, silhouettes, wind socks and rags will work for light
- Mobility during the Spring light
goose season offers hunters more
options on any given day. Sticking with a majority of wind socks
rags, mixed with a limited number of full bodies, shells, and
silhouettes allows hunters to be able to set up, breakdown and move
quickly. Finicky birds will use a different feeding and roosting
every day if they feel threatened.
- Depending on the spread’s size, the
most widely used technique is
to arrange them in the “J” or fish hook shape. Hunters position
themselves at the top or the hook’s eyelet, with the wind at their
- Keep decoys clustered closely
together, and possibly even having
several large clusters of decoys throughout a field imitating
concentrated feeding in certain areas.
within the spread
is vital and will help to lure the weary birds within gun range even if
it’s just to take a look at the motion staked decoy, flags, kites, or
- When using flags, don’t hesitate to
use several, as large
concentrations of snow geese tend to move quite a bit when feeding. The
flags hovering just above the ground create a realism of either landing
geese or geese hopping over each another.
- Kites offer the same realism as
flags, and using them at different
lengths can give hovering geese the image that several flocks are
wanting into the particular field.
- Calling: The legal use of
electronic callers during Spring hunts
changes calling tactics for some, but many experienced hunters prefer
to use a combination of electronic callers and traditional calling.
- Staying concealed within the spread
is a must. Utilize pit blinds
and layout blinds, and some hunters wear white jackets with hoods and
sit among the decoys.
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