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...by the Avery Pro-Staff
1. Make sure your decoys are clean.
2. Your decoy spread should be set in a man-ner so the geese will land into the wind. Geese and ducks will want to land into the wind.
3. Use decoys around your layout blind to as-sist with hiding your layout blind. This will help reduce the outline of the blind and hide the blind’s shadow.
REALISM = RESULTS:
Avoid setting your decoy spreads into shapes such as an “X” or a “U”. Set your decoy spread as geese sit in the fields. When you scout, pay attention to how the birds are positioned in the field. You want your decoys to look like real birds in a field and not like a goose de-coy spread.
If you are hunting a field that the geese are using, take note of exactly what part of the field they are using and how many geese are using the field.
1. Your decoy set-up needs to be as close as possible to the part of the field that the geese are using. If possible, mark the spot with a stake when the geese leave so finding the spot is easy in the dark.
2. If several hundred geese are using thefield, use a big spread. If only several dozen geese are using the field, use a small spread of a few dozen decoys. Try to duplicate the live geese as closely as possible
Mix GHG® Life-Size Canadas decoys and GHG® Lesser decoys in the same spread. This adds a variety of head & body positions into the spread
Rester and Sleeper Full Bodies are some of the most overlooked decoys available to hunters. These decoys add a greater depth of body and head positions to a decoy spread. Remember, you can never have too much realism in your decoys spread. Plus, nothing says “relaxed” more than sleepers & resters.
When the temperature drops below 20 de-grees consider adding shell decoys to your spread, especially around the “kill hole”. In extreme cold temps, geese are likely to land and immediately sit down to rest and feed, instead of standing.
LATE SEASON CHANGE-UPS:
In the late season, set up your decoy spread so you are shooting the birds in the side. This will keep your position out of the direct line of sight of tolling geese.
“Change” is key to successful late season goose hunting. Canada geese receive a lot of pressure from hunters on their annual migrations. You have to be able to change up your decoy spread as the season progresses.
1. One change would include the size of your decoy spread. Many times we have enjoyed late season success by reducing the number of decoys we deploy. Less can be more, especially after geese have been seeing huge decoys spreads over the length of a season.
Some Effective Decoys Spreads:
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