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If you had to use only one goose decoy in your spread, what would you use? Silhouettes, full bodies, windsocks, shell?
 
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Full bodies are the best looking decoy, but they lack movement. We use nothing but full bodies (higdon's and some foots), and a few custom painted windsocks for movement. We've been looking into the new hardcore decoys, but they are too pricey and their customer service is poor.
 

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Bigfoots get all the press these days, but higdons and avery are coming out with decoys that are just as nice. Hardcores are too expensive in my opinion.
 
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# dozen outlaw and a dozen full bodies works most of the time. Goose intrest went up significantly after we started using outlaw decoys.
 

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STUFFERS!!!!! :mrgreen:

Not really. I would take Higdon Stackables w/ a few Higdon full bodies in the front.

For numbers Real-geese pro series.
 
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I switched to all hardcores. as a matter of fact I will be gunning over 4 dozen this season. They are better than stuffers for the mere fact they can get wet, mice don't eat them, and you don't have to treat them with pest repellent. As for customer service, I purchased mine from a distributor of HC and the service was impecable. No broken decoys, fast shipping, and superb realism. I'm sure if I called HC themselves they would help me out. Call Goosebusterdecoys, and place an order or see for your self.

Jason
 

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I would use magnums. Now what's better? Having 50 decoys set up, but the geese are to far away to see them. Or having 25 magnums and they can be seen way the hell off. Geese have very bad depth perception, and the time they realize there big fake magnum decoys, there dead. And that the way I like it.
 

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We dont have too much of a problem with the geese not seeing our dekes. We are usually set up right where they want to be. As soon as they look down and see o flock of about 300 geese on the groung already.......Game Over.
 
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I recently bought dozen HC from HCD and they are the best investment out there, they have unmatched relisum and are fairly durable. All you have to do is put out about 8 or so with some foots/fullbodys and i guaranty you will get some in.

tAKE UM BOYS :D
 

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I agree gooseboy, awesome looking decoys.

But give them a season or two, you'll be selling them on ebay or on a classifieds forum like I did. The paint chips off easy, I broke off a beak and a tail (not sure how, probably during transport), etc. Just like any hard bodied decoy, they can't take any abuse. They also site really low so in high stubble they seem to disappear from a distance.

For the money you'd be better spending them on more foots.

My opinion, save your money!
 
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Yah i have to agree with Duece, you should save up money and spend them on foots, but you should have some HC to add relisum to your spread. Put some HC out about 15 to 20 yards from you main flock of decoys, this will make the birds look at the HC once they have seen how real they look they should come right.
 

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I would use magnums. Now what's better? Having 50 decoys set up, but the geese are to far away to see them. Or having 25 magnums and they can be seen way the hell off. Geese have very bad depth perception, and the time they realize there big fake magnum decoys, there dead. And that the way I like it.
Agreed! My buddy and I have a spread of over 100 deeks and they are about 25% mags and super mags. I think size of the spread and the decoys and of course setup plays a much bigger role in success than does realism. The big deeks are seen from far off (important where we are) realism and detail play no real role there as they are too far off to appreciated the wonderful paint job or whatever.

Don't get me wrong the decoys should always look good! I'm just saying that I'll opt for numbers of "good enough" looking decoys before I pay big bucks to have a few really pretty ones. Personally, I think we (hunters) tend to get too caught up in the realism-marketing gimmick. They make those deeks pretty so we'll buy 'em and pay extra for it to boot. I don't really think outstanding realism matters as much as we tend to tell ourselves or have been led to believe.

This is only MHO and it is formed from having killed geese over some very "unreal-looking decoys" in the past; like spray painted pieces of linoleum flooring and some plywood....damn funny spread but it worked EVERY time!

I say have numbers, a good set-up and know how to call and you'll kill birds...Plain and Simple!
 

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I'd say go with Bigfoots all the way. Limit yourself to 5 feeders for every sentry, greeter, or resting decoys. Also, add motion to your spread, get some wind life heads and swivel bases.

Key to killing geese is to be on the X. Put the birds to sleep at night, wait for them to come back in the morning on the X. That'll kill geese no matter what! 8)
 

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I have had a lot of success using my GHG dekes. I have two doz shells and just picked up a doz full bodies. Not only are to GHG dekes a little cheaper than bigfoots, the flocked heads make them look more realistic. If you haven't seen the dekes yet, go check them out.
 

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Personally, I think we (hunters) tend to get too caught up in the realism-marketing gimmick.
Wow i couldnt agree more i think that a lot of us (hunters) believe that the better our decoys look the better chance of getting them in and in fact its not that, its the time invested to the sport. Ive heard of many ppl saying that they went out with little next to nothing and still could get them in. it was the time scouting that brought them in. And yes i do agree with that at million miles away who cares about how real they look. You could spray paint a car to look like a goose and hunt out of that and prolly still get them. Whats up with hunting videos?? they hunt in Canada where guns are basicly not to be found and they are shooting at Geese that havent seen a decoy for the past 5 months.. all the videos do is put it into ur mind that u need BFs and/or the most expensive blind and tungsten shells. I say hunt with what works and id rather get more bang for my buck although i do have BFs i got them with a discount from Cabela's and that makes them just as cheap as the GHG decoys
 
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