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I have a remington 870 12ga 3" mag, a dozen shell decoys and a lab with more ambition that I'll ever have. I have acess to a hundred acres that's within a mile of the busiest residential goose pond around. I've broght them in to where they would circle but not make an approach to give me a shot. I get alot of them passing over, but have only managed to tickle a few. The problem with the set up, it's only a 20 acre or so hay field with the timber around it, my uncle says he has seen geese in the field but not very often, I've heard geese are cautious of predators. We have a public hunting place in the north part of the county that has a drawing to hunt. I always try to pick a spot by the water with my lab to retreive so it shouldn't be a problem. I wanted to know if I threw in some floaters would it help and maybe a confidence decoy off to the side like a blue heron?, we have alot of blue herons in the area. I can manage to bring in the flock from sometimes a half mile away but can't seem to get them to commit. My call is pretty loud so if I went to a smaller lower volume call would it make the difference for the last 100 yards? I learned real early that concealment is very important, just stick you're face out too early or catch the dog moving around and watch them fly. Just trying to work with what I've got. any advice? :roll:
 

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It's true about a small field sometimes shying the geese. Try a couple of crow decoys 60-80 yards down wind. Geese (and myself) know how weiry crows are and they can be used as a confidence decoy. Another thing to try is to get a couple of full body decoys. The realism can fool even the smartest geese. Or I heard that using silhouette decoys mixed in with your spread work. The 2D view from a silhouette can trick a goose into thinking the decoy is actually moving/turning from them when flying past. well I hope this might help. Good luck hunting
 

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when geese hit the water for the night and want to leave in the morning they like to stretch out and fly. you are more than likely too close. you might get luckey if they come back in the evenings and get some food before they hit the water. i have the name problem in lake lowell in idaho.
good luck!!
 
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