We always put dekes around the layout. Depending on what we bring, either a mix of fullbodies and shells, or silos and shells. It helps break up the layout IMO and gives them a bit more confidence coming in if they think others are around those funny shaped mounds.
I put them about 2-3 feet from the blind, some right next to it (behind and in front), but only a few. I then spread it out to 5-6 feet. This being because I use a U formation most of the time and lay in the bottom of the U. This way it looks like family units.
do not put deks right tight to your blind. geese that come in low will could only see a half or a bit of a head behind a blid and flare keep them a little way's behind if you put them tight then do it in front of the blind
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