hey if ur looking for some good full bodies then go with the big foots u can't go wrong. If ur sayin u want cheap decoys then ur going to pay for what u get like chippy paint, breaking deks, and size of the decoy. shells are also a very good way to go because they are lighter and some are stackable. the new green head gear shells come with flocked heads and look really good. but ur not going to get good deks that will last for very cheap
yes i agree with honkerkiller 100% if u go cheap thats what ur gonna get cheap and will either be painting ur dekes every year b4 season or buyng new. I had a friend buy carry-lite shells cheap after season and put them in his huge dek bag and over the spring/summer moving them a couple times they chipped all up the back and soon lead to flakes. Big Foots are equal to 2 doz shells, if not more they will bring in most of the wery birds that dont like to decoy. Place a couple mover platforms under some of them and the smallest wind makes them move. The downfall with those are that they take up HELLA SPACE! If i were u i wouldnt waste to much money on any other ones, buts thats me and i already got my BFs
General rule for dekes dont place them within 5 ft of each other. Putting them in families depends on ur amount of dekes, 6 - 12 is a good family size. Gererally the way geese are is that a huge group goes out and lands in a field then smaller groups fallow but tend to never intertwine with each other causes the 'Family' groups to appear. So with that said brings me to the fact that scouting is sooo important. That main group is going to basicly a preset field that they have planned and the smaller groups fallow, that makes it hard to 'pull' geese cuz they kno where they are going and really dont want to go elsewhere. Geese are a creature of habit and tend to fly the same way on basicly the same time pattern, also geese like companionship, meaning they like huge groups so u can never have to many dekes. Them liking groups means that the huge group landed somewhere and the smaller groups to fallow kno of this and unless u are really really really good u will have trouble turning them to ur dekes. To turn them needs the most realism, like BFs and Finisher blinds and movement.
I agree with honkerkiller and zx2dxz. when I was 15 I made the mistake of buying cheap decoys. I'm telling you, if you're a goose hunting nut as I am, you won't be happy untell you have only the best. It's the same with calls and blinds, etc. too. I wasn't happy untell I had my own blind, was hunting over big foots and was blowing an acrylic supermag. Go get yourself a couple dozen bigfoots, you'll be glad you did.
also, if you haven't already bought a goose call, i'd go with a short reed, but only if your willing to do some practice. The acrylics are awesome, but if you don't want to drop 150$ on a goose call, Mick Lasey came out with a cheap plastic call that sounds great and I think its only like 30$.
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