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I've been hunting geese for 3 seasons now up here in Alberta, and I've just come across the practice of flagging. Being the cheap hillbilly that I am, I like to make my own stuff. (Just finished reading some of the posts about corrugated plastic silos.....what a cool idea, I know what I'm doing this weekend.)

I'm wondering what the parameters are on flags. How big should the flag itself be? I'm guessing it should be black to show up the best, but maybe a little grey in there too? Would a black garbage bag work for this application or does the gloss affect it?

While I was reading about flags, I started thinking about maybe putting a couple on stakes in my runway (landing zone). Has anybody tried this before with good or bad results? Would having a long handle on a flag have any affect? The geese that we pull in usually come in from a mile away or better, and we have a lot of flocks that bypass us by this distance because they have a field in mind already, I'm wondering if I stick that flag up 10 feet above my blind if it would make any difference.

Another thing I'm thinking, is we hunt from a 4ft tall round blind. I know geese have excellent vision, and it seems to me that this would not look right.Thats where the staked flags idea came into play. How far are the geese from the spread when you stop flagging. Often times we hunt with 10-15 hunters around 2-4 spreads. Should everybody flag on and off at one mans discretion or randomly, or should only 1 or 2 guys flag?

Thanks eh.
Da Canuck
 

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I hear you on not wanting to spend a ton of money on something that you aren't sure of. Garbage bags probably would n't be the best thing to use because of the shine that would come from the plastic. We had some texas rags that were designed for dark geese and used some hockey tape to attach them to a couple of broken fishing rods. I know, real hillbilly. :lol: But man, do they work! We have half of the guys call and half flag.

In this years early season we used them and flagged until they got so close that we needed to stop to pick up our guns. They came sailing in feet down, dangling in the dekes. It was by far the best decoying we have ever experienced. We dropped everything that came in until we limited out. If you don't have something like a dark texas rag, I would just use some gray or black cloth material and tape it to something that you can reach out and flap with. Good luck.
 

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We picked up 2 flags for $20 when Cabelas had their Fall hunting Expo. Just look for good deals on them.
 

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I agree with ponass (maybe because were both from WI) you can flag no matter how close the geese are. today I was flaging for a friend and we had one shell goose blind (one person). I laid on my back flagging and calling the geese into range for him.
 
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