Can you guys give me some tips on setting up my spread. I usualy set it up in a "U" shape or a diamond shape. I have 2doz windsocks I am getting 2doz more, then I have about 6shells and the rest are about 200 texas rags. I plan on hunting them in a field this spring. Give me some advice, thanks.
Try a "teardrop" shape with the narrow part going downwind...
The longer the downwind line.. the better..
They will tend to fly the over the drop looking to set into the advancing feeders going into the wind to get to the feed. This set must be true to the wind direction. If it's 15 degrees off.. the geese will not like it.
I always set a small family bunch of sentinals 40 yards off to one side, all head up.
I'm gonna be trying an "X" pattern this year... I've heard good things about it.. I'll be setting that with 600 windsocks.. the idea of the "X" is to get the geese to look in all differant directions to find a landing hole
When using the teardrop, do you set your blinds at the tail end or at the top where the majority of the dekes are....since snow geese always tend to jump in front of the flock thought maybe the geese would want to finish in front where there is plenty of feed???
You are spot-on about the geese going to the narrow end..
We set a 1/2 back into the dekes and cover the layout blinds with them.
The problem with the teardrop is you gotta move them everytime the wind changes.
I got one place I hunt thats' got a 4 acre pond adjacent to a corn field.
THere, I load the decoys near the shore and string them down into the wind. The birds tend to fly up the line.. a lot like diver ducks.
NOW LISTEN THE ONLY THING I CAN SUGGEST IS TO WATCH HOW THE GEESE ARE SETING IN THE FIELD, ALSO WERE THEY ARE SETTING. SET YOUR DECOYS UP IN THAT AREA IN KINDOF THE SAME PATTERN PENDING ON WEATHER CONDITIONS, ALWAYS TRY AND PUT THE THICKEST PART OF THE DECOYS TO THE FRONT OF THE SPREAD WHICH SHOULD ALWAYS BE POINTING TOWARDS THE WIND, NOE KEEP IN MIND A SUCCESSFUL HUNT IS GOING TO DEPEND ON WEATHER AND LOCATION, BUT AS LONG AS YOU HAVE THOSE TWO FACTORS AND THE RIGHT SPREAD YOU WILL BE GUARANTEED GEESE
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