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Snow Hunting - Good Advice Needed

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Pennyslvania's late goose season goes unti Feb 14th.

I haven't had much luck with goose (Canadian)once the snow falls and I am looking for some advice. We have 6-10 inches of snow on the ground right now.

I have done pretty well when there is little to no snow on the ground, but I never seem to do well after we get 4-6 inches of snow. Pretty cold temperatues (20 degrees F and below) generally accompany the snow (so that may be part of problem...In my experence, I never see the geese when the temp drops below 20 degrees F). It seems that the geese spend a lot more time on the water and every so often go for a fly around, but I haven't seem them in the field that they were visiting before the snow. I haven't had time to do any scouting. Some of the farmers I called indicated that they see the geese flying around but not landing in their field.

I realize that location is almost everything when it comes to goose hunting. Should I try to position myself in areas where they fly around or should I still try to hunt corn fields for where they were feeding before the snow? Do geese borrow through snow to eat corn?????

I'm not real interested in river hunting this time of year and most of the ponds are frozen over. Any value in shoveling away some of the snow to make the landing zone more appealing (or is this a big waste of time)? Any advice would be appreciated.

Also, I have 6+ dozen decoys. Recently, the geese have been doing low fly overs near by decoys but not landing (which was not the case a few weeks earlier). It appears that the geese have smartened up and are avoiding the larger decoy speads? I am reading into this to much or should decoy spreads be reduced to 2 -3 dozen in the late season?

I'm hoping to hunt Friday and Saturday mornings. The temps are expected to be around 30 degrees.

Any advice appreciated! Thxs
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I know this is late but it works great for us, take a fence gate with a cinder block on it and drag it around your pit or blind this will churn up some cover on the snow and make it look like geese are feeding there. The other thing we do is get some fodder together early and store it, when it snows spread it on top. If you can get straw without seeds you can use this aswell but check with your DNR sometimes they get sticky about that. The geese will come in on a string. Make sure you do an area that will accomadate the size of flocks you genrally see, if you clear an area to small they still won't land.
I've never had to beg the farmer, but I love it when he empties the manure spreader over the snow on the fields I hunt..... Nice...
Everything they said is great. If you can find a field where the snow isn't standing that would be good hunting because of uncovered food. The snow sitting on top covers up food so why would they land. If you get bare soil the hunting should be alright.
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