Learn how to set up goose hunting decoys with Blain’s Farm & Fleet.
Canadian geese are some of the hardest birds to attract with decoys. With any decoy, you need to pick the right location. With geese, you need to take extra care in making the spread look realistic. Geese are skeptical, and they only get more skeptical as they age. They might be curious about the family of floaters you have set up, or drive their flock away. They’re also pretty choosy about socializing with other geese. With help from Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you can learn the basics of making a goose decoy spread.
Find the Right Location
One of the key parts of using goose hunting decoys is finding the right location. Look for water and food sources that live geese would be drawn to. You need to find a spot where you can spread out your decoys, and also comfortably hunt. A land and water combination works well, especially if you can find a spot with open water in the winter. Geese land into the wind, so you want them to land in front of you and your hunting spot. Set up your layout blind with your back to the wind.
Spread Out Your Decoys
Canadian geese have a bigger wing span than you might think. Avoid grouping your decoys closely together. You need to give the live geese enough room to actually land. Plus, when you’re with a few hunting buddies, you’re bound to have a lot of decoys. Most goose hunters use anywhere from 60 – 100+ decoys in a given spread.
Pay Attention to the Weather
When winter rolls around, pay attention to the behavior of live geese. Geese lie down when snow and ice start to cover the ground. If you have mounted decoys, take them off the base to lie down on the ground. You can also use sleeper or shell goose hunting decoys. Leave a few full-body decoys to make it look they’re walking around or feeding. For a goose decoy spread to work, it needs to look as realistic as possible.
Draw Geese to a “Safe” Spot
When geese are in search of a safe spot to land, there are a few things they look for. They want to land as close as possible to a food source. Use feeder decoys in the area you want the geese to land. Active ones should be in the spot you don’t want them to land. It’s also a good idea to set up resting or sleeper decoys. It gives geese the idea that the spot is safe enough to rest.
At Blain’s Farm & Fleet, you’ll find the best goose decoys for sale, as well as everything else you need for hunting geese. You can even get your hunting and fishing licenses at your local store. When you’re goose hunting you want to make the geese curious, not skeptical. In addition to a decoy spread, you can also use goose calls to bring in some honkers. The key is to be patient, and try out different spreads until you find one that works for you. For more tips on using decoy spreads, visit our hunting blog.