MissedAgain wrote:I have a couple things for you - we used to shoot as few GEs in CT. Mostly hens, the drakes would be far & few between. Big, tough birds, if you wing one, be prepared for a lot of chasing at a duck that can swim 150 yards underwater. We rarely caught the wounded ones. Maybe carry a couple loads of #6 steel for head shots - you will get 1,2, maybe 3 shots at the cripple and then it is "see you later Louie"! Phenominal. (At least that's what it was like that where I was.)
OK - are you actually seeing any GEs? Can get any if you don't see them where you hunt. Yes sometimes an odd bird comes thru but typically you need to go where they are. I used to dream of getting a brant and even found a brant decoy once so I thought they were around...turned out that I was only about 15 miles from a wintering population but never knew it until the year I moved...this was before internet.
Then follow the directions about more hens than drakes. I used to rig 6 bufflehead decoys in a line 3 to 4 feet apart. 1 drake, 5 hens. They would land in between the decoys if we let them. The GE hens would do the same. The drakes would fly along the outside of them and land 50-60 yards away.
For your decoys, put them 20-25 yards away but on their own - at least 15 or 20 yards from the other decoys you have.
I wish you much success.
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