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Geese/Ducks in the snow

Postby bstump » Tue Dec 22, 2009 12:37 am

Hey guys I don't know what to think? Can i get these geese and ducks to land in a cornfield with a foot of snow over top all the food? I havn't been able to get out to check the fields lately but around home they have been laying on the ponds with water and iced over.
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Re: Geese/Ducks in the snow

Postby assateague » Tue Dec 22, 2009 11:48 am

Heck yeah, but it's gonna take some time. Go out and stomp it down/ rough it up. Black dirt isn't bait, so throw some around, and set out your dekes. We've done it for years (but it doesn't seem to snow as much now), and when they're flying, they see that tore up patch and some dekes and come in on a string. Make sure you aren't in your hunting clothes when you're stomping, though, because your feet get wet and you'll sweat. Good luck!
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Re: Geese/Ducks in the snow

Postby deducker » Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:01 pm

use a leaf rake to clear off patches of snow :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Re: Geese/Ducks in the snow

Postby assateague » Tue Dec 22, 2009 1:52 pm

That works, too, if it's not too wet. We really wouldn't clear much. It was easier to take a 20 lb. bag of topsoil ($3) and just spread it/ throw it on the roughed up spots to give em an illusion. Always had good luck.
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Re: Geese/Ducks in the snow

Postby HatterWayne » Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:02 pm

The stomping of snow and spreading of CLEAN TOPSOIL is the safest way to solve the problem. Any type of raking is taking a chance of turning up corn or kernnels of corn which COULD be considered baiting. It's a fine line and at the descretion or subjective view of the Agent / Officer.

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Re: Geese/Ducks in the snow

Postby assateague » Tue Dec 22, 2009 2:21 pm

HatterWayne wrote:The stomping of snow and spreading of CLEAN TOPSOIL is the safest way to solve the problem. Any type of raking is taking a chance of turning up corn or kernnels of corn which COULD be considered baiting. It's a fine line and at the descretion or subjective view of the Agent / Officer.

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Exactly. We used to use horse manure from the pile (it was free and plentiful), but there was too much undigested grain for one GW!
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Re: Geese/Ducks in the snow

Postby bstump » Tue Dec 22, 2009 7:00 pm

awsome tips guys. We had a decent hunt today. Saw a couple flocks of big ducks but could not lure them into the snow covered snow... Will rough the fields up a little. good luck.
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