Heavy Snow Cover

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Heavy Snow Cover

Postby goosetalk » Wed Nov 29, 2006 12:48 pm

There could 5"+ here in Missouri. Possibly up to 10". For you experienced field hunters. Is it still good to hunt a field with this much snow cover. I thought if I could clear patches in the field the night before the hunt that it might help. Maybe it will look like the ducks and geese have already been feeding there. Hopefully they will already be using one of my available fields.
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Postby Boomn4x4 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:02 pm

I've hunted over snow many-a-times w/o having to clear anything out. If you are going to go so far as clear a path, try this out...... Get a one of those chemical sprayers and mix up some water with a brown/black mix of food coloring and simply spray an area to make it look open. By the time the birds figure it out, it'll be too late.
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Postby Daisycuttin » Wed Nov 29, 2006 1:11 pm

That or go out the night before your hunt and stake down a couple of tarps. then when you uncover the area in the morning, no to minimal snow covering. put you dekes around the area and leave the clear area for your landing zone. Makes for greater visibility to the birds also. throw in handfulls of snow for a little more realism, but ducks arent rocket scientists :laughing:
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Postby goosetalk » Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:09 pm

Well, brown food coloring is hard to come buy around here, but I guess I could mix some mud in water and spray that. I would use the tarps but I am at school and wont be home until after the snow has fallen. I may try to see if my dad could do it.
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Postby Boomn4x4 » Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:18 pm

goosetalk wrote:Well, brown food coloring is hard to come buy around here


Think art class..... Couple drops of each color
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Postby goosetalk » Wed Nov 29, 2006 2:33 pm

Boomn4x4 wrote:
goosetalk wrote:Well, brown food coloring is hard to come buy around here


Think art class..... Couple drops of each color


Good Point Boomn4x4
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Postby Brant » Wed Nov 29, 2006 7:29 pm

I've had good luck hunting fields that are lightly snow covered,for both mallards and geese.5-10" is too much,and if the ground is frozen,the birds can't feed.Look for open water and set up there.It doesn't have to be big water,creeks or potholes will do fine.That's where the birds will be unless they've moved on.Good Luck,Brant
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Postby bgoldhunter » Wed Nov 29, 2006 10:49 pm

You can clear the snow a bit, or lay out some straw/hay to make it look clear. I don't know if it helps, but I usually kick some aside where I place my dekes. Of course, we sure haven't had to worry about that the last few years though, have we?
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