Geese w/Mallards

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Geese w/Mallards

Postby DJH1 » Thu Jul 13, 2006 1:20 pm

Anybody in Missouri use goose decoys with your mallard spread?

I was thinking about getting 3-4 snow goose floaters to put off to the side of my mallard spread. I've heard several people say this is very effective. Wonder if I should use canada geese or snow's? The public land I hunt usually holds A LOT of snow geese so I thought that may be the way to go.

Just wondering if anybody in this area has used this type of setup and how it worked. Thanks.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Thu Jul 13, 2006 3:07 pm

I usually put a half dozen Canada goose decoys to the side when hunting some private ponds, but I usually don't bother at the public spots. It has been my experience there are very few opportunities for shots at geese there.

IMO I wouldn't worry about snows unless you have had them get close... a lot of the public spots I go to have tons of snows, but even with a flock of dekes they probably wouldn't come close enough for a shot.
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Postby H20fwlkillr » Thu Jul 13, 2006 11:59 pm

Up until last season I used 4 magnum floaters and a dozen shells of the side of my spread. I kept having ducks flair. After removing them, the ducks came right in. Last year was a weird year for me, so I plan on starting this season with some goose decoys out. If the ducks start flairing again, I'll ditch the goose dekes.
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Postby bgoldhunter » Fri Jul 14, 2006 4:40 pm

I've had that problem, but it hasn't seemed to happen after I moved my goose dekes farther away. A good 20 yards or more seems to have taken care of it.

But you are right, last year was a very strange year for me also..
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Postby goosetalk » Sun Jul 16, 2006 1:22 pm

when the ducks start flairing cuz of goose decoys its because they r highly pressured. Geese and ducks feed and rest together all the time and many ducks, especially teal use geese as look outs. I use goose decoys all the time, mainly for visibility. Yes, I sometimes have to move them for pressured birds. This year i'm planning on hunting dry fields with my 200+ canada goose spread for ducks.
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Postby duckhunter052002 » Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:57 am

i hunt open water off a point, i use about a dozen canadas floating close in kepping my puddlers mixed and run my divrs out about 30 yrds..... have had great success
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