A-Bomb wrote:Well, if your killing birds and having some that dont commit, id say its just the nature of the beast at this point in the season. Fact is, its late in the year, theyre smart to the game. Not every flock that comes out is gonna finish. It is what it is.
Although your taking great detail to brush in your blinds, do they have high profiles? If so, you may want to consider digging htem in to lower profiles. Are theyre any shadows around your blinds? If so, pile stubble around your blinds and taper it off to eliminate the shadows. Also, i wouldnt try and put too many in the field. Id put your blinds close together so when you open the doors they just barely clear and then fill in between then to get rid of any shadows. Also, if you can hunt the edge of the field, you may want to give that a try. Decoys....Are your decoys shining? If theyre wet and shining, then that could very well be why theyre not finishing to you.
Some other things you can try...Go BIG with your spread, or go small as suggested above. Also, dont set in the decoys. If the birds are short stopping you, try setting down wind of your decoys. Other options include sitting 90* to the wind. That way the birds arent coming strait in on you, but rather from side to side offering a crossing shot. That way when they come in theyre not looking strait in on your blinds.
Good luck, hope you hammer em.
Exactly what I was looking for. Thanks! The one thing I did not think of was the shadows from the blind. I will have to pay better attention to that in the future. Unfortunately that wasn't it in these cases, as it was overcast each day over the past week. I went out today, however, and it was clear blue and I noticed the shadow, but didn't think about it until I got your post. My buddy and I use Avery Finishers and we try to tapper the blinds with the stalks.
As far as set up goes, these are fairly large open corn fields that have already been cut and plowed-over for the winter. They are flat! We did have an opportunity to set up against the irrigation-pivot one day which was perfect because of the tall grass surrounding it. Decoys were out about 15-35 yds from the blinds. But the geese would stay just outside the spread. Two pairs finished at 45 yds on the outside. Monday, we set 90* form wind but just inside the decoys (because we didn't want them landing too far out like the other day). Had a few over head passing shots, 3 did finish nice, and then about 4 other groups (anywhere from 6-30 birds) work, circle come in wings cupped, and pull up at 45 yds. Like you said, maybe just seen it all by now, I don't know. On thing about setting in the decoys, you see hunters do it all the time, and they have success. Is that only in the cases where you have 80+ decoys out?
The last thing was the shine on decoys. Now we did have a mist on Monday morning, but it was so cloudy that nothing was shining. However, other then using FFDs, is there any trick to keeping morning dew off so when the sun comes up and the geese are moving you don't have that problem? I can't think of anything, but I have used Rain X on mallard decoys to keep ice from building up on subzero morning. It works great!