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Postby joemc » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:58 pm

im new to goose hunting and want advice. ive been hunting a small wheat field, i have 6 avian feeders and 4 final approach sentrys and semi sentrys. ive been using a layout blind and can call. but last season only had 2 flocks lock up and commit. any suggestions.
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Re: need help

Postby JuniorPre 360 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:13 pm

What exactly is your question? Are the geese flying too far out and not noticing your decoys? Use a goose flag to grab their attention. Are they coming in but then flairing? Get more hidden, get better at calling, or maybe a larger spread. Are the geese even landing during the time you're out hunting? Maybe you need to see where and what time they want to be in a certain spot and be there. I'm no expert, but if you get more decoys, get a few feeders to simulate a more relaxed spread.
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Re: need help

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Re: need help

Postby mayhem96 » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:44 pm

Your in Maryland, so scouting is a big thing. You have to find the birds and 10 decoys will not cut it.

I would like to know what you want to learn. I would say scouting is a big thing that you need to learn. Watch the birds consistently and know how to read them when calling. You say you can blow a call but that doesn't mean you can call birds in. Learn how to read the birds and experience is probably the biggest thing in this. I would say invest in some more decoys. Greenhead Gear has a variety of decoys and I would urge you to check them out. If you want to really increase the size of your spread, I would say go with some silhouettes. We hunt over Real-Geese but I have heard good things about Big Al's. I like them when it snows because the snow doesn't get on them. Good luck this season!
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Re: need help

Postby noweil » Thu Mar 14, 2013 6:52 pm

I hunt over small spreads with good success. Do the geese use your field when it is not being hunted? Trying to draw geese to a spot they don't want to be is tough. The three most important things in goose hunting are 1. location 2. location 3. location. Once you find that location then the most important thing is not messing it up. Almost anyone can easily kill birds at a good spot once. Making a good spot last is hard.
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Re: need help

Postby Rick Hall » Thu Mar 14, 2013 7:29 pm

Don't know where Calvert County is, but the last time I was on the Maryland's Eastern Shore was in 1982, and even then every inch of private land was locked up. Scouting may not be much of an option. That leaves more decoys and better concealment and calling as more feasible alternatives.
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Re: need help

Postby mayhem96 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:11 am

I agree with Rick. You have so many rigs out there you have to do something different :thumbsup:
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Re: need help

Postby noweil » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:38 am

I lived beside a NWR back in the 80's & 90's when it was probably the #1 goose hunting area in the country. Conventional wisdom was to put out as many decoys as possible to compete with all the clubs and other hunters. By the end of a 90 season the spreads would be huge. The refuge was ringed with private clubs, leases, and public hunting that got hunted everyday. In 1996 I killed 11 geese in the last 7 days of season over 2 full bodies with little calling. This was in a public hunting field, with a 2 bird a day limit, with decoys within 40 yards of a wooded field edge. I sold a pile of decoys after that. In 2010 & 2011 I used 4-6 floaters on a river to kill over 100 geese a year and lots of mallards. I still hunt some public areas and small spreads still work. You want to do something different try small spreads.
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Re: need help

Postby noweil » Sat Mar 16, 2013 9:54 am

All of the pictures are of small water spreads. They all killed birds and are pictures from a couple different states. I use these spreads from August- January.

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Re: need help

Postby joemc » Wed Mar 20, 2013 2:00 pm

thanks for the advice
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Re: need help

Postby Huntfish12 » Sun Mar 24, 2013 8:19 am

killing geese on water, is very different then killing them on land
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Re: need help

Postby Leaky-NY » Fri Jul 19, 2013 6:24 pm

One thing bout field hunting geese. You can be in the same field they want but 100 yards off. As said scouting and some more dekes could be the answer. Good luck.

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