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So what if the geese come from an angle that makes the silhouettes look like lines, anyone know what im talking about? Ive never used them and don't want to go spend 200 dollars on full bodies ( not yet at least ) they look like something i could do in a wood shop with some paint. If they work well ill make a couple, any advice on that would be nice too.
 

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I have some homemade silouettes I used for snow goose hunting. I always set them up at right angles to each other. That way no matter which way the birds came in they always saw at least 1/2 the decoys...................
 

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I have some homemade silouettes I used for snow goose hunting. I always set them up at right angles to each other. That way no matter which way the birds came in they always saw at least 1/2 the decoys...................
This is what I do as well. I have a lot of silhouettes so as I put them out I will rotate each one so that as you walk around your spread you see geese at every angle. Plus I have never really just set out silos, I always set either shells or full bodies or floaters throughout the rest of the silos. It fills in the gaps plus adds a mixture to your spread. I think they are worth every penny.
 

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So how many would you recommend having with a combination of about 3 Big foot feeders, 3 senturies, and 5 resters.
 

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It is said one of the advantages of silos is that they present the image of motion. Every angle a flock sees them from presents a different image of the flock as a whole, with some of the decoys disappearing and others appearing.
 

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1.5x silhouette decoys to full bodies decoys as a close ratio or slightly less. Don't get into the rester, sentries and others stuff. Silhouette decoys don't normally have sentries and geese still land.

Anyone ever notice when a flock of geese is on the ground they feed and pretty much ignore geese circling and coming in. Once almost on the ground the geese on the ground respond, just being territorial. The only time I have seen geese on the ground respond to birds in the air is when a few peel off a flock and they will call to their own flock. I have never seen geese flair over decoy body positions, shiny decoys, badly hidden blinds and hunters moving their heads, yes I have.
 

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You place the silos at different positions so no matter how the geese may circle the spread they will see geese.
They are great! We can pack 11 dozen Als in our blinds on two sleds and a dozen Avians. Hard to beat!

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We have only goose hunted for four years, and after last year I sold all my full bodies. In two seasons we have shot several dozen limits of geese with 5 to 8 dozen silhouette decoys. I bought two dozen and hand made the rest, the geese are sure fooled by them. We can get all 8 dozen, two blimds, all our gear onto two small sleds.
 

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For those of you who have home made silos, what do you use for stakes? Are you able to use them when the ground is all frozen as well?
 

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we put em in rows with one facing forward and the next one in front of it facing either left or right so no matter what angle your looking they dont look like lines. and i read somewhere that geese vision is kinda wierd cuz they see differently so silhouette decoys dont look flat.
 

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I bought steel rod at a steel supply place. 40 bucks for enough 16 inch stakes for our 8 dozen decoys and I have a lot left over. I made a driver out of a small piece of pipe with a cap on one end, the driver is about 3 inches shorter than the stake. In non-frozen conditions I don't need the driver.
 

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Place the decoys at different angles and SPREAD them out. Minimum of 4-5 steps between each decoy. I have 7 dz RG PS2's and they flat out work







 

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Just got a couple dozen silos for Christmas, wondering if I should be considering picking up a 1/2-1dozen full bodies for the pocket and hiding blinds or just go with the silos and maybe pick up another dozen or two for next year?
 

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I have 100 home made silos. For stakes I use 1" X 1/4" steel with about 12" below the bottom of the decoys, run it all the way to the top of the decoy and attach it to the silo with 3 - 3/16" stainless steel rivets. Rugged and will not shear off when being jammed in hard ground.
 

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dakotashooter2 said:
I have some homemade silouettes I used for snow goose hunting. I always set them up at right angles to each other. That way no matter which way the birds came in they always saw at least 1/2 the decoys...................
we do the exact same no matter what angle it looks like geese. we also have plenty of our silos painted all black that we slaugher geese over from a distance you can still see them. i also heard that geese always see in 3d so actually silos look like full bodies but i dont know if thats true
 

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we always run silos with our full bodies for bulk. We run Big Al's and they are amazing decoys for the money and the stakes are great for frozen ground.
 

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I have all full body duck and goose decoys, but most of the folk I hunt with are talking about silos in big numbers.
I only ever hunt spots I can drive to the X as I have a trailer, and the mix of my full bodies and their silos or wind socks makes for a pretty large set and lots for the birds to see.
I would say I would rather reduce the wind socks to half what we put out and go with more silos instead. A little movement in a stiff breeze is OK, but with too much dancing around wildly, it doesn't look as good.
 
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