Using Goose Hunting Decoys
After you have found your hunting spot, it is the moment to choose the most suitable site to setup.
As most of you know, geese prefer the spots where they feel comfortable and secure. You mustn't place your decoys in the nearby vicinity of a brush pile, fence lines or high vegetations or anything that offers a natural cover because geese "shy" away from all covers which can be a predator risk. The decoys should be placed right in the middle of the field, water or where the geese can observe them.
If you want to hunt and there is a powerful wind, you should place the geese decoys on the down side of a vegetation or hill because geese land in such areas to protect themselves from the strong winds. When you are placing the decoys, think about where you will be staying so that you will have the best shooting spot. Try finding a spot from which you will be able to see in all directions as once the geese see the decoys they may come from all directions. It is advisable to leave a "landing zone" or "hole" in your decoy spread in order to position the landing geese for shooting opportunities. Geese prefer landing in an area where they will not be disturbed by other birds.
In order to make the decoys more visible, there are some steps which you should follow:
1. Decoy placement and positioning - decoys should be placed in a "V" shape, wedge with the point of the "V" or the wedge into the wind because geese prefer landing in the wind.
Placing them in an "X" is recommended for the times when there isn't any wind. For decoys you install in water, these should be placed in a "J" shape with the bend of the "J" into the wind.
The goose decoys should be placed in groups of 5 up to 12 decoys. The decoys should be separated by 2 or 3 feet and the groups by also 2 or 3 feet.
2. Size and number of the decoys - the more the better: if the flock is numerous then more decoys should be used. As a matter of fact, if you are hunting flocks of geese you should use more than 100 decoys. If you will use larger decoys then you will attract geese from respectable distances.
3. Realism - use the most realistic decoys you can find. Full bodied and shells are very efficient. Regarding the placement, you should place the most realistic decoys you have near the landing zone and the least attractive decoys as far as possible from the view of the incoming birds. Decoys which are moving side to side, moving their heads or flapping their wings add extra-realism and are most efficient.
4. Contrasting colors - in order to increase the visibility of your decoys, you should place the dark colored decoys in a light colored area.