Be A Snow Goose Pro! – Tactics and tips for hunting snow geese over field spreads

Here are some awesome tips for goose hunting you need to know!

Scouting is essential to a successful snow goose hunt. When targeting these birds, invest lots of time into scouting. As you figure out where to hunt, spend more time observing them than you would watching Canada geese or ducks.

Goose scouting sessions should be more than just driving trips through the countryside to find the first packed field of snow geese. Instead, try to find multiple fields of feeding snow geese and when several fields are found; observe each field and glass the birds to analyze their activities.

The final thing to look at while goose scouting is the lay of the land. Hilly fields with high spots and low spots can be productive. Look for places where you can set up the bulk of your main spread of decoys on a rise with the landing zone downwind and downhill. In such situations, position the blinds so they are tucked away just on the upwind side of the hill to help further conceal them from the incoming birds.

The Spread

Since snow geese travel in large flocks and feed in massive groups, it’s imperative to use large numbers of decoys to successfully lure them into shooting range. When using windsock style goose decoys, I’ve found that a minimum of 600 goose decoys is required and have had my most consistent results when hunting over spreads pushing 1,500 goose decoys.

Motion, Realism & Visibility

The more motion you can have in your goose decoy spread, the better are your odds of fooling incoming snow geese. Kites and flying decoys on strings such as Reel Wing Decoys can be used to replicate snow geese hovering above the spread and looking for a place to land. Position these types of decoys so they are flying above and just behind your blinds and not in direct line of where you plan to shoot. In addition, landing style goose decoys such as Sillo Sock Flyers on various pole heights positioned near your landing zones can create motion and the illusion of birds dropping into the spread.

When hunting snow geese in dry fields, you must be well hidden from incoming birds. If hunting out of a blind, make sure you use the lowest profile blind possible. As well, completely brush your blind with stubble from the field you’re hunting in. If sitting in the decoys wear a white jacket and facemask to help conceal yourself.

Snow geese make lots of sounds when feeding, so, where legal, use an electronic caller with multiple speakers to help attract and fool incoming birds. Before using a goose e-caller check your local regulations, because some jurisdictions have restrictions on the type and color of decoys you can use while operating an e-caller.

If e-callers aren’t allowed where you’re goose hunting or with the type of decoy spread you’re running, invest in a mouth blown snow goose call for every member of your hunting party and have everyone blow their call while birds are approaching.

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