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  • A couple of tips for setting up decoys.

    A couple of tips for setting up decoys.

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    I use two dozen shell type goose decoys. First, when setting up the decoys in the morning, put them in position without staking. That way it's easier and quicker to readjust the layout to achieve proper shape, density, etc. When satisfied, start staking them. Tip #2: Straddle each as yet unstaked decoy with toes pointing to decoy head then stake it and replace as before. That way you don't forget which way the decoy was pointed while staking it. Tip #3: I have the best luck with a thin wedge shape set (a flattened triangle). Tip #4: Place a pair of decoys three or four yards off the point and put them only two feet or so apart. One of them should be sentry head. Tip #5: Never put the decoys all facing the same direction. I place mine in the same general direction (towards the triangle point) without about 110 degrees variation. Also, if your decoys have adjustable heads (and they are cheap crap if they don't), don't put them all pointing straight ahead of the body, except feeder heads. If you watch geese closely in the field, you'll notice that they almost always feed straight in front of their bodies as they are walking. Tip #6: It's not necessary to face the decoys into the wind. Try to face them in general direction that geese will likely be coming from. Tip #7: If at all possible, place your blind DOWNWIND of the decoys, not in the middle of them and definitely not upwind if you can help it. The geese will almost always try to land into the wind. Being downwind will get you the best pass shots. When building a duck blind on water try to position it downwind of where the decoys will be set. Know from where the TYPICAL prevailing winds blow (usually from west or northwest). Tip #8: Now this one is important! Position the goose decoys so that they are only three to four feet apart. For many years I made the mistake of trying to spread my deeks out to give the illusion that I had more in the field than I really did. Works much better to get the decoys together into a natural appearance. Watch them through binocs some time. They're not spread all over the field! Also I believe a black mass of decoys is much more visible at a distance than a set that's spread out. And finally, a spread out set is more likely to result in geese landing out of range on the edge.

    There, that's a lot of secrets. You're welcome. Better than taking them to the grave with me.

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    • #3
      That should read: "... with about 110 degrees maximum variation."

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        Thanks OH.I enjoyed that.

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