Running Traffic in Wintering Areas
John Gordon began guiding hunters for snow geese in Texas long before there was a spring season. Gordon now targets snow geese that winter near Tunica, Mississippi, and says that in both areas, a lot of time was spent just watching the daily movements of the birds.
"Wintering areas are all about patterning the geese and being highly familiar with their travel routes," says Gordon, customer service specialist for Avery Outdoors. "Targeting feeding birds can fantastic, but you can run in to major problems if the birds you shoot at start building in another field nearby."
Gordon says that by setting up in an area with high amount of bird traffic, a hunter doesn't have to compete with feeding birds nearby and is likely to pull geese, particularly juvenile birds, out of passing flocks.
Gordon's decoy spreads are small by spring standards—he uses between 250-300 full-bodied decoys—but he spaces them out across an area approximately 200 yards in length.