The spacing between decoys, Gordon says, seems to put the birds more at ease and more willing to decoy. The smaller amount makes life a little easier in terms of getting in and out of the field.
Gordon has had his best luck on clear, cold days with enough wind to help center the birds on the decoys, but not so strong that they are fighting to move upwind.
There are similarities between hunting snows in the fall and winter versus the spring, but an important difference, Gordon says, is that a snow goose spread during the regular season can provide shooting opportunities that aren't possible in March and April.
"We see a fair number of specks down here, and they can turn a mediocre hunt into a pretty good day," says Gordon. "Ducks will also work a spread from time to time; they will at least take a look if you can get their attention with a call."