Light geese are notorious for having "commitment issues" with any decoy spread. Seeming to understand a shotgun's maximum range, they drift left or right just beyond shooters' capabilities. Being a successful spring goose hunter means having the ability and knowledge to get geese in close. Use these helpful tactics to get birds to lock-on decoys, and stay locked on.
10 Decoying Tips for Light Geese
- While most light goose hunters still use 1000 or more decoys in a field, using as little as 300-400 can work under ideal conditions.
- Any combination of full bodies, shells, silhouettes, wind socks and rags will work for light geese.
- Mobility during the Spring light goose season offers hunters more options on any given day. Sticking with a majority of wind socks and rags, mixed with a limited number of full bodies, shells, and silhouettes allows hunters to be able to set up, breakdown and move quickly. Finicky birds will use a different feeding and roosting areas every day if they feel threatened.
- Depending on the spread's size, the most widely used technique is to arrange them in the "J" or fish hook shape. Hunters position themselves at the top or the hook's eyelet, with the wind at their backs.
- Keep decoys clustered closely together, and possibly even having several large clusters of decoys throughout a field imitating concentrated feeding in certain areas.