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Decoy Spreads for Canada Geese

A variety of decoy strategies for honkers
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Story at a Glance

Canada goose decoy strategies:

  • Large Field Spreads
  • Designs for Field Spreads
  • Beyond the Basics
  • Motion in Goose Spreads
  • Downsizing a Spread
  • Hunting Over Water
  • The Final Word

The Final Word

Canada goose populations in North America fluctuate up and down each year, and opportunities to hunt honkers do likewise. In 2004, the numbers of these birds are rebuilding in the Atlantic flyway, and seasons and bag limits are expanding. Shifting migration patterns in the mid-United States are hurting some areas and helping others. The expansion of resident flocks of giant Canada geese across the country is causing nuisance problems, while also creating new hunting prospects.

Wherever these birds exist, there is a common thread in hunting them: Having an effective decoy spread is a must. Canada geese are exposed to growing hunting pressure. Realism and motion make decoys more alluring to live birds. Calls and calling know-how are better than ever. Hunters are more mobile now than in the past, and they can travel to where hunting is good. All these things combine to educate honkers as to hunters' means and methods.

This is why haphazard spreads don't get it anymore. Instead, serious goose hunters must pay attention to detail and take advantage of all the gear and good advice available. Indeed, these are days of super geese, and it takes super spreads to lure them into close shotgun range.

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