By Wade Bourne
With few exceptions, these are good times for goose hunters
in North America. Most Canada goose
populations are large and stable, and resident flocks of honkers continue to grow unabated in many areas. The midcontinent light goose flock is bursting at the seams, offering long seasons and liberal limits (or no limits during the special conservation order). Cacklers
are rebounding from low numbers of a few years back, and white-fronted geese
are doing well. The only significant decline this year was in the Atlantic brant
population, which suffered a sharp drop from 2012 numbers.
Viewed cumulatively, there are plenty of geese in all four flyways
, and you don't need an expensive lease or a trailer full of decoys to take advantage of the abundant hunting opportunities provided by these birds. Many goose hunters are enjoying great success by staying mobile and using small spreads. They are scouting to find where geese are feeding, and then setting up on the X with portable blinds and just a few dozen decoys
Following are five highly effective goose spreads to help you get in on the action.