Think Outside the Box
Since hunting pressure is often intense near population centers, keeping an open mind in how you hunt can pay big dividends. "If you hunt around a city, you have to be willing to think outside the box," Cade says. "For starters, consider hunting during the middle of the week instead of the weekend. Hunting pressure for waterfowl seems to decrease, too, when people get busy with the holidays or are distracted by other hunting seasons like the firearms deer opener."
Cade adds that you can't afford to overlook small, yet critical details when hunting these well-educated birds. Layout blinds
need to be meticulously hidden and decoys
arranged as naturally as possible. All hands should be "on deck" when it comes to grabbing the attention of passing birds. "We are usually pretty aggressive with our calling
, but we're not afraid to change it up depending on the birds' reaction."
Cade increases the size of his decoy spread as the season progresses. "We'll use up to as many as 20 dozen full-body Avery GHG decoys for Canada geese. When the weather gets cold, the birds typically feed in huge concentrations, so it's important to have a lot of decoys to draw them in."