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Old 01-19-2011, 07:33 AM
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Default Decoy setup for field hunting ducks & geese?

We hunt in water 98% of the time. We found a winter wheat field that has canada geese and ducks that are using it. We have 24 goose shells, and about the same number of keel-less mallard dekes. We don't have layout blinds.

Assuming the wind is out of the north (or west) and the rectangular wheat field is bordered on all sides by tall grass or woods; what is a good way to set up the decoys?
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:06 PM
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i would hunt the tall grass set the decoys 30 yards from the grass to hope the birds will land inbetween you and the grass and lay in the grass just make sure you are well hidden and in good camo
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Old 01-20-2011, 04:46 PM
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Your best bet would be to dig a pit or get some layouts. I would also get some full bodies. If you are going to go with what you got................

If the wind is out of the North, hunt the South end of the field. Make your concealment in the tall grass. If those birds have been hunted at all, they will not go near the trees.

One of your biggest obstacles will be the sound of your calls not coming from the decoys. Set your decoys 50 or 60 yards North of you in the field. Hopefully there will be a lot of wind. When they set up to land on your decoys they should be right over your head. Just remember, if there is any wind at all, the birds will land into the wind. Make sure you have a flag. Good luck.
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Old 01-30-2011, 02:18 PM
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Find the spot where geese and ducks are feeding the evening before you plan to go out (next morning). That's the spot you need to set up you decoys 1-1.5 hrs before shooting time.
Very important! Wind needs to be from you back. Set up goose decoys in family group size spread out in a diagonal roughly "J" shape, with room for geese to land out in front of you. If they're (decoys) too close, geese will fly around you.
Keep the duck decoys (back and to side), if you want to use, away from the goose decoys. Generally, geese don't want to fly over ducks to land.
Make some sort of backboard to help keep your upper torso 30 degrees up so you can see. Cover yourself with burlap and wheat or whatever stubble is in the field among the decoys. Cover your face with face paint or cammo face cover. Even put a couple decoys around you and one on your lap.
A spinning wing duck decoy is great early to bring in ducks. Once ducks are done, take the spinner down. Use a flag when geese are a long ways out to get their attention. Once geese see your decoys and head your way, put the flag down. Use a few simple calls (clucks, double clucks, etc) answering them as they speak. Don't over call, especially once geese are on their final approach.. Just enough to let them know you're "real".
Then make sure you let them come in and don't move unnecessary or they'll bust you. They always look closer than they actually are. So, let them commit before you sit up to shoot.
If what you're doing isn't working after the first few flocks pass you by... See what's wrong and change quickly. I've even had to leave the decoys and get over into other cover that the first flocks start the pattern over. Once they start in a partern of flocks, most following flocks will match that pattern.
Have fun!

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Old 01-31-2011, 12:54 PM
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I make a blind,the easyist way to do that is to just lay down and cover up with burlap. i would lay some geese in a v with room for birds to land in the middle.place a few out of place to look realistic.put some ducks in the mix,but ducks will be best hunted just flying through.
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