SOME BAG'EM OUTDOORS DECOY TIPS!
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Full Body field hunting decoy spreads!
THE FAIL SAFE U-SHAPEDECOY SPREAD LAYOUT!
For this decoy spread we usually setup around 10 dozen decoys in the U-shaped pattern shown above. If it's early season you might get away with 4-5 dozen before the birds get smart. The ATV Decoy bag rack and Magnum XL decoy bags are a prefect solution for the task of getting all of your gear in and out of the field.
We place most of our decoys around our layout blinds for concealment shown in the red box above. Then we use about 3-4 dozen decoys for the front U-shape black boxes of the decoy spread, leaving about a 30x40 yard landing zone (white box) or what we like to call the kill zone. We generally use most of our actives and sentrys around the layout blinds and use feeders on the U-shape patterns to look like the geese are feeding towards our blinds. We also add, depending on the day, some barier decoys on the ouside edge of the kill zone to give the decoy spread more realism and the geese something to land over.
Geese, especially during or after the early season, like landing over other geese in pockets. Ideally the U-shape pattern should be setup with the wind at your back and with a windspeed of 6 mph or more. With less wind geese might not land perfectly in the killzone or approach form the side. Geese also have excellent vision so if possible have the sun at your back, so when the geese are approaching/finishing in your decoy spread, it will be harder for them to pick your blinds out. If duck season is open, adding a couple of spinners and duck decoys is always a plus. We generally put them towards the front of the Kill zone near the bottom of our blinds.
THE H-SHAPEDECOY SPREAD LAYOUT!
For this type of decoy spread we use about 8-10 dozen decoys placing most of them around our blinds for concealment. This decoy spread is ideal when the wind direction is in the opposite direction of the sunrise. You can setup your decoy spread with your back to the sun and the kill zone into the wind. We use most of our decoys around the blinds and then use about 2 dozen decoys on the opposite side of kill zone in the black box.
The biggest advantage of this setup is concealment, when the birds are finishing in the kill zone(white box), they will be looking at the decoys instead of your layout blinds. We have also found this works well on low wind days becuase the birds can land from three directions with the kill zone in the middle. We usually make the kill zone about a 50x50 yards to give the birds room to finish.
THE EARLY SEASON FAMILY-GROUPDECOY SPREAD LAYOUT!
For this type of decoy spread we use about 5-6 dozen decoys placing them 3 large steps apart and in four groups to mimic family groups for early season. This decoy spread is ideal for early season birds, that we are all use to, birds that just don't decoy and finish like we would like them to. This time of year wind is usually not as important as the direction the geese are coming from their roost, unless the wind is real strong that day.
The biggest advantage of this setup is pockets, when stubborn birds are finishing they have multiple pockets to pick from not just a single kill zone. The decoys are step-up like a baseball diamond. We use about 2 dozen decoys around the blinds (home plate) to help conceal them. Then we setup decoys in front of use (second base) just inside gun range incase birds finish short so you still have a shot, this is usually about 1 dozen decoys. We also setup a dozen decoys on each side of the blinds (like 1st and 3rd base) leaving two pockets for birds to finish in.
This time of year leave the flag in the blind and limit the calling, usually just simple honks. You don't want to show them all your tricks right away!
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