In season: Snow geese
You need refined tactics to hunt these savvy birds
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Snow geese are hunted up and down their flyways from fall through spring, so they’re well educated about hunters. That makes attention to detail paramount when it comes to your set-up. For realism, use as many decoys as possible, including motion decoys (flyers, flappers, flags, kites or a combination of styles).
Set the motion decoys among a number of traditional decoys behind the gunners; this creates the illusion of an approaching flock attempting to get ahead of a moving, feeding wave of birds. Well-dressed layout blinds are effective, but they’re bulky and somewhat inconvenient. Instead, many experienced hunters are now opting to dress in all white and lean against backboards among the decoys. You must keep movement to a minimum, but this is a great way to hide in plain sight.