Many times it is also much easier to attain permission to hunt on such an area since as it is often overlooked by other hunters. The key is finding one of these areas. The most effective way is to follow the birds off of their breakfast field in the morning to their favorite loafing pond. The problem comes in when not every flock will use a loafing pond and one must decipher whether they are actually heading back to the roost or not. This scouting method is a little more time consuming and inconvenient since in most instances scouting is done during the week after work and not at 10:00 am, awaiting a flock to complete breakfast. However, if you are able to find one of these ponds, you are sure to be successful. Another added benefit is that these loafing ponds are usually either farm ponds or watering holes which can offer easy drive-up access and nice shoreline cover for a layout blind. This set up also alleviates the need for a boat and all that goes along with a traditional water hunt.
The other water option that works well, especially later in the year, is hunting Canada geese on the river. The nice thing about river hunting is that you can hunt an area of the river without hunting the roost. Thus you are not as likely to scare them out of the area. Also on the river, there are usually multiple flocks using the same area. This offers more birds to hunt as well as the addition of new birds coming into the area as the migration progresses and the smaller lakes freeze up. When hunting the river, one of my favorite set ups is to drag out a couple layout blinds, a dozen full body or silhouette decoys, and a dozen floaters onto an island sand bar. There is usually good cover somewhere near by and these islands are normally public. This is also a much more natural setting than hiding in a boat blind like a regular duck hunting situation.