Larry has actually hunted with numerous professional goose hunting outfitters across the entire country to get their opinions on the product and to make it better. Larry stated that the reason The Goose Tree is so effective in defining the X is that when geese are far off in the distance, they are able to lock into the flying decoys similar to an airplane locking onto the runway. Larry said from there it is as simple as keeping the birds engaged as they finish on the “Tree”. Larry also stated that he has tried several different set-ups with the Goose Tree and has found the most effective set up to be using two groups of decoys, with the blinds in one group and The Goose Tree in the second and smaller group of decoys. This keeps the attention of the birds on the landing area instead of on the hunters. Larry also stated that he really likes to put the blinds off to the side of the spread, or cross wind about 30 yards away so that when the hunters sit up to shoot, the birds are landing next to The Goose Tree (and many times do not even notice the hunters) making for a clean first shot at non-flaring birds.
So it all looked good on paper but I was itching to get out and try The Goose Tree on my local flock of Canada geese that we had been hunting hard for the last couple months. In our first attempt with The Goose Tree with Larry we used 3 Goose Trees (more testing) and a several gorund flyers in front of The Goose Tree. After the spread was set and Larry went to park the truck, the first flock of the day was already in the air and headed my way. The birds did not hesitate and I was very impressed with the results as the geese finished just as Larry had stated they would. The next bird that came in was a single honker and the Goose Tree worked to perfection as I took the shot at 15 yards and the goose never even saw me. At the end of my first hunt with The Goose Tree I was not only excited about the new product but intrigued to try it out on my own for the rest of the season.
Through the next month I had a little trial and error in using the product. After hunting with the layout blind directly underneath The Goose Tree I had limited success, as I had put myself right back in the line of sight for the incoming birds, as well as making an obstacle to shoot around. I also found it to be most effective placing the blind off to the side of The Goose Tree and taking shots at right angles as Larry had taught me to do in our first hunt together. Overall I felt that The Goose Tree help in trafficking birds, as well as finishing them in most situations. I also liked the fact that anytime you have the first opportunity to hunt over an effective product (and this is still considered a new product in my mind) that has not been saturated by the market yet you gain an advantage and come late season I will take every advantage I can get!
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