Since Jason was just getting rolling, this would be the first official spring hunt for Jason this year and I was more than happy to lend a hand in getting the spread set up in this fresh field full of geese, being that I arrived a day early for the hunt. (Note Jason does not normally expect his hunters to assist in setting the spread) but in these conditions Jason wasn’t going to turn down the offer.
We unloaded his 20 foot enclosed trailer and I was very impressed with his set up. We started by setting up just over 1,000 Sillosock snow goose decoys as the main body of the spread. From there we put out about 120 full body decoys, made up of 75 fully flocked Dakota snow goose decoys, that we placed right in the kill hole.
Jason was very excited to show off his new spread of fully flocked full body decoys that he just picked up the week before. They looked amazing! And since we were able to hunt dark geese this week, Jason added about 80 – 100 Canada goose and White fronted decoys about 30 yards down wind of the main snow goose spread to draw in the smaller flocks of Cackler geese and Specks in the area. I had to admit the spread looked pretty darn good. Just when I thought we were done, Jason pulled out 6 vortex machines and 50 snow goose flapper decoys to top it off. Now we were talking! The only thing we would be missing on this hunt was the two main E Caller sound system machines that Jason runs. But due to the fact that it is illegal to use E Callers during the 9 day dark goose season they had to stay in the trailer until next week.
As we watched the sun hit the horizon late in the day, skeins of Snow geese were spread out across the horizon heading back to the lake. There was no shortage of geese left in the area even though the majority of White fronted geese and about half the Snows and Canada’s had already vacated the area from the week before.