Something new that they have not been conditioned to before and thus are having higher success for longer periods of time. Unlike those hunters who are waiting until the birds are conditioned to these new products or decoys before adding then into their spread. Now don’t get me wrong, I have a garage full of hunting equipment that didn’t cut the mustard, but I also have several products that I have been using successfully for many years that are just becoming “Popular” for the mainstream goose hunting crowd.
At this time I would like to share several products that I have found to be unique and exciting for this year’s upcoming hunting season. Keep in mind that there is a time and place for every product out there and don’t get discouraged and discard an item if it does not work wonders the first time out. Many additional factors come into play during each hunt, such as having an experienced goose caller or two in the spread, having an inexperienced hunter with who doesn’t know how to keep covered up properly, a dog that can’t sit still or maybe on that day it just wasn’t meant to be. However if used as each product was designed, these new products have proven to be successful for many hunters.
The first product was designed by The Smart Stick Company. It is called “The Goose Tree”. This product gets the attention of geese from a long distance off as it emulates a small flock of landing birds. It also takes the attention off of the hunters and places it on the “Tree”. Now be sure to remember that when you set up the Goose Tree. This is a product that you will want to place away from your blinds, not in the same sight plane, as the geese approach. What I personally like best about this product is that there are not many hunters out there using it right now and it is something the majority of the geese have not seen yet.
Another new product I like that has been overlooked to some extent is the plastic corn decoy that Avery came out with a few years back. They throw a couple in with each box of new Canada goose decoys to try and promote it to hunters. I personally spent about $60.00 and was able to get close to 8 dozen ears of corn. Now do I use these every time out- No. But it is just another weapon to add to my arsenal. And let me tell you when used in the right situation it is definitely a head turner.
A third product that has proven to be affective is the Canada goose Jack Kite. This is a flying decoy that emulates a Canada goose hovering over the spread and can be seen from very far distances. Now this is a product that has been around for many years but for some reason has not caught on as well with Canada goose hunters as it has with snow goose hunters. Most likely because this is a fragile item that needs to be taken care of and also needs a minimum of 5 – 7 mph of wind to work. But given the right conditions and using proper care it can be a very effective tool.
The last idea that I would like to present is that when the next “Great Decoy” hits the market and is priced to sell, don’t jump on that band wagon as it won’t be long until every other hunter out there has the exact same spread as you do. Instead, try picking out a decoy spread that is not the same as everyone else is currently using. That is why I decided to invest in a spread of high-end goose decoys. Not only because they are very realistic looking, but because I am confident that Joey down the street is not going to make that kind of investment in his goose spread and thus it should be an effective spread for many years to come. Other hunters I know, who do not have the money to invest but have the time and motivation have elected to create and build their own decoys from scratch and have been very successful. I also encourage hunters to try different set-ups for different times of year. If everybody else is bulking up their spread in the late season, try scouting a little harder to make sure that you are on the “X” and only throw out a dozen of your best decoys.
In this goose hunter’s opinion, to be as successful at the end of the hunting season as at the beginning, we need to try different approaches and tactics that these geese have not been conditioned to yet. I hope this article has opened some new ideas for a few of you and hopefully will help you to try some new products and ideas before every other goose hunter out there has jumped on it first. And for you avid snow goose hunters, I wonder how affective a spread of 300 – 500 Canada goose sillosock decoys would be. I bet Joey down the street won’t have anything that looks like that next fall.