Mike shared that he learned long ago, when the birds refuse to decoy like this there is absolutely nothing you can do. He went on to share that these are the hardest species of waterfowl to hunt and in fact these birds have been hunted hard for over six months straight at this point in the season. In addition, many of the adults have made the trek back and forth for over twenty years. They know the game.
Mike went on to say that they are not unkillable by any means though. His strategy is simple. First, he has leased 20 of the best field locations in the area, that have proven to be successful for over 10 years. Secondly, Mike has invested big money in his equipment. Simply stated Mike has purchased the best full-body decoy spreads on the market today and has added the best accessories to enhance the realism of his spreads. From there Mike has installed pit blinds in over half of his leased locations for the best concealment possible.
Mike says that on any given day his standard groups of four hunters can expect to harvest upwards of 40 to 80 geese in a day, throughout the season. There are however many days when his hunters only take in a handful of geese. It really just depends on the day. After all of these years, Mike refuses to make excuses for “those days” where the birds just won’t decoy and in fact he is very straight forward with his customers up front that this is what spring snow goose hunting is all about.
I had to admire Mike’s candor, as I have been on both sides of this crazy game numerous times. I know first hand how hard it is to decoy the white devils, but I also know that the next day can bring shooting as fast as you can load your gun, when nothing has changed but the bird’s attitudes. By the end of the hunt I was pleasantly surprised at the overall enjoyment of the day. Even with the lack of shooting it was a very entertaining and educational experience and I am truly looking forward to another opportunity at matching wits with these birds again with Mike “The Legend” Adams.