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Old 03-04-2015, 06:26 PM   #1
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First time ever chasing snows this year, acquired some decoys from some real generous guys on this site and hope to put some birds down. What do you guys find most successful hunting snows? Decoy spread, field placement, morning/evening ect. Just looking for some tips guys have learned the hard way over the years. Thanks
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Old 03-04-2015, 07:07 PM   #2
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Scouting and concelment are the biggest keys to snow goose hunting imo
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Go to the store, buy a fishing rod with some jigs and swimbaits and fish dirkng the spring. You will hate life less and be thousands of dollars ahead haha. Or be a snow goose scab like myself and tag along haha.
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The hide in the most important thing. Next comes scouting, then your hide, then your ecaller placement and decoy setup, your hide, and finally your hide.
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The hide in the most important thing. Next comes scouting, then your hide, then your ecaller placement and decoy setup, your hide, and finally your hide.
Ecaller placement in decoys, please explain
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There's a ton of tips that one can find online and also by watching the many videos on youtube. If you watch enough of them and I have, lol, you pick up on certain things it seems.

Like any waterfowl, scouting is key along with hiding your blinds. If you find the right concentration of birds like juvies late in the year and they are hitting a field, you don't need a massive spread to have a nice little hunt the next day.

Reading the birds is something you will learn as well. Sometimes snows are just being snows but other times they are either seeing your blinds, getting hit too hard with too much volume from e-caller or feeling something isnt quite right about your spread.

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Check out performancegamecalls.com Chris does a nice job with giving some general pointers with diagrams via some of his youtube snow goose setup demos. Has been very helpful for me over the years and have actually gone back multiple times just to check things from time to time. Flier locations in windy and non-windy conditions, decoy setup and placement (not like honker hunting) etc.

Good stuff.

Good luck this Spring.

PS……the "barks" will keep you up all night once you really get it in your blood.
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I got advice from a snow goose hunter in my area, NW Iowa, that I hope holds true. He said that hunting around here, which is not in the heart of the flyway by any means, expect a really good hunt once every 3 years. I have killed a combined 2 snow geese in the last 2 years so I'm do this year I hope!!
Don't expect to "make a pile" unless you go with someone with the decoys, location, and experience to do it. Right out the gate hope for a few birds to work. And the e caller will burn white noise into your brain. You hear it none stop.
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Find someone to go with.
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Yeah my goal is set at 5 geese this year, might be a touch high haha does anyone hunt without flyers and vortex's as I don't have any of those and am yet to watch a video on youtube lacking one or the other.
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You don't need flyers or a vortex.
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The morning and evening feeds are when you will have the most birds pass over your spread. But if you have time to wait it out after the morning feed is going back to roost is when you can get some of the best working birds if you are not on the feed x. Those stragglers are sometimes looking to loaf in the field for a little while longer.
If you get to hunt around Riverton take the downtime and hit up the waterfowler for a pork tenderloin for lunch.
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