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Old 03-27-2015, 04:10 PM   #1
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Well for my 1st post here I thought I would share the slightly different approach we took to this years Snow goose hunt.

We used Zink Blinds along a fence line. Now I realize this is not a totally new concept and many of you have probably tried it before. I have done this myself on occasion, edges, fence lines, even blinds in middle of fields. I have never done it solid like this year for a week and a half. Its interesting how the changing wind and sun placement affect the result at times. It is also very interesting to me how the landscape changes can affect the result, sometimes from day to day dramatically. I am including a few pictures and a little clip a friend of mine put together. I hope to generate a little discussion, thoughts and opinions on mine and other folks strategies this year.







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What was your success rate by trying this approach?
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I'm hunting a homemade blind in a fencerow this year. Snows never seem to have any idea we're there. Going to add a see thru partial roof next year to solve the age old problem of geese hanging overhead not getting shot because everyone is scared to look up before they get out front.
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What was your success rate by trying this approach?

When we were able to get birds over to look it was good. Better then I had originally thought it was going to be.(We were 10 birds above our 15 year average.) Specks, Canada's & Swans liked it a lot. To well, they messed us up several times by mingling in with the Snows preventing us from shooting.

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I'm hunting a homemade blind in a fencerow this year. Snows never seem to have any idea we're there. Going to add a see thru partial roof next year to solve the age old problem of geese hanging overhead not getting shot because everyone is scared to look up before they get out front.
I agree, the only real way they know anything is up is when they look down and see you staring back at them. We may not have had enough top cover early on as we added a fair amount as the week went on. I am certain that hurt us a couple of times even with face masks early in the hunt with some older birds.

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That blind was brushed in very well. In the first pic it looks like nothing more than a clump of brush in the fencerow.
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. I hope to generate a little discussion, thoughts and opinions on mine and other folks strategies this year.







Anyone else feel that 50% of their geese wouldn't get shot without resorting to the mouth calls the last pass to turn and position snows for the shot?
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Turn the caller down so you can barely hear it. And the mouth calling does help for sure
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I know some fellas that used the Avian X blinds in Canada almost every day for 2 months and killed piles of ducks and Canada's out of them. They used other cover in grain fields to help break em up a little more, waterways, weedlines or ditches. Said they hunted layouts like 2 days where they couldn't get the avian blinds his. Gotta remember the A frame blind isn't a new concept, I know guys that used em 20 years ago. Another thing is that if there isn't a lot of trees on a fence line birds have no problem at all sitting close to them. I watched a few flocks sit 10 yards off a fence row a couple weeks ago for several days. Birds that we shot into yesterday came back to the field later, worked us a couple times off to the side, then lit 50-60 yards from 2 things: a state 4 lane hiway off ramp and a fence row. Seems there is more food on the edges and where the haul lanes were. I walked this field in and out and picking up birds twice and never saw a kernel of corn in it. It was chiseled, BTW, but they had been in it 3 days in a row
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I know some fellas that used the Avian X blinds in Canada almost every day for 2 months and killed piles of ducks and Canada's out of them. They used other cover in grain fields to help break em up a little more, waterways, weedlines or ditches. Said they hunted layouts like 2 days where they couldn't get the avian blinds his. Gotta remember the A frame blind isn't a new concept, I know guys that used em 20 years ago. Another thing is that if there isn't a lot of trees on a fence line birds have no problem at all sitting close to them. I watched a few flocks sit 10 yards off a fence row a couple weeks ago for several days. Birds that we shot into yesterday came back to the field later, worked us a couple times off to the side, then lit 50-60 yards from 2 things: a state 4 lane hiway off ramp and a fence row. Seems there is more food on the edges and where the haul lanes were. I walked this field in and out and picking up birds twice and never saw a kernel of corn in it. It was chiseled, BTW, but they had been in it 3 days in a row
Canada - a place anyone can shoot a pile of birds

That being said, I do think guys are having success with the A frame more than I would think in fence lines, etc as you can hide them so well and birds are used to seeing/finding layouts in spreads.

I've used fence lines to hide my layouts too in right wind conditions. As it seems like cross shoot winds work much better and the birds only feed so close to the fence line. I've never seen one closer than a certain distance and its actually kind of funny cause its just a straight line of birds.
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Yes I was going to have that in there that it is Canada, but they were still sometimes sitting in the middle of barley fields and still killing them at 20 yards
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I'm hunting a homemade blind in a fencerow this year. Snows never seem to have any idea we're there. Going to add a see thru partial roof next year to solve the age old problem of geese hanging overhead not getting shot because everyone is scared to look up before they get out front.
Got pics of your homemade blind?
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Got pics of your homemade blind?
Haven't taken a picture in at least 15 years.
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