How to Set Up Snow Goose Decoys
When most hunters talk about hunting snow geese, they’re usually referring to the springtime light goose conservation order, which is a lengthened season due to ballooning populations of snow and Ross’s geese, even speckled bellies and blues. Also, during the regular waterfowl season, you can have success hunting snow geese as they migrate south.
Snow geese migrate in large numbers, often thousands to a flock, so decoys are important. Knowing how to set up snow goose decoys is the key to drawing them in range for a shot. If everything falls into place and you get a few thousand snow geese swirling like a tornado into your spread, you’re in for a hunt you’ll never forget.
Make a Lifelike Decoy Spread
Scout first to find a field that the geese are using to feed. And with their usually large numbers, that means you’ll need to strategically place the decoy spread to bring them in. The Montana Decoys Snow Goose combo features three separate poses - 3D, top view and side view - to catch the geese’s attention from any angle. Their realistic design draws the birds in while their reduced weight make them ideal for toting around in the field. Build a third of your spread with realistic snow geese decoys, and supplement the rest with white rags or wind socks. Keep the full-body, realistic decoys closer to the landing area and fill the rest of the spread with the rags or socks.
If you’ll be hunting in the morning, start out with a triangle-shaped spread with its base downwind. Position yourself upwind, which creates a funnel for the birds to fly directly into your blind. Another spread that works well is a horseshoe, leaving room on the upwind side for the birds to land, which is where you’ll want to be. If you’re too far downwind, the geese may glide just out of range. Another trusted decoy spread is a fish hook shape. Position your hunting party at the top of the hook with the wind at your back, and the birds will funnel straight to your blind.
As the morning wanes, snow geese become less aggressive and you’ll need to change your decoy spread to find out what they like. The geese flying after the morning are looking for a location to spend the rest of the day feeding and resting. Space out your decoys to make the spread appear more relaxed and lifelike.
Watch the Wind
When it’s moderately windy, the snow geese will fly closer to the ground. This will also give your spread some motion. Use flags, kites or pull-string flappers for extra movement. A slightly windy day is the best time for snow goose hunting and provides you with the best opportunity at decoying a large flock. When wind is minimal, the geese will flair easier once they can tell there’s no movement in the decoys.
Snow geese are abundant and just plain fun to hunt. But since there’s an open season on them as they migrate south then back north, older birds are keen. Keep your decoys in order and chances are you’ll fool a few to come within range.