Choosing a goose decoy spread properly plays a large role in your goose hunting success. A Canada goose decoy needs to have a few basic qualities to make it effective. They need to be realistic, portable, contain some motion, and float if needed when hunting over water. Below is a list of suggestions to think about when selecting goose decoy spread.
Portable Goose Decoy Spread
Portable goose decoy spreads include shells, windsocks, and silhouette decoys. I prefer silhouette decoys when hunting Canada geese. The reason I prefer silhouette goose decoys in my portable spread is that they are lightweight, compact, ultra realistic, and highly visible. They also have the appearance of movement because they are two dimensional. These decoys combined with a goose flag for motion at a distance and a wing flapping decoy like the Wing Waver Decoy for finishing geese makes for an effective spread.
Full Body Goose Decoy Spread
Full body goose decoys are the decoy of choice if you can drive into your hunting field. Their realism cannot be matched. Full body decoys are made by many manufacturers and each has there advantages. I prefer a decoy that is realistic, has paint that will not come off when thrown in a trailer, has parts that will not break when thrown in a trailer, and will not blow over when hunting in high winds. A properly set up full body goose decoy spread combined with a goose flag for motion at a distance and a wing flapping decoy like the Wing Waver Decoy for finishing geese makes for the most effective goose decoy spread.
Floating Goose Decoy
Floating goose decoys are available from multiple decoy manufacturers. Choosing a floating goose decoy is simple. Buy the best looking decoy that is keel weighted for your hunting situation. If you pack in your decoys, make sure the decoy you buy does not have a weighted keel. The weighted keel will be unneeded extra weight. For all other situation I prefer a weighted keel goose decoy. They right themselves in high wind and can be picked up and set-out quickly as you do not need to worry about righting the decoy yourself.
The above suggestions will help you with choosing a goose decoy spread. For more goose and duck hunting tips please read other articles located at duck and goose hunting tips.