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    Thanks ray. I saw this thread heading in another direction quickly. That's what I needed to hear. We will prolly sway in that direction then

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    Only issue I see with the backboned socks is the heads and backbone take up a lot of space. I have some and haven't used them in a while. As I said we use roughly 250 per person and pack them in sleds for transport which works rather well and is a time tested method. I learned this from the guys that are now 60 that have hunted down here since childhood before it was a big deal. My 2nd day of a guided snow goose hunt (CHRISTmas present from daughter and wife) in TX it took 16 man hours to layout and pick up. Worth it though 10 of us got 162 geese. Man I was hooked.

    Just scouted and found 3 fields with 3-5k in each of them. Might have to hunt tomorrow.
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    What do u do on calm days jacduck? If the socks are just hanging will they still work? Or do the silo socks have support and u like the 2D heads?

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    It takes about 6 mph winds to move silosocks. It is rare here that we don't have that. Mostly the socks are set up so the tails are on the ground and they can't move as much because they make a lot of noise in 20 mph winds. As far as the heads it is not what I like as much as what the geese will respond to. I hunt with a guy that was a pro guide for one of the outfits that advertise in the major waterfowl mags. He only sets out feeder heads and wouldn't use uprights in his spread. Nor will he put any dark geese in his spread. We all have our ideas and foibles.

    As I recall you are looking at the conservation season, spring always means strong weather conditions to me so take it from there.

    I hunt almost every day from early Nov until geese are gone in Feb/Mar but not always over a decoy spread. Sometimes I waylay them between the roost and the feeding area and do some pass shooting, other times it might be from feeding to noon time watering troughs. It all depends on weather, geese and locations. No one plan covers it all. Sometimes instead of laying in the spread we have to move outside to match what the geese are doing. Another thought just popped into my mind. Watch a flock of geese on the ground and those coming in. Often they will circle at least 5 times before committing to a live flock. Snow geese are not puddle ducks coming into a spread. Where I hunt them in Arkansas they do a little better because the pressure is less but still several circles overhead, that is noisy and exciting to be under. Then no one calls the shot and away they go.

    p.s. so it doesn't sound like I take or waste birds I have a guy that takes them and spreads them among hungry families locally. He tells me he can take all I can get him. He is a hog hunter and does the same with his take.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EdA View Post
    Fred Knez was a good judge without the decoy gimmick which he did not need and eventually abandoned.
    Help me out here a little. How in the world is decoys placed as would be in any hunting situation, and especially RETRIEVER hunt situation a "GIMMICK" when testing the retrieving abilities of a retriever which was bred to hunt ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbell554 View Post
    Thinking about gearing up and chasing some geese in the spring. Our lease in semo allows us to hunt the conservation season also. We are currently looking at white rock decoys to start with. My only concern is that they don't appear to have the backbone support in them like sillo socks or deadly decoys. Is the support a big deal? Or are u just better off not hunting on the extremely calm days? Any help to get us started would be appreciated
    I want to applogize for starting this thread heading "South". The field trial decoy thing with windsocks just popped in my head. This was a serious discussion about Goose decoys and goose hunting. Perhaps another thread on field trials and decoys. One of my groups shot over 225 Geese this year over some nice spreads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Backwater View Post
    Help me out here a little. How in the world is decoys placed as would be in any hunting situation, and especially RETRIEVER hunt situation a "GIMMICK" when testing the retrieving abilities of a retriever which was bred to hunt ?
    Please see post #16. Thanks
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    Thanks jacduck. We are gonna give it a shot. Like everything else I'm just gonna jump in with both feet and experience will pay over time. Wasn't trying to complain about the hijack. We are all dog people on here and I have heard the horror stories of big goose spreads at tests. Fortunately I haven't been playing long enough or ran into "that" judge yet. I can only imagine the confusion it could cause at a trial. Gunners everywhere! Thanks for all the help and hopefully I will have a few success stories to share

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    Play safe and have fun and help control the white goose population. Numbers show the are still way over populating the breeding grounds.
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    Have you ever used a "flasher"...I have used the ones made by Wind Whacker when hunting Canada geese in Idaho and they give my spread just a little better eye appeal especially when there is little breeze..only need one or two and they set up quite easily

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