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End of a Windsock era!

Discussion in 'Snow Goose Hunting Forum' started by G.B. Jack, May 2, 2006.

  1. hannibal

    hannibal Senior Refuge Member

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    Been hunting them hard for probably 10 years in NW Missouri now on a permanent field into water spread and we continue to add FBs and floaters. With that said we have seen the birds really seem to love the SS decoys that we deploy downwind as they have some of the best movement of all of our decoys (white rocks, silosocks, Avery FBS and floaters). We are going to keep our white rocks at the very furthest downwind end of our spread as they stay up and open in zero to 50 mph wind. The silosocks will be set towards the upwind side of the spread beyond the kill hole fbs. The birds really, really love working to them when you have 10-25mph winds.......they wobble and move better than any other decoys hands down. If under 5mph or over 30mph winds they are not as effective IMO. We run about 1600 decoys. Abut 300 Avery FBs and TNTS, 100 floaters (Kill Hole) and will run 400 SSs upwind of kill hole and 800 White Rocks in our downwind strings.

    Good luck this Spring. Can't get here soon enough. Ice fishing for now to fill the void.
     
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  2. rossgoose

    rossgoose Refuge Member

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    And to this day, the hunters predominately using FBs are still killing more. The days this past fall of 500-1000+ were over huge fullbody spreads.
    Socks being finished though? Hardly. Guys are still knocking the snot out of them over socks today as well. The thread definitely is some interesting reading.
     
  3. negooseman

    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    Most spreads, I'd guess 90+%, are a mix of various types of decoys. Hard to say what the birds actually key on when coming to the spread. I do agree that sillosocks give the best "bounce" under a 20ish mph wind.
     

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