resident Canada Goose Hunting dry field planted in winter wheat

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  1. InertiaDriven71

    InertiaDriven71 New Member

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    We have access to a corn field that we were going to consider hunting dry for Canada geese. We found out recently that the farmer may work the ground and plant winter wheat (probably October), which would result in 2-3" tall wheat in the field during the latter part of goose season.

    With the exception of the obvious, that layout blinds would be harder to conceal in small wheat than in corn stubble.... Does working up the ground and having wheat out there hurt our chances of attracting geese compared to a harvested corn field?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. gold10

    gold10 Senior Refuge Member

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    Around here fields with wheat double cropped over corn are usually productive all season. Some of our better seasons have been over those fields. It makes hiding tough but it should attract birds.
     
  3. mpkowal

    mpkowal Elite Refuge Member

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    What he said.Watch the birds see if you can hunt an edge. Depending on the cover you might be able to use layouts or Aframe type blinds.
     
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  4. goosegunner1217

    goosegunner1217 New Member

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    Around here the geese love those fields on the days that are warmer than normal for fall and early Dec. Cold snaps not so much, then it is corn stubble time.
     
  5. Lastflight

    Lastflight Senior Refuge Member

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    That has been exactly my experience. And it can change, day to day.
     
  6. negooseman

    negooseman Elite Refuge Member

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    Buy some winter wheat raffia grass and stubble your layouts to match the wheat rows. Big bonus if the farmer leaves a lot of the corn stubble in and doesn’t disc it in too much.
     
  7. bang you'r dead

    bang you'r dead Canada Forum Mod. Eh! Moderator

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    ..or get regular rafia and spray paint it to match the green of the winter wheat. I hunted an alfalfa field today, and just used green grass from the ditch for the blind, and it worked great. Geese came right in without any hesitation.
     
  8. salthunter

    salthunter Moderator Moderator

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    Lots of depends

    How much fodder will be on top
    How well do you know the farmer
    How often will you hunt the field

    New wheat like a finished bean field can be tough
    If possible can you put out clean straw
    Dig a pit or leave your blinds in the field
    Realize thin short 2-3 wheat does not offer a hide

    Mud your blinds and dry them , then spray with water during the hunt

    Do not go more than double the field coverage of the winter wheat with raffia and maybe mud that too

    Depending on the field work you should collect corn fodder earlier to use

    When I hunted such open fields big numbers of decoys helps the hide

    Generally this will become all about the hide

    My opening week hunt is generally in a short cut harvested winter wheat
    I make piles of straw days to weeks before the hunt then place blinds in the straw
    Years back I had a pasture the grass was 1/2 inch tall from sheep cattle and geese
    After a few days the geese were fine wth the blind then we shot them up

    Some field I use to hunt layout blind prep took longer than the rest of the hunt
     

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