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Staying out of the feeding field

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At this year's Game Fair, Tim Peterson gave an excellent seminar on snow goose hunting. Tim is the inventor of the Goose Magnet hovering decoy. However, he suggested a real different tactic. Talk about thinking "out of the box." He suggested that snow goose hunters change their usual tactic of getting permission to hunt in the field where all the geese are feeding in the evening. Instead, he suggested getting permission to hunt that land and then telling the farmer that you are not going to hunt it. Then ask the farmer to keep anyone else out of it. Then get permission to hunt about a mile closer to the refuge or roost pond than the field where the birds are feeding. Tim said that sooner or later the geese that are feeding in that big field will come your way in smaller groups. His reasoning was that if you blow out the first flock that comes in, all the trailing flocks will follow that first one and you won't get any shooting.

I have also heard advice to set up one mile farther out because the flock often flies further out the next morning rather than returning to the exact field they were in the night before.

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After hunting several years in Sask. I'd have to say we always set up in the feeding field if possible. We've always had luck with scouting the night before a morning shoot with where to set up in the morning. Chris is right however, in that you just never know. Last year we did exactly what I said above and shot 80+ geese the 1st two mornings. The third morning we did the same again and got only 10. They just had something else on their mind that day for feeding.

You guys do have me thinking though. I might have to try the in=between roost and feeding field senerio this year.
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