Do you want to hunt ducks or geese in the snow but need to find a way to conceal yourself? One of the most important parts of having success waterfowl hunting is staying hidden for the sight of ducks and geese or they will flare off before you ever get a chance to shoot them. Here I have compiled 10 ways to hide when hunting in the snow.
10 WAYS TO HIDE WHEN HUNTING IN THE SNOW
1) WHITE TYVEK SUIT
This option is very inexpensive. What you can do is buy a white Tyvek suit like this one I found on Amazon and put it on over your regular camo clothes that you use for hunting. The one tip is to be sure to get a larger size than what you usually wear to allow room for your warm hunting clothes underneath. In addition to finding these online, you can also find these at local paint stores.
These Tyvek suites actually look like something a person would wear in a science lab but they can be very effective for waterfowl hunting in the snow as well. Best of all you can usually get them for $10 or less so even though they might not last for many years of hunting it is extremely inexpensive to replace them.
A benefit of going with this method is that you can lay in your decoys near the landing zone and create some extremely close shooting opportunities. This is great when you are hunting in a spot where it is difficult to hide the bump of a layout blind as this will be a significantly lower the profile look compared to layout blinds.
2) WHITE CAMO NETTING
Another idea to consider when trying to conceal yourself in the snow is to purchase some white camo netting. You are probably familiar with the standard green camo netting that many hunters use for duck blinds or even for turkey hunting. However, many people are not aware that you can find white camo netting as well.
The great thing about white camo netting is that it could be used in two ways. First, you could use it to drape over your layout blind and the second is that you could use it to wrap over yourself and simply lay on the ground without a blind for concealment. Here is the link to one option I found on Amazon with this white camo netting in a wide range of sizes.
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3) CHEAP WHITE BED SHEETS
If you happen to have some old white bed sheets laying around the house you could grab those and use them to either cover your layout blind or lay under them while in a field. If you do not have any extra sheets at home they can be purchased cheaply at places like Walmart or even dollar stores for usually around $10.
Now some hunters feel that white bed sheets can have somewhat of a bluish shine to them if they get wet and feel it might impact their effectiveness.
To reduce the chances of this happening you can simply dirty them up a little bit in advance to help reduce any of this blue tint. Having said that there are also many hunters who swear by this white bed sheet method and say they have never had any bluish shine or any issues with birds flaring when using this method.
4) WHITE TYVEK ROLLS
Similar to bed sheets you can also use Tyvek rolls to cover up your layout blind or to simply cover while on the ground. Tyvek is a plastic material that almost seems ½ plastic and ½ fabric. These white Tyvek rolls can often be found at local paint stores, eBay and Amazon and will likely be around $10 – $20 for a roll that will work for one person or one layout blind.
5) CANVAS PAINTERS DROP CLOTH
If you want an option that will likely last longer than some of the Tyvek options than consider going with a canvas painters drop cloth. Again, these can often be found at paint stores and even home repair retailers such as Home Depot or Menards.
Now these canvas painters drop cloths might also run more than the Tyvek rolls but they will still not set you back terribly as they will likely be around $30 or so for a size that will work to cover you up.
6) CANNED SNOW SPRAY
When you have a layout blind that you are willing to setup for long term winter hunting than you can also consider going with some canned snow spray. Specifically, what I am talking about is the snow spray that many people use on Christmas trees and other winter decorations to make them look like they have snow on them.
This canned snow spray usually comes in 12 or 16 ounce size cans like this for around $8 per can. You would simply apply this all over your existing layout blind until you get a good covering.
However, the downside of canned snow spray is sometimes it might take a few cans to get the job done and that it is a little more permanent option compared to some other methods. But if you really want to get the spray off you can scrub your blind after the winter hunt and you should be able to get most of it off to prep it for the next year before snow falls.
7) BUY A LAYOUT BLIND COVER
One of the easiest ways to cover up in the snow is to buy a white layout blind cover. However, this is also going to be the most expensive way to cover up. Many layout blind manufacturers make a white cover for hunting in the snow and these covers often vary from about $70 to $150.
These are designed to simply zip over the top of your existing layout blind and they help blend in with snow and many versions have loops for incorporating natural cover such as grass or corn stalks. If you are looking for the fastest and easiest cover and are not concerned about cost this could be your ticket. Here is one option to checkout that fits many blinds.
8) WHITE SWEATSHIRTS & SWEATPANTS
Amongst the easiest options to hunting in the snow is to simply buy white sweatshirts and lay in the field. Sure you can buy a branded sweatshirt that is designed specifically for something like snow goose hunting but you will probably pay a premium just for the logo. Simply try and find a generic brand sweatshirt and you should be able to get it for around $10.
Then you can also buy white sweatpants to go over your warm clothes or simply pull some snow over your warm pants to cover up as best as possible. For a headrest you can use something as simple as your blind bag to help keep your vision towards the approaching waterfowl and to put some ease on your neck.
9) WHITE SHOWER CURTAIN
White shower curtains can easily be found at local dollar stores, Walmart, and home supply centers like Home Depot. If you get a basic design they should be very inexpensive but you could also consider getting a heavier duty shower curtain which could then hold up to a few more hunting trips.
One tip to implement if you are using a plastic white shower curtain or any of the other above mentioned plastic or Tyvek options is getting the item a little dirty first. What I mean is simply taking some snow and or dirt and rubbing it over most of the surface first just to help it blend in with the surroundings better than a pure white area in a field of snow and dirt.
10) THE NATURAL COVER
The final recommendation that I have to be concealed from ducks and geese in winter and snow conditions is to use the natural coverings of your hunting spot. What I mean is that many fields or shorelines will have some type of taller grass or vegetation that you could hide in rather than being out in the open.
For example, the side of the field you are hunting might have some tall grass that you can sit in and then place your decoy spread out in front of you about 20 yards in the snowy field. This way the direct sight of the approaching ducks or geese is taken off you and directed towards the decoys. In most cases using the natural covering is the most effective way to be sure you are not spotted by wary waterfowl.