3 Killer Decoy Spreads for Snow Geese

Here are 3 KILLER Decoy spreads for snow geese you can use to bag more snow geese this year. Each of these decoy spreads for snow geese are clearly illustrated so you can exactly replicate them to pull in those snow goose tornados.  Now let’s take a look these 3 examples of decoy spreads for snow geese.

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Decoy Spreads for Snow Geese #1

decoy spreads for snow geese
decoy spreads for snow geese


 “Show Stopper” Decoy Spreads for Snow Geese:

  • Works well hunting large water and flooded fields
  • Utilize floating and field decoys
  • Decoys along shoreline facing away from water
  • Supports multiple hunters


Works well hunting large water and flooded fields

This example of decoy spreads for snow geese works particularly well when hunting large bodies of water, ponds and flooded sections of fields.  It is a great way to utilize a combination of both the water and land and bag a lot of snow geese because snow geese will look for open water when migrating or when looking for a resting spot.


Utilize Floating and Field Decoys

Since this snow goose hunting spread works for water and field you will want to use both floating and field decoys to make up the spread.  The first part of the spread consists of several decoys in the water.  The type of decoy that you use will depend on how deep the water is.  Deep water will call for floating goose decoys while water that is a foot or so deep could allow for the use use of full body snow goose decoys or even windsock snow goose decoys.


The decoys that you utilize outside of the water can be any type including full body, silhouette, windsock and shell decoys.  Adding to the level of realism with this spread can be done by incorporating some sleeping shell decoys near the shoreline as this is a common resting area for snow geese.  Simply place the shell decoys facing several different areas in a few different sleeping groups and you will be set.


Decoys Along Shoreline Facing Away From Water

Another tip you can implement is facing the decoys that are on the shoreline into the field.  Snow geese are incredibly aggressive birds and they want to be right where the feed is going on.  By facing the snow goose decoys on the shoreline to the land it will create a look like they are heading to feed.  This can in turn drive the approaching snow geese to head further upwind of the shoreline for landing and that will play in perfectly with the position of your hunting blind.


Supports Multiple Hunters

One more benefit of this example of decoy spreads for snow geese is that it will support multiple hunters.  Regardless if you are using layout blinds or a pit blind you will have the ability to conceal yourself well and keep out of the sight of approaching snow geese by using your surroundings.


As you begin to setup this spread make sure you step back and really examine the area you are hunting and what there is around for concealment.  In basically any field or shoreline there are going to be some areas that have heavier concealment opportunities compared to the rest.  For example, there will be areas where the vegetation is higher than other places or a lower spot where blinds could easily blend in.  Regardless of what it is, make sure you find those natural areas and use them to stay out of sight of the wary snow geese.



Decoy Spreads for Snow Geese & Specklebelly Geese #2

decoy spreads for snow geese
decoy spreads for snow geese


“Grey & White” decoy spreads for snow geese & Specklebelly geese Summary:

  • Make pods of 6-10 decoys
  • Snow geese & Specklebelly geese often group together
  • Ensure proper concealment as snow geese & Specklebelly geese are wary birds
  • Increase spread size as season continues



The first thing to note on this example of decoy spreads for snow geese & Specklebelly is that there are a few different pods of 6-10 decoys.  This is important as Specklebelly geese often form these types of family groups when in nature.  You always want to try and replicate what you are seeing the geese do in your area so pay attention to them and do your best to recreate the look.


Try placing these pods of 6-10 geese about 10-15 yards apart so that the approaching geese have plenty of room to land as they come into your decoy spread.  However, you also want to pay attention to how far away the decoys are from your hunting location.  Most shotguns have an effective range of around 40 yards or so which means that you want to ensure that your indented landing zones are within the 40-yard range for best shooting.



Another important tip for hunting snow geese is that they often congregate with Specklebelly.  In the above goose decoy spread you can see that we have a lot of snow snow geese mixed in with the speck decoys.  This is a pretty easy tactic but you can elect to either disperse them evenly together throughout the decoy spread or you can put some concentrated areas of specks and snows throughout the field.  Either way can be effective so give both a try and see what works best for you and your area.



Snow geese are some of the most wary waterfowl that you can hunt so concealment is extremely important when you plan your specklebelly goose decoy spreads.  You should always analyze the area you are going to be hunting before you ever put out the first decoy.  For example, if you are going to be field hunting you may elect to hunt from the side of the field where you can place your blinds inside of taller grass that may line the field.  There are also times where within the field some of the crops were not as clear cut so those taller vegetation areas can be a perfect place to set your blinds.



As the season progresses the size of the flocks of specklebelly geese will grow as they begin to join up with other specks.  Also, they may join up with snow geese as well so it is important to increase the size of your spread to match the season.  Early season there are smaller flocks so you may have success with decoy spread sizes of just a few dozen decoys but as the season progresses you may want to look at 10 dozen or more decoys if you have access to them.


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Decoy Spreads for Snow Geese #3

decoy spreads for snow geese
decoy spreads for snow geese


 “Small Spread” Decoy Spread for Snow Geese Summary:

  • Find the exact spot where the snow geese are feeding
  • Spread your downwind decoys out
  • Use an electronic caller to grab attention
  • Windsock decoys and flyer decoys


Find The Exact Spot Where Snow Geese Are Feeding

With snow goose hunting the single largest factor in having a successful hunt, regardless of decoy spread size, is the location you are hunting. Once snow geese are in their migration you are going to have to work hard to scout them out and find their feeding spots.  In a single day snow geese can migrate an incredible amount of distance so hunting conditions change drastically in just a day or two.


For example, you may find a field plump full of snow geese when you are out looking around during the week but when the weekend comes around they may have moved already.  This is why spending time scouting is so important.  Let’s face it, if you are not where the snow geese are the size of your decoy spread will not really matter.


To have a successful snow goose hunting with small spreads you really need to spend a lot of time driving around and finding those fields where snow geese are feeding.  However, if you cannot get permission to hunt the exact field they are feeding in you should at least attempt to be in the path from their water source to the field they have been feeding in.  That way as they fly from the water to the field you will be in their direct flight path and have a better chance of pulling them in.


Spread Your Downwind Decoys Out

When you are hunting snow geese with a small decoy spread you want to attempt to make your decoy spread look as large as possible by spreading out your downwind decoys.  For hunters who are using hundreds or even thousands of decoys they have plenty of decoys to put in some tight groups as well as some groups that are more spread out.  For those situations decoy spacing of 3-6 feet can work really well.


However, if you are hunting with a smaller spread like 50-200 decoys you can try farther spacing like 7-9 feet or sometimes even slightly more.  This farther spacing can let your decoy spread cover a larger area creating a more visible spread to any nearby snow geese.


One thing to mention though, is that you should have a higher concentration of decoys near the blinds as the feeding area.  By having a few more decoys packed closer around the blinds it will help conceal the blinds from the snow geese.  In addition, this higher concentration of decoys will give the appearance of the feeding area so as the snow geese approach they will want to land there to be where the feeding is taking place.


Windsock Decoys and Flyer Decoys 

One more consideration when hunting over small snow goose decoy spreads is the type of decoys you elect to use.  Windsock decoys are a great choice for this type of hunting as they provide good eye catching movement in the wind.  Additionally, a few flyer decoys or even some flagging with a goose flag can work well.  Basically any way that you can add some realistic movement to your small snow goose decoy spread will help it stand out and grab the attention of snow geese, even with the smaller number of decoys


Use An Electronic Caller 

This may be an obvious statement but it can be quite beneficial to add an electronic snow goose eCaller to your hunt in order to add a level of realism to the satiation.  Snow goose ecallers are a great investment in catching the attention of nearby snow geese and making the decoy spread feel more realistic to the approaching snow geese as not only do they see the decoys but they also hear the sounds of snow geese, just like they would with a real flock.


Try and pick out some tracks that match the size of your decoy spread.  What I mean is if you are hunting over 100 decoys then you should pick out a snow goose ecaller soundtrack that matches the sound of a smaller flock.  Having a soundtrack of thousands of feeding snow geese would be unnatural and it could cause approaching snow geese to flare off your decoy spread


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