How to Setup Canada Goose Decoys

Ever wondered what the best ways are to setup Canada goose decoy spreads?


Well this post is perfect for you as I will show you one of the most popular ways to set up your Canada goose decoys.  This strategy works particularly well for field hunting Canada geese.


One of the first things to remember when hunting Canada geese is that they like to land into the wind.  This is because they like to use the natural lift of the wind to help them make a gentle landing.  Think of this like flying a kite.  When you fly a kite you allow the wind to create lift on the kite and to keep it floating above.  When you want the kite to land you can slowly walk with the wind and allow the kite to make a gentle landing.


However, if the kite gets turned around and goes with the wind the kite will make a quick path to the ground and crash.  This is essentially the same thing with geese.  Geese use the natural lift of of the wind to allow them to land gently.


This particular Canada goose spread diagram that I show you below I like to call the “Undertaker” as you place the decoys in the shape of a “U”.  The “U” shape is by far one of the most common ways to setup Canada goose decoy spreads because the opening of the “U” leaves a landing zone for the approaching geese to land in.  Make sure that you face the opening of the “U” with the direction that the wind is blowing.  This way as the geese approach, they will have the opening right in front of them.


how to setup canada goose decoys


Another benefit of this field goose decoy spread is that it can support a varying amount of hunters.  This example shows just one hunter but if you add more hunters you simply add more decoys to the base area of the spread near the layout blinds.


It is important to keep the number of decoys in your spread in consideration when adding more hunters.  This is because you need to ensure that each layout blind is concealed well.  For example, if you added another hunter to this exact setup but did not add more decoys there is a good chance that there would not be enough covering to conceal the blinds.  This would result in the approaching geese being more likely to spot you and fly away before you ever get a chance to fire a shot.


Benefits of the “Undertaker” Goose Decoy Diagram:

  • Easy goose decoy setup to learn for beginners
  • Good when wind direction is consistent
  • Can be used with one or multiple hunters depending on number of decoys
  • Direct shooting opportunities
  • Large landing zone
  • Can be setup with as few as 12-18 decoys depending on cover and time of year


Final thoughts on Canada Goose Decoy Spreads:  The “U” shape is a great spread for beginning goose hunters or for goose hunters struggling for success.  It is a simple spread to remember and all you need to do is point the opening of the “U” with the direction that the wind is blowing.  Remember to factor in wind direction with every spread you use.  Waterfowl like to land into the wind so regardless of how you place your decoys you should have a good idea on how the waterfowl will approach your spread.


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