Many people getting into goose hunting can become overwhelmed and confused with the wide variety of decoys that you can chose from. I had the exact same feelings when I first started goose hunting so please know that it is completely normal. One of the decoys that I found interesting to explore was silhouette decoys. They seemed like a great low cost option but the real question was how do I use silhouette decoys for goose hunting?
Example of Goose Hunting With Silhouettes:
Goose Hunting With Silhouettes: How to Goose Hunt With Silhouette Decoys
- Face the Decoys in Multiple Direction
- Use decoys to conceal your blind
- Avoid shine/Glare
- Taking care of your decoys
Face the Decoys in Multiple Directions
The single biggest factor in effectively effectively goose hunting with silhouette decoys is the facing of your decoys. Silhouette decoys are two dimensional decoys, just like a yard election sign. If you think of looking at a yard sign as you face directly at the sign you can clearly read the message on the sign. However, if you are standing to the side you cannot read the message and if you are directly to the side you really cannot see the sign much at all because it is a thin board.
This is the exact same concept when goose hunting with silhouette decoys. As geese approach your decoys, they can see the decoys that are faced in their direction. However, if the geese approach from the side it will be difficult, if not impossible for them to see the decoy. This is why you will need to stagger how your decoys are placed.
In the above decoy diagram I illustrate how to stagger your decoys. Honestly, the concept is pretty simple once you understand that you simply need to face the silhouette decoys in several different directions. What I like to do is place one decoy in the ground and then place the next decoy 5-8 feet at a 45 degree different angle from the first decoy. This way I do not end up with all decoys facing north/south and east/west.
Once you have placed all of your goose silhouette decoys in the field you should take a step back to get to the outside of your decoy spread. Then take a look at your decoys and see if there are any areas with a lot of decoys all facing one direction. If so just go to that section and adjust a few of the decoys. I would also recommend walking all of the way around your decoy spread to see how your decoys will appear regardless of the direction that the geese come from and then adjust more as necessary.
Use the Decoys to Conceal Your Blind
As you may know, having excellent coverage for your hunting blind is a critical factor in having goose hunting success. The deal is if the geese can see your blind then they are going to flare off your decoy spread and you will never get a good opportunity to shoot them. The great thing with silhouette decoys is they provide a way to add a level of concealment to your blind.
Since silhouette decoys are flat they can really make a good blocker of sight when placed right in front of a blind. Anytime I am hunting with silhouettes I like to place one of the silhouette decoys right at the feet of my layout blind so when the geese approach in front their view of my blind is obstructed.
In addition to placing one decoy in front of my blind I like to place a few more of the silhouette decoys around the sides of my layout blind. That way when the geese circle the spread the layout blind will have some additional coverage regardless of the angle they are looking at my bind.
Depending on the type of silhouette decoy you buy or if you elect to make your own silhouette decoys you do need to pay attention shine and glare. Most silhouette decoys are made out of corrugated plastic which in itself can allow some reflection of the sun off the plastic and back to the geese. This shine will be unnatural and will likely flare away geese.
The good news is many silhouette decoy manufactures have taken precautions to avoid glare by either using a matte painting process and some have even put flocking on the decoys to avoid shine. I do know of at least one type that puts the flocking on just one side of the decoy so you should be sure to place the side of the decoy that has flocking facing the sun so that it will reduce any glare.
Taking Care of Your Silhouette Decoys
One more factor in goose hunting with silhouettes is protecting and storing your silhouette decoys. One of the best things about silhouette goose decoys is that they are flat in design so you can stack several dozen of them on top of each other and store them in a small space. They also allow you to transport a whole bunch of them in a smaller section of your truck or if you only have a car they are an excellent decoy option because you can still put several dozen in the trunk.
For transporting them I would recommend getting some type of silhouette decoy bag to transport and store them. The design of silhouette decoy bags does vary where some are bottom loading with a locking mechanism and others are top loading design. One good option is the DecoyPro silhouette decoy bag as it is designed to hold 4 dozen or more decoys and securely locks your decoys inside. You can check out the DecoyPro silhouette decoy bag here.
Final Thoughts: Goose Hunting With Silhouettes: How to Goose Hunt With Silhouette Decoys
In my opinion, silhouette decoys are an incredible option for may goose hunters. Goose hunting with silhouettes can help hunters on a budget still be able to afford a good size decoy spread. In addition, silhouette decoys are easy to store and transport which is a great benefit compared to bulky full body goose decoys. Simply remember that you should place the silhouette decoys facing several different directions so that approaching geese can see some decoys regardless of the direction they approach your decoy spread from. I also recommend using some of the decoys around your hunting blind to help keep you concealed. With all of the tips in this article you should be off to a good start in using silhouette decoys for goose hunting. I wish you the best on your goose hunts!