If you haven’t hunted Canada geese with windsock decoys you might be wondering if windsock decoys work for Canada geese.
Here I’ll share some observations I have made that you might find helpful.
First, if you are not familiar with windsock decoys here is a quick explanation on what they are.
Basically, windsock decoys are a decoy with a body made out of a fabric like material.
The material most often used is called “Tyvek”.
Some versions have a head on the decoy but not all versions.
These decoys also have a stake that is used to keep them in the ground.
Sometimes the stake is made out of fiberglass, sometimes wood or other materials.
Here is a picture of a windsock to help you understand a little better.
The basic concept of windsock decoys is that the opening around the neck area allows wind to enter the decoy body which makes the body look full, similar to a full body decoy.
Wind also provides movement because the the body will move back and forth as the wind changes direction. This motion can be incredibly effective to grab the attention of nearby geese.
Most commonly windsock decoys are used for snow geese because snow geese are very aggressive feeders and feed in fields with flock sizes in the thousands.
So using a lot of motion provided by windsock decoys can really make a snow goose decoy spread come to life.
However, will the same concept work for Canada geese?
Let me share here some positives and negatives of using windsock decoys for Canada geese.
- The motion can help grab the attention of nearby geese
- Windsock decoys are usually more cost effective compared to full body decoys
- Dozens can easily be carried to the field in a decoy bag
- Storage space is significantly less than full body decoys
- Versions with collapsible backbones make storage and transport extremely easy
- Models with a “3D” head are incredibly lifelike
- Too much movement in a Canada goose decoy spread might flare off geese
- Not all versions have a collapsible backbone so storage can be a little challenging
- Fabric material can tear if you do not care for your decoys
- Some models do not have drain holes in the bottom which can lead to water collecting and reduce movement or damage the decoy
- The fabric can sometimes rub on corn stubble and damage the decoy body
- Windsock decoys can get dirty so occasional cleaning may be necessary
Now I will share with you that I personally have had success hunting Canada geese over windsock decoys but here a few specific things I do:
First, I do not use Canada goose windsock decoys on extremely windy days.
I believe that some movement is good for Canada geese but I also believe that too much movement in a decoy spread can actually flare off Canada geese.
Next, I use a mix of styles of decoys when using windsock decoys.
In most cases I use up to 20% Canada goose windsocks and the rest are other decoy styles.
Also, I do my best to keep my windsock decoys looking good by trying to keep the bodies off of the ground.
Particularly when the ground is muddy I make sure they stay clean so they look good for approaching geese.
In addition, anytime I hunt Canada geese, I pay particular attention to my decoy spread.
Click here to see one particular decoy spread that I often like to use for Canada geese.
I hope that you have found this information useful and I hope that you get a chance to try windsock decoys sometime for Canada geese.
When you do feel free to message me and let me know how it worked for you.
Even some pictures from your hunt would be great!
P.S. The you can checkout the windsock decoys I tried by clicking here.
Also, you can get access to more goose decoy spreads by clicking here.
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