I GET THIS ONE ALL THE TIME!
It’s 30 days into the season and I’ve managed to harvest my fair share of Specks. People hear of my success and they reach out and ask the million dollar question. “ HOW ARE YOU DOING THIS!?” While I’d like to assume credit for something revolutionary that I’m doing, that is very seldom the scenario! K.I.S.S “Keep It Simple Stupid”…. Over thought decoy spreads tend to lead to a non-functional set up. Start small! One to two dozen speck decoys set up in small family groups with plenty of landing area tends to work well. Specks pick out decoys, especially when it comes to those critical last 40 yards. Give them less to “bug out” on. Make them search for the sound (being the blind). Position the wind in your back if possible and keep the decoys in front of you. Have the specks finish in front of the blind (hopefully eliminating the need for the geese to fly over the blind and find you). While the “less is more” tactic works well for me, in some instances you will need a larger spread. One scenario where a larger spread is useful is when the birds finish outside of shooting range because of a tree line or opposing body of geese across the field. More calling and more decoys will aid you in finishing birds in that scenario. Specks are a different breed of waterfowl. Don’t give up on learning how to consistently harvest them. There is no quick fix or big secret to success. The challenge of hunting these birds is what keeps me chasing them.
The 3 laws of Speck hunting
1-Be under the birds!
2-Concealment is key!
3-Don’t skip out on calling practice!