The answer is… Do you want to shoot a few here and there or truly hunt specks? With migration patterns changing, nesting birds pushing breeding grounds further east and the population growing every year. More and more hunters are seeking strategies to harvest these birds that are stunning to the eye and delectable on the table. Check out decoys
Sure you will get some early migrators and juvenile birds to come to the call with a standard spread of dark geese. But to consistently decoy this weary bird speck decoys are a must have. Typical with any waterfowl try to mimic what patterns you see live birds doing in the fields. Early season specks migrate in easily identifiable family groups. Two adults with bar marked chest and the rest juvenile gray bellied birds. They are vocal and social, often feeding in larger groups landing as families working into the feeding flock. This decoy pattern is a good place to start and then make adjustments as you see fit for your situation.
If specks are new to you start with a dozen or two of what you can afford in smaller groups, upwind and away from your dark geese. These birds are a naturally weary and will be searching for danger all the way to the ground. How well you can hide will be your best strategy for harvesting more of these trophy birds