A small “Salt and Pepper” spread can equal big results on early season birds. As the first waves of birds start to push into the area I like to run a small spread of a mix of Speck, Snow and Canada decoys about 12 dozen good looking decoys works well. When setting the spread I just put them out as we grab them out of the trailer with no real separation as to Snows in one spot or Specks in one spot. I also like spread them out a lot and like to put them in small feeding groups and leave plenty of room for incoming birds to pick and choose where they would like to land.
Try to position you blinds so the birds are landing at your feet, I know sometimes with the cover availability that isn’t always and option. I would rather have a good hide rather than always have the birds at our feet so sometimes that means setting up for passing shots. We have even had instances because of wind direction and cover options and we have put the spread behind our heads and positioned the blinds in a good hide 15 yards down wind of the spread and had great success. The 2 main keys I can’t stress enough are have a good hide and brush those blinds in so they disappear and once you think you have enough cover, go add more. The second is be flexible you don’t always have to follow the “traditional “ route. If things are not working whats the harm in trying something different.
Cody Nickels Langdon, KS