I Can’t stress enough that concealment can make or break a hunt. After hunting throughout the country this past season one of the most common issues that I ran into with geese not coming into shooting range was people of all ranges of hunting skills from beginner to experts, was not covering up their hides. Everything from a makeshift stick blind on a river’s edge to flooded rice field checks to dry field hunting. If you are having trouble getting birds to commit and finish take a good hard look at your blind or hide and put the extra time in to be sure that your blind blends into your environment.
If you’re in a dry field like corn try to pick a field with higher cut stocks so you can disappear if that option is not available, go overboard with your concealment and hide in plain sight. However be aware that you may have to take every shot opportunity that presents itself, read the bird’s and figure out if they are going to finish or not.
If in a sunken blind be sure to cover the top hole, there are quite a few ways to do this my favorite though is folding covers that can be pushed over or tops on rollers so there is always a small gap that you can see out of. Cover your blind but also cover yourself, a human face sticking out of a blind looking for birds can be seen from hundreds of yards away in just about any weather conditions.
If you don’t have blinds cover yourself with stubble, grass, tree branches or any other vegetation that is around you. Give yourself extra time to complete this task and your hunting experiences will continue to improve.
Tom Tow – Tioga, North Dakota