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As a hunter living in the Canada goose rich Midwest, I know the frustration of watching specks fail to fully commit and finish all too well. The game we play “up here” in corn country is very different than our lucky brothers to the south and west. We rarely get the luxury of hunting sheet water, and the only rice we see is when our women folk drag us out to one of those fancy sushi joints from time to time.
Like most folks in my home region, I tried everything when the specks first started showing up here a decade ago. I learned to run a speck call. I bought some speck decoys. I even killed a few birds here and there, but specks were still more of a bonus that an expected result.
As time has went on I finally started putting things together. It wasn’t the little things that I had been missing, but rather an understanding of the big picture from a bar-bellies point of view. What was I doing differently than my speck smashing friends that live in places like Mississippi, Arkansas, or California? I’ll give you a hint, it involved shooting very large birds with black feet…
So since opening day of the second split the specklebellies have been really weary. We would watch them pass over us and go right into the next feild over to rice stubble. They wouldn’t look at our open water field so we tried a different setup putting them in groups of 3-4 and put a few callers close to blind with no success. The birds wouldn’t even react to the call. Feeling frustrated after watching them for long enough I decided to figure out a way to kill them. Continue Reading
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.
There are obvious pros and cons for hunting both land and water, but as a guide I prefer chasing specks over water. First and foremost, where we hunt in West Texas the hides generally prove to be far better as there is a lot of winter wheat and many peanut fields that the birds generally feed in. If you can’t hide well when it comes to chasing these wary birds, your hunt was over before it even started and you’re sure to hear the loud buzzing of wings as approaching birds spot you and your crew. Secondly, when hunting water Continue Reading