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Regards to hunting fields. Do you feel full body decoys is more effective than silhouette’s? Also, when making silhouettes, how important is it to add details such as painting feathers? Thanks in advance.
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My opinion is silhouettes can be very effective because as the geese circle, the changing view actually looks like movement from the air.
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Unless you have access to a field, you'll likely need to carry your gear to a spot. It may be public land or whatever, but carrying a few dozen full bodies is a PITA.
I've got 6 doz. Divebomb silos that have worked for me so far and they can all be carried by one person, or pulled on a cart. I've also tried making them. Also a royal PITA unless you have the time, but detail isn't necessary. Some guys use black and whites (I've got 4 or 5 doz. black and white silo socks I don't use anymore) with no detail. They work well to bring birds in from a long way away, creating that "black hole" effect.
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I believe both are needed as much as the other , and one is as important as the other . Different look as stated as they circle the spread it does show movement
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A mix of the 2, plus shells and moveable ones will do you best!
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This is an absolute no brainer.
I used to be a FB guy. Then I went on a guided hunt over in Chestertown with some family. Guy had about eight dozen silo's. Literal plywood painted brown with some white on the tail and face. Geese POURED into that field. Silo's absolutely work, and I got rid over all my big dekes and got silo's. I use divebombs. They're SO cheap, and they have a great stake. No shine and they hold up very well so far. They will put Real Geese out of business, no doubt.
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If I was going to put together a rig for dark geese... it would be black and white plywood silos and a lot of them.
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Both work great I personally like silos easy to store and faster to put out plus I think they work great late season as long as the ground isn't frozen. I've got the rig that puts a hole in the ground when frozen but it's a pain that's when full bodies are good
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I use mixture of V-board, full bodies and Silo's. Some of the full bodies are motion. We use 2-4 doz full bodies. 20-50 sets v-boards and couple doz real geese silos. V-boards and Silo's are great to add numbers to spread. Number depend on location and flock sizes for the area.
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Silos absolutely work as good, you just need about 1.5 the number as full bodies to fill your spot. They work better when its snowing also, but the down side is when its frozen like now. Then we use shells.
I made these 10 years ago. This pic only shows two body styles and I made 4. Made is Corrugated Plastic (signs) Themplate cut to fit the silo bags. I stack each style together to prevent them from getting all bent up and destroyed.
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I bought 3 1/2 dozen "Big Al" goose silos a few weeks ago for a total of $228 with free shipping. For me, silos are a good fit because I don't have storage for a big full body spread, plus they're so much easier to carry to the blind.
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We are seriously considering selling all our big feet and motion decoys and getting more silos- they absolutely work and can b used alone
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sold my full body rig except a dozen to cover my blinds with and got an equal amount of silos. Just like fishing lures, we like the look of the full bodies more than our prey in my opinion.
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bigdogeder sold my full body rig except a dozen to cover my blinds with and got an equal amount of silos. Just like fishing lures, we like the look of the full bodies more than our prey in my opinion. Hunters tend to over analyze everything we do. from decoys to camo and the view of our prey. We tend to think, they think, and see just as we do and need to step back and think what is actually needed, not what we assume. I remember looking at a boat blind I had years back and thought the raffia looked terrible out on the water hunting it. Went out with the dog after birds and from 50 yards, it looked perfect. We just need to learn the proper perspective. We stack the silos right up against the blinds. A silo as the back and front of each blind and two on the sides of the end ones. Besides adding very good cover to the blinds it really blends the blinds into the spread by helping to hide their height when they get lower.