American Hunter - December 2012 - 51

Mfour-22
Pistol, MSRP - $469. Get

paint, they can match any cover you want.
If you keep a stash of different-colored
material, you'll never be unprepared.
Hunting from low-profile blinds, or
simply lying on the ground dressed in the
properly colored ghillie or leaf-o-flage suit,
can also make a huge difference. Simply
put, the higher off the ground you are,
the more you're going to stand out. For
low profiles, Final Approach's X-Land'r,
Avery's PowerHunter and Sillosock
Decoy's Back Pack Ghillie blinds are excellent choices. This year Hardcore Brands
has come out with the super-low-profile
Run 'N Gunner blind that really lets you
hide in short cover. To further reduce the
height of your blinds, dig shallow holes
whenever a farmer gives you permission.

If They're Flaring, Fix the Problem

When geese and ducks flare, they're seeing
you or something glaringly wrong. And
if one flock spooks, others will too, so
don't expect your luck to change by itself.
Get out of your blind right away and try
to figure out what they're seeing on their
approach. Maybe some decoys have blown
over. Spent shells might be shining. More
likely, though, your blinds aren't hidden
well enough or someone's face or gun is
shining. It sounds obvious, but if you can
spot your blinds, so will the birds.
If you and your buddies are spread out,
try setting blinds tight against each other,
then piling on lots of vegetation to fill in
shadow-forming gaps, which will get rid of
the geometric layout-blind look and limit
where in the spread birds might spot you.
In one wheat field last year that tactic saved
the morning. When hunting with lots of
guys, take turns rotating in and out of
fewer blinds. Or rearrange decoys around
each blind to break up their outlines and
shadows. If it's windy, try stacking more
decoys immediately downwind of the

the attention of those around
you! Small enough to fit in
your hand - wild enough to
draw a crowd. Good luck
getting a turn of your own.

Using any cover, especially if it's in the
birds' flight path, is better than setting
up in no cover even amid the decoys.

blinds; birds approaching from downwind
will be lower to the ground, and the extra
decoys will obscure their view.
But sometimes there's simply not
enough cover, and nothing you do out in
the field will work. Before the flight ends,
your best bet for salvaging a hunt might
be to pick up and move your rig wherever
there is sufficient cover. At some point
you'll have nothing to lose.

Take Attention Off You

Using decoys to hide blinds can backfire
when you place so many around the
blinds they form a dark line that's significantly denser than the rest of the spread.
Not only will that dark area attract the
birds' attention, and hence to your blinds,
by mid-season they'll have seen similar
setups enough times to know to avoid
them. Sometimes simply trying to hide
won't suffice; you have to intentionally get
birds to look away from your blinds.
If you have enough cover, try hiding
completely out of the decoys. The birds
will then be focused entirely away from
you. This setup is particularly effective on
calm days when the birds can come in
high from any direction and really study
your spread. It also means you've got to
call less, letting the decoys do most of the
work when birds are in close.
Setting your spread so the birds land
crosswind to you is another way to ensure
they are facing away from the blind. So
is using as few decoys as possible to hide
blinds, then concentrating the majority of
your spread farther away to form a black
blob of decoys that says "here's the feed." It's
particularly effective when you need to be
out in a field but there's not a lot of cover.

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