HAS ANYBODY TRIED LAY-OUT HUNTING ON OPEN WATER FOR.........

Discussion in 'Diver Hunter Forum' started by CaptMark, Apr 4, 2005.

  1. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    HAS ANYBODY TRIED LAY-OUT HUNTING ON OPEN WATER FOR GEESE ?<br> <br> EARLY SEASON WITH A BUNCH OF FLOATERS AROUND YOU ?<br> <br> SEEMS IT WOULD BE FUN !<br>
     
  2. jmschreck1

    jmschreck1 Active Member

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    <P>Closest I've done is in a float tube surrounded by dekes. That look in their when you drop the t-flag and raise the gun is precious!<IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/rofl.gif" align=absMiddle border=0><IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/rofl.gif" align=absMiddle border=0><IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/biggrin.gif" align=absMiddle border=0></P>
     

  3. MightyLayoutBoy

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    Dear Captain Mark,<br> <br> It works like a charm, especially if a few small rules are followed. <br> <br> First off, hunting a body of water where the geese want to be is paramount. Next, take a supermag goose decoy, cut slits in it like a Goose Chair, and use it to cover up with. <br> <br> Use as many supermag shell decoys as floaters as you can possibly muster. Float them, surrounding their base with polyurethane pipe insulation in 1/2" diameter size, fastening it to the decoy body by drilling 1/4" holes on 12" centers above the insulation, and tie wrap the insulation to the decoy body. <br> <br> Rig an anchor off the bottom of the goose decoy's neck, by drilling a small hole, and inserting a larger china cup hook. <br> <br> Traditional longlining methods work well in the deeper water, because geese are often seen, swimming together in this manner. <br> <br> Of equal importance is flagging and calling. Using a Randy Bartz T flag, set the layout boat in the spread with the supermag decoys nearby. Flag with one hand, call a bit with the other. Competition quality calling is not necessary, as the flagging alone totally gets the bird's attention. <br> <br> When the birds get into range, toss the T flag that you tethered to the layout boat with a bit of decoy line, let go of your call, shift the decoy off of your body, mount the gun, and the rest is history.<br> <br> The birds oftentimes decoy so close, that you have to let them get out aways, before you shoot them. Otherwise, you make a softball sized hole in the bird. <br> <br> As our video illustrates, it is not uncommon to get the geese inside of 10 yards from the boat. <br> <br> Following the above instructions to a T, a layout hunter can decoy geese as easily as he or she can decoy Scaup, even on the best days. <br> <br> Good question, and I assure you, it works.<br> <br> God Bless you and yours, <br> <br> Mark Rongers<br>
     
  4. DeWayne

    DeWayne Active Member Lifetime Supporter

    I can't believe El Capitan, a hardcore diver gunner, is talking about shooting geese from a layout! Could it be he is finally seeing the light?
     
  5. CaptMark

    CaptMark Retired Ohio Waterfowler Staff Member Moderator

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    thanks for replys<br> <br> <br> <br> dewayne,<br> <br> just thought i would go slummin this early goose season <IMG src="http://www.websitetoolbox.com/images/boards/smilies/biggrin.gif" align=absMiddle border=0><br>
     
  6. DUCDUCGoose

    DUCDUCGoose New Member

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    <P>Mark,</P> Read my last post&nbsp;on the field editor page. My son and&nbsp;I had a great shoot on the geese out of the layout the last day of the&nbsp;north zone. We hunted out in Lake Erie. Geese came in on a string!&nbsp;We had a mix of geese, puddle and diver decoys. We put the geese nearest the layout using them as the hook end of the pocket. Give it a try, it's a blast!<br> <br> Larry<br>
     
  7. madgoosr

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    <P>Why are the supermag shells the thing to use? Why not say Bigfoot floaters? Do they have a different effect? Just curious. We have wanted to try it, but have never done it. This year for sure, since we'll have 2 layouts to use.</P>
     
  8. DeWayne

    DeWayne Active Member Lifetime Supporter

    <P>Captain Mark...SLUMMING!&nbsp; HA!&nbsp; You notice everyone says you have to hide and scout for a good location.&nbsp; That is because geese are SMART!&nbsp; unlike divers...</P>
     
  9. DeWayne

    DeWayne Active Member Lifetime Supporter

    <P>Thanks for getting my back Dags!!!!</P>