Western Hunting Journal, Premiere Issue whj001_premiere - Page 79

This well hidden blind accomplishes everything a goose hunter needs. It has a low profile, it’s well hidden and there are no shadows. how the blinds are angled to give shooters a wider shooting angle. The ideal cover would be roughly the same height as the blinds (roughly 18 inches). The row of cover doesn’t have to be as wide as the blinds are long, but that is ideal. You re- ally want to avoid a spot that has tall trees behind you or very nearby. This will ensure the geese are comfortable and allow them to see behind you or even circle behind you oc- casionally. If the cover is taller than 18 inches, this would be an ideal situation for a panel blind. With all blinds, it goes without saying they should be grassed-up completely. You can permanently zip-tie in bunch- es of dyed raffia grass prod- uct such as Final Approach’s Whoopgrass, but still add some surrounding local vegetation to finish the job. If your blind doesn’t have enough stubble straps, or enough in the right locations, add some in or cut and cauterize holes to add zip ties and bunches of Whoop- grass. I nearly always have to add extra zip ties and Whoop- grass around the head/face opening of any layout blind. I like Whoopgrass because the colors are natural—browns, greens, yellows. Avoid at all cost, brands that dye burgun- dies, reddish-browns, purple or blueish hues. Now for real world goose hunting. If the cover is less than 18 inches, or there’s no cover at all. This is what starts sepa- rating average goose hunters from really good goose hunters comes down to your willing- ness to do the work, and how creative you can be. Having an eye for what looks natural and blends-in to the surroundings is a huge plus, too. My first rule is to get as low as you can. No matter how good the cover on your blind is, it still produces a shadow, which can be a dead giveaway to geese. The lowest-profile system is a ghillie suit or camo’d blanket and no blind. Next comes a low layout blind that allows you to detach the front and lay the front of the blind right on top of your legs. Some blinds allow this and others don’t so choose carefully. Even with no grassy or rough edges, a field edge or field seam is still the best op- tion to set-up compared to the middle of the field with no col- or or pattern change. Yes, geese would slightly prefer to land in the middle, but your hide will be compromised and as stated earlier, a good hide trumps ev- wwrvW7FW&VFvW&6Уsp