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peter less like a large, shadowy mob. An exception would be a wheat or pea stubble field, or any field that could have large cashes of stubble wind-blown into piles. A row of blinds close together and covered in stubble works great. In wet or green condi- tions, make the area in front of your blinds “off-limits” to foot traffic to keep it pristine and not tracked-up. If there is ever a contour to the land your hunting, locate your blinds in the lowest spot possible to elim- inate shadows and silhouette. If you are in a situation where you can dig your blinds down a foot or so, this can be deadly. OFTEN, HUNTERS WILL FIND MOBS of geese on scouting trips and the field is perfectly flat without a field seam of any kind. They’re faced with a dilemma. My advice is to simply not hunt there. Keep looking. A margin- al hide will only educate birds. I see pictures of people all the time crouching next to a duck pond, or trying a risky hide for geese because it’s “early season”. Yes, you can get away with that stuff early, but how do you think the birds get educated? I recommend hiding as good as you can all season long. Here in Oregon where I hunt, we have a six-month long season where we hunt on wintering geese. These are not migrating geese, which is to say they’ve seen everything by season’s end in March. It’s rewarding to land huge flocks on the last day and it can be done with only a little bit of thoughtfulness and work. WHJ www.westernhuntingjournal.com 79