Goose decoys are used by hunters to attract geese to a shooting range. They come in different styles and designs, from carved wooden replicas to modern lightweight plastic or composite frames. Decoys are placed in large numbers to simulate other birds feeding in an open field and drive other birds to feed in the area. Early decoys were very accurately depicted, but modern decoys can be as simple as a piece of nylon blowing in the wind. Hunters often customize their decoys by painting them to match their prey.
A goose decoy is used to attract geese to a hunter’s shooting range and can be of many different styles and designs. The first type of goose decoy was typically a carved wooden replica of a goose that could be paired with other decoys in different poses to entice a flock of geese to land in a given area. The modern goose caller is often manufactured with a lightweight nylon covered plastic or composite frame, occasionally including moving components to simulate wing flapping. Some goose decoys are actually very large and allow the hunter to lie hidden within the body section of the decoy only to lift off the decoy to shoot passing birds.
Geese are very social birds that feed and travel with many other birds whenever possible. Hunters, realizing this, use a goose decoy to simulate other birds feeding in an open field and drive other birds to feed in the field as well. By placing many decoys over a large area, passing geese see the area as good for feeding and attempt to join what they perceive to be other birds resting and eating. Wise hunters will use many different styles goose decoy bodies to make the ground appear to be covered with birds in many states of motion.
Early goose decoy designs were very accurately depicted by artists and carvers and were modeled very closely on a real bird. Some of the best decoy carvers would include features such as sinus ducts and eyelids in an attempt to fool real birds into thinking the decoys were actually real birds. Eventually, hunters began using decoys that simply resembled a goose’s basic shape and color. Some types of modern goose decoys are nothing more than a triangular piece of black and white nylon that is allowed to blow in the wind simulating a moving goose.
The new goose caller is easy to field in numbers and is also very effective at attracting birds to the ground through the use of wings and pinwheel type swivel pins, which allow the decoy to turn in the wind. Other styles of decoy include goose-shaped plastic shells, which are easily stacked when transported to the field. While the basic goose decoy stays very close in style regardless of the species being hunted, hunters often customize their decoys by painting them to match their prey.