By: Sean Sutherland, Cabela's Catalog/Internet Copywriter
This Field-Test Report is courtesy of Cabela's Outfitter Journal magazine.
I've been chasing the elusive spring snow goose for more than a decade, and believe me, the huge, easy-to-decoy flocks of the mid-1990s are a thing of the past. Unless the hunter is precisely where these unpredictable birds want to be, chances of pulling them down to sure-shot distance can be slim to none. However, with the right setup on the right day, success is not only possible, but probable. SilloSock decoys are a great first step toward the right setup. They dance in light breezes and heavy gales. And not only does the windsock body catch wind to duplicate the frantic movements of feeding snows, but the body-support feature keeps the decoy in the shape of a real goose on calm days. I've seen these decoys pull in bunches of birds on no-wind mornings and evenings, a solid testament to their realism in the decoy-savvy eyes of spring snow geese. Fast deployment is another of the SilloSock's strengths. A few whips through the air will open a stored decoy body for an instantly lifelike appearance. One hunter can carry and deploy up to four dozen without straining; an important quality when you're at the far reaches of a 200-yard-long spread.