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David Sparks Ph.d Texas Spread
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Sportsman's Spotlight
Date: June 22, 2018

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I was on the phone the other day with an old buddy and he reminded me of a method for calling in high flying geese over expanses of open prairie… Using a “Texas spread”. The Texas rag decoy consists of a wind sock mounted on a stake, with a molded goose head stuck on the top. They are an inexpensive way to set out decoys that appear real from the sky. Snow geese spreads require a large number of rag decoys; however, Canada geese can be drawn in with as few as three to four dozen rags. The wind sock rags are available in colors to match Canada, Snow and Blue geese. My friend Gilbert Herndon is a hunting and fishing videographer and he tells us today about his experience with the Texas spread.

They do what they call a Texas spread down there where they have white bags on a stick and you stick them here and there and the wind turns them a certain way and when the wind blows they all kind of turn one way. You also wear white sheets. In other places where you don’t want to be seen you wear camouflage. But in Texas it is all white because the snow geese come down there and I have seen snow geese so thick that you could not even carry on a conversation, you had to yell at one another in order to hear one another. With that many geese flying around a big white area and they fly over and see that, they think that is just other geese down there so they land and you can call them in and that is how you get them.

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