Photo by Kyle Thompson
A few Novembers ago, my wife and I traveled to Ohio to visit family—and hunt rabbits. Come first day, though, the focus shifted to geese, thanks to cold weather, snow, and a steady stream of honkers. The only problem? No decoys. However, with some quick thinking and an hour or so of arts-and-crafts time, we were able to assemble a dozen silhouette decoys that looked good enough to kill a limit of Canadas. Here's how we made them.
What you'll need
-Cardboard sheets (approx. 36x36 inches)
-Paint stir sticks (one for each decoy)
-Matte spray paint (gray, white, black, and brown)
Ask for some empty cardboard boxes at your local market or grocery store. Look for bigger boxes. (You're going to need sheets of cardboard that measure about 36 x 36 inches.) Carefully break down the boxes with a utility knife.
On three of the cardboard sheets, draw—to the best of your artistic abilities—the outlines of Canada geese in various body postures—sentry, feeder, feeder with an outstretched neck—then carefully cut along the lines.
Use the silhouettes you cut out in Step 2 to trace more geese on the other cardboard sheets, and cut along the lines. Next, staple a stir stick to each decoy and cut each bottom to a point so you can stake the deke into the ground.
Shake the cans and start painting. Heads and necks are black. Chests are gray, blending into white from belly to tail. Backs are black with a mist of brown. It's not a bad idea to paint the legs (in this case, the stir stick) black, too.