Silhouette goose decoys possess one major disadvantage: They’re two-dimensional. At certain angles–especially from overhead–these flat goose shapes can literally disappear from view. And full-body decoys, while more realistic, are big, expensive, and a pain to store and transfer–everything silhouettes are not.
Fortunately, waterfowl hunters can have the best of both worlds simply by adding a bit of body–literally–to their silhouette decoys. Dried goose wings tacked onto a flat decoy provide a third dimension and improve the decoy’s natural appearance. The process is easy and effective and can be used for Canadas, snows, or specklebellies.**
STEP 1** Disjoint each wing at the body, and cut away with a sharp knife. Remove as much flesh and skin as possible from the ball and entire first joint.
STEP 2 Using finishing nails, pin the loosely folded wing, underside out, to a large, overturned cardboard box. Generously pour salt or borax onto the exposed flesh and let dry for at least two weeks.
STEP 3 When dry, mist the bone ends lightly with flat black spray paint. Place one wing in position atop the “wing” on the silhouette, and drill two 1/8-inch holes through the decoy–one above and one below the bone. Position both wings and secure them to the decoy by cinching a 6-inch zip tie around the bone ends. Trim the tag end.