Stand-ups are best when they’re set against a treeline, fenceline, or ditch, but they’ll work when the X is in the middle of a peafield too—again, so long as they’re heavily brushed in. In an open field, you might have to adjust the setup on a sunny day to avoid casting unnatural shadows in an otherwise bright field. One midmorning in Saskatchewan, when we were halfway to our limits, we noticed working geese drifting away instead of finishing. Zink took a step out of the blind, looked at the sun, and declared we had a shadow problem. We simply repositioned to the other side of the spread. Our shots became crossers, rather than incoming birds—but with the shadows dissipated, they were close enough that it wasn’t much trouble.