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Anyone here have a goose pit in a feild some place?

How did you cover it and what size is it?

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6'x 4' x 5 1/2' deep.We have a raised floor (2x4's)& plywood walls.For the cover I used lanscapeing "lattice" with corn stalks/grass weaved in and out.Get the plastic lattice as it lasts much longer and is more durable than wood.The 2x4's on the floor make it so it's just over 5' deep,plenty of room for shooting.

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Flowage Tamer and I dig one along with a couple of our friends in our buddie's corn field each season...we pretty much only hunt out of it during the late goose season. Can't beat sitting on chairs with a heater going when hunting in the snow.

We just dig a big rectangular box into the ground, then put pieces of plywood over the top with corn stalks on them, leaving a few gaps for standing up to shoot out of. We usually put a couple decoys right in front of the pit, as well as a few magnums on the plywood in order to keep the geese from seeing down into the pit. We have thought about constructing a better cover, but if we wear white camo (usually hunt in the snow) we have been able to get them close enough for clean kills w/out going through the trouble of making / installing a flip-style cover.

We fill it in each year and then move to a new spot in order to keep the birds guessing.

SA/wdw

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We have dug pits in the past in a buddy's cornfield. We dug 6 pits total, all big enough for one person each. Everyone dug their own pits so each one was different. The best one was probably 3 foot dia, dug down about 4.5 - 5 foot deep and the guy dug down so far then made a ledge for stepping down and sitting on and then dug out underneath so he had a spot for his feet and any gear he had. They worked well. We only shot one goose on opening of the early season which is the only time I used them but my buddy who lived there shot a lot of woodies out of those pits. We laid plywood over the larger holes and spread black dirt and cornstalks over them. One thing to remember is that when you dig that deep you will end up with a bunch of sand, make sure that you dont have a bunch of sand around your pits, cover the sand with black dirt. In other words make sure that the color of the ground is the same color the whole way around the pit.

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I have hunted in Rochester with the guides down there. They have pit blinds that are about 20 feet long and 4 feet wide. They set theirs up with garage door tracks and a piece of plywood. They lay corns stalks on top of the door for concealment. The guides have thier own pits so they can see what is going on. I like the idea of the plastic latis. That way you are concealed and can see what is going on.

Good Luck

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Why not just buy layout blinds?

big drift


we've thought about it, but really the only field hunting we do is in the early and late goose seasons, otherwise we are hunting over water. in the early goose season, we just set up at the edge of a field amongst some brush/trees and usually manage to pull the birds in close enough because they are less wily this early. Late season, we only really have access to one good field so a pit provides us with the most comfortable way to hunt them...just sit in chairs and BS with your buddies while watching wave after wave of geese towards you, as well as the big flocks of mallards coming out to the fields to feed that spend the winter on the river (too bad the season doesn't last through the 1st week in December)

Eventually, if I buy a big spread of really nice decoys and want to spend more time field hunting I will probably get a layout blind. Until then, I'll stick with the fencerows and pits.

SA/wdw

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