Port Clinton, OH (October 1, 2017) – Ask any goose hunter to describe the perfect hunt. Many would talk of corn stubble, sweatshirt weather and flocks of big, gray-bellied honkers back peddling into a spread of several dozen full-body decoys. It’s an idyllic scene that’ll stretch the lips of any goose hunter, but plenty like to hunt geese in other situations as well. Pasture ponds, lakeshores and snowy fields have all filled the dreams of avid goose hunters at one time or another.
Until recently, hunters had very few choices when it came to goose decoys, which severely restricted their ability to effectively replicate the look of real geese in all but the most common scenarios. When geese are on the ground, birds within the flock are doing a variety of different things. Active feeders will have a hustle and bustle about them, while stationary long-necked sentries keep watch. Loafing birds often crouch down low to the ground, or even rest on their bellies.
When it’s cold, it’s common to see nearly every bird laying down with their feet pulled up into their warm feathers, only standing up occasionally to move to a new spot. This is especially true in snowy conditions when food is difficult to find and obtain. Faced with frigid conditions, geese will often tuck their heads into their back feathers, conserving energy by staying warm and resting.
This is when the added realism of sleeper shells gives hunters a decisive advantage.
Jimmy Wren knows a little something about loafing geese and cold weather. He cut his teeth guiding on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and spent ten years guiding hunters all over the country. “Hunting honkers during late-season cold-weather conditions, day in and day out, the large sleeper shell spreads are by far the most effective way to go,” says Wren, who proudly punches the clock as Brand Manager for Avian-X, renown makers of the most realistic and effective decoys available to the waterfowling world. “When it gets cold, sleeper shells finish geese when all else fails.”
Available in both painted (AXP) and fully flocked (AXF) versions, these one-piece stackable shells perfectly portray sleeping or resting geese. Molded from Avian-X’s advanced rubberized material and finished with incredibly realistic paint that will not chip, their deep relief and detail result in the spot-on realism that Avian-X is known for – a decoy that is nearly impossible to discern from the real thing.
The perfect compliment to Avian-X’s AXP and AXF Honker Shells featuring positionable heads released last year, new AXP and AXF one-piece Sleeper Shells can also be mixed in with Avian-X full-body decoys, completing the ultimate, highly compelling, space-saving late-season spread. They’ll provide a more natural appearance to any decoy spread, but especially when working hard-hunted late-season honkers.
Model / SKU: 9011
Model / SKU: 9023
As Canada goose numbers continue to rise, there has never been a better time to hunt these plentiful birds. But added hunting pressure continues to make geese increasingly wary, so hunters need to kick-up their decoy game for consistent success. Offering an incredible variety of different styles and poses of highly realistic floaters, full-bodies and shells, Avian-X makes the goose decoys that maximize the chances for success in any scenario. Their new AXP and AXF Canada Goose Sleeper Shells perfectly depict the quiet contentment of resting geese, and will contribute valuable realism to any decoy spread.