Homemade Snow Goose Windsocks

by Keith Allen

Snow goose windsocks are used with other goose decoys in spreads for hunting geese. The windsock body of this homemade decoy provides some additional movement in the decoy spread, adding to its attraction. These homemade snow goose windsocks can be produced cheaply, allowing the hunter to create a wider and more attractive decoy spread. The task can be accomplished with modest tools and skills by most do-it-yourselfers.

1.

Cut the body of the snow goose windsock from white cloth. Tyvek, a synthetic rip-proof product can be used rather than cloth. Each snow goose windsock body is made up of two pieces. Cut each piece in a rough oblong of about 24 inches long and 12 to 14 inches wide. One end of the body will form a wider neck for the opening of the snow goose windsock body while the other end of the body is rounded and enclosed.

2.

Sew the two segments of the body together starting at one side of the open end and continuing around the body to the other end of the open end. Roll the neck of the snow goose body and sew along the edge to create a channel or tunnel all the way around the open end of the body. Turn the body right-side out so the sewn edges are on the interior of the body of the snow goose windsock.

3.

Thread a plastic strip through the channel at the opening of the snow goose windsock body. Some builders cut plastic strips from old milk jugs. Most do-it-yourselfers try to find some source of plastic that can be reused and cut into strips about a 1/2 inch wide and long enough to go completely around the opening of the snow goose windsock body.

4.

Cut a small hole in the bottom side of the neck of the snow goose windsock. Pass a 6-inch wood dowel through the hole and fasten it to the plastic ring with a 1-inch screw run through the plastic ring and into the dowel. Reinforce the area around the hole cut in the material with duct tape and sharpen the opposite end of the dowel for ease of insertion into the ground.

5.

Paint a feather pattern on the back of the snow goose windsock body. The paint job does not have to be detailed. Simply a couple of dark strips near the back to represent the crossed wing tips of a resting goose are usually sufficient. The windsock can also be painted light black or blue to represent the blue geese.

Items you will need

  • White cloth or Tyvek
  • Plastic
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • 1/2-inch wood dowel
  • 1-inch wood screw
  • Black paint

About the Author

Keith Allen, a 1979 graduate of Valley City State College, has worked at a variety of jobs including computer operator, medical clinic manager, radio talk show host and potato sorter. For over five years he has worked as a newspaper reporter and historic researcher. His works have appeared in regional newspapers in North Dakota and in "North Dakota Horizons" and "Cowboys and Indians" magazines.