Drake/hen ratio?

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  1. Ringbill

    Ringbill Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    I like a few more drakes, but not a fan of the 8/4
    I like Dakota's offering of 7/5----right on IMO.
    Some offer ONLY drakes! Good thing I'm a decoy painter----I've painted a lot of new drake decoys into hens,
    to get my own ratio.

    Ringbill
     
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  2. Meach

    Meach Senior Refuge Member

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    i hunt flooded rice/bean fields.
     
  3. Heronk77

    Heronk77 Senior Refuge Member

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    It also depends on where and when you are hunting. In Canada there are a lot more hens and eclipse drakes in the flocks the first month of the season. So we actually use more hens than drakes then.
     
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  4. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    In that situation I would almost skip realistic hens and go with bright drakes and dark brown hens.
     
  5. Mean Gene

    Mean Gene Elite Refuge Member Flyway Manager

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    Guys who use all drakes kill ducks. Guys who use various splits kill ducks. It pretty much boils down to personal preference. I doubt in the long run it matters much. :tu
     
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  6. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    I hunt out of a small boat and use mostly Herter's 72s so every decoy is important. 30 decoys is about normal, 36 is about the maximum.

    I usually load up on drakes when I'm hunting in vegetation. In open water and under certain light and water conditions, I think a brown hen might stand out as much or more than a black-and-white drake so I run additional hens but I'm seldom anywhere near 50/50%. I run mostly drakes.

    There are several market gunners that rigged mostly hens.

    All that to say, "I agree with Mean Gene".
     
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  7. Billy Bob

    Billy Bob Elite Refuge Member

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    I must be sick, I have agreed with both you and Ravenanme today :z :l
     
  8. Glades Ranger

    Glades Ranger Elite Refuge Member

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    Used primarily drake ringers for a long time. I started experimenting using more hen decoys and I consequently began to bag more drake ringers. I've downsized now for the last seven years because smaller is better, at least where I hunt. I will amend that last statement that although I use less decoys, I have gone to mostly magnum ones. More hen/brown seems to equate with more draw and more kills, whether they be ringers, mottleds, teal, or woodies. When and where is a big factor and what you see. Have put away black coot decoys because they are not here but are on the big lake.
     
  9. Rangerbob

    Rangerbob Senior Refuge Member

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    Normally I am a fan of more drakes than hens for the visibility which I increase with super mag sizes and lighter colors on my drake mallards. I hunt highly pressured public lakes and I try to be different. But late in the year last season when all we had to shoot was very stale birds I changed up and only set 6 mallard dekes, 1 drake & 5 hens. I mostly hunt pot holes off of main lake so attracting birds from a long distance was not the goal, it was getting hard hunted birds to finish. Most of our birds were singles, pairs or very small groups so I just tried to look realistic plus I felt pretty sure there was not another spread on the lake that looked like mine. Worked out pretty well.
     
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  10. Rubberhead

    Rubberhead Elite Refuge Member

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    No, it's not you. I've been trying to be more inclusive in my comments. Thanks for noticing. :)
     

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