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Just curious what guys seem to think works best. Early on when the drakes haven't gotten their color in very well, do you still toss out drake decoys? Anyone every really test it out to see if all of a sudden a spread with full color shows up in an area that most don't have it? or since its early season, are they still uneducated enough where you will be fine...
Ive generally put out more hens early but now that ive upgraded my decoys, I don't have as many hens since the almost always put more drakes per dzn when you buy them.
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we usually use 80% hens in early season. when we sell off decoys i usually kepp the hens just so i have an early season spread since as you said the better decoys are drake heavy. a couple times we have out out real colorful spreads early season and it didnt help at all. cant say it hurt us for sure but it definitly didnt help.
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I'm not sure ducks are smart enough to count disprotionate numbers of fully colored ducks or not God enough for it to affect hunting.
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Save your old beat up decoys that have the paint flecking off. Looks like eclipse plumage. Although last year we killed a full plumed red leg drake the 3rd weekend so it's not like their isn't fully colored birds out there.
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