I always run more hens than drakes.
Since a few hunting buddies and I started doing this over 20 years ago we have notice a very distinct increase in the number of flights that decoy well. My Blue Bill spread has more hens than drakes. 45% to 55% drake to hen ratio. I often hunt 4 or 6 drakes in a 24 decoy spread for puddlers. It doesn't take much color to give the right impression to the birds of a mix of drakes and hens. I have really noticed the difference in the number of small groups of birds that decoy well and land with the higher hen ratio. Larger flocks decoy better overall and small flocks or pairs will often bomb straight into a majority hen spread.
Try it both ways and see what you think. It never hurts to have the hens for early season, you can always get drakes to add for later in the season.
I for one think that the higher number of hens draws all the drakes down into the spread which can turn the entire flock and get it to commit. I also think the pairs come in more readily since the drake does not feel like he will be fighting off other drakes for his hen.
Last edited by ScaupHunter
on Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:06 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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