Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

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Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:41 pm

Dug up 4 Ringer Hens & 4 Buffy Drakes from the OWF ... Decided to turn a couple into hens ... Thoughts Gents?

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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby brokerbyduck » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:53 pm

You know my thoughts on buffie hens but those suckers will hunt! Nice work.
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Sun Jul 06, 2014 9:55 pm

brokerbyduck wrote:You know my thoughts on buffie hens but those suckers will hunt! Nice work.


Yes, I know your thoughts brother ... But gotta throw in some ladies to break up the sausage party ... Had 14 Drakes in my spread, ... No Buffy Hens.

Since I have 18 GE Drakes, may do an "off-day" of taking 3-4 and making Buffy Hen Super Mag's with them, ... and then making 3-4 GE Hens ...

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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby h2ofowlr » Mon Jul 07, 2014 8:53 am

They look like they would work, but since when do you need buffie hen decoys to attract them? I would use more drakes, as you might bring in other species and they are high visibility from a long distance. Surf scoter decoys suck those things in, I just try to save my shells. :smile:
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby StanwoodSpartan » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:17 pm

Only good thing a buffy hen is for, is a live decoy for other birds!!
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Mon Jul 07, 2014 4:52 pm

: Well, this is probably where my brow beating starts ... But I love hunting divers, ... and I love hunting buffie's. Just like some of you enjoy mallards or teal or widgeon ... But something about a Drake Buff coming hard on the deck, on a string ... Or GE for that matter ... BAMMMMMM !!!

Look, all I'm looking to do here is add some more dark to my spread ... Last year I had 14 Drakes, ... ONLY ... and seemed we had some turn aways later in the season, ... UNTIL ... CBL painted 3 Ringer Hen's into Buffy Hens ...

So I have to pick up another 6 pack of Drakes, so was just lookin to repaint my beat up ones. As a matter of fact, I have 6 BEAT up GE's sitting in the sun, with a brand new flat black paint job on them ... waiting to be turned into Super Mag Hen Buffie's.

Laugh if you want ... don't care. Doesn't mean I'm blasting away at hen's ... But we all know someone who's slept with a fat chick ... maybe I can bring in a few more Drake Buff's later on in the season.
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:45 pm

: I believe an intervention may need to take place Gents ... For your consideration, here are 6 Super Mag Buffy Hen's I've recently painted for my decoy spread from Over-Sized Goldeneye Drakes (Horribly tore up!) ...

I do think that this completes the section of hen buffie's ... All I'm lookin for is your .02 ... Fire away!

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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby StanwoodSpartan » Mon Jul 07, 2014 6:49 pm

I've shot my self a few hen buffies as well, but usually when they are the only thing flying. When holding a huge pat pig like a mature greenhead or pinny, then holding the tiny little buffy in the other hand, it kinda sucks when you are trying to make that next meat quota for another batch of jerky!!! :yes:
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby eagles2069 » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:17 am

I think they look pretty good. I will say that I have buffie hen decoys and the drakes suck right into them. I like the idea of using ringer decoys. I for some reason have a ton of ringer decoys but rarely ever see them. I am thinking that they might make some good hen goldeneye decoys.
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby ScaupHunter » Tue Jul 08, 2014 1:11 pm

To all the Buffy Hen doubters I toss out a challenge. I double dog dare you to spend half the season only hunting drake BH in your overall spread and then switch out to a 4 to 1 ratio of hens to drakes or go no drakes and report back at the end of season which drew more birds. I absolutely guarantee you will see far more buffies working your decoys, and have a ton more landing to be live decoys for you using mainly hens or all hens. The same applies to most of your other decoys as well but we will keep this to buffies.

By the way the only people I know who claim you don't need hen buffies are the ones who have never used them before. Every hunter I have convinced to try the hen dare ends up painting all but 2 or three of their buffy decoys into hens.
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby WSUWESTON » Tue Jul 08, 2014 7:39 pm

I like to use a few hens because I like the contrast in my diver spread. I love a big old butterball coming into the spread trying to pick a fight with my drake decoy.
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby QH's Paw » Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:38 pm

:censored: yeah those deeks will hunt.
You know what I think about divers......gots the fever can't shake it. :yes:
I'm thinking one of my next all drakes limits is going to be buffies. :beer:
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Wed Jul 09, 2014 4:21 am

QH's Paw wrote::censored: yeah those deeks will hunt.
You know what I think about divers......gots the fever can't shake it. :yes:
I'm thinking one of my next all drakes limits is going to be buffies. :beer:


I got the spot ... heres your invite.
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby brokerbyduck » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:42 am

Wow, look at all the passion for the buffie! Its pretty rare for me to shoot a drake buffie and I don't shoot the hens anymore but that hasn't always been the case. The buffies aren't completely safe in my spread though. My kid and most of the guys I hunt with will light them up when they can.

Maybe its because I don't target them but they have always decoyed to drake buffs and golden eyes just fine for me. I may add some hen golden eyes or cans but I won't be running hen buffies this year.
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby QH's Paw » Wed Jul 09, 2014 8:45 pm

BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:
QH's Paw wrote::censored: yeah those deeks will hunt.
You know what I think about divers......gots the fever can't shake it. :yes:
I'm thinking one of my next all drakes limits is going to be buffies. :beer:


I got the spot ... heres your invite.

You tell me what month is usually best(for drake buffy) and I'll do what I can to get over there for a couple days. I'll even bring my Halfbreed with me if you're talking layout. :thumbsup:
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby BigBlondeBirdDog » Wed Jul 09, 2014 11:29 pm

: No layout needed ... Late Oct/Early Nov ...
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby QH's Paw » Fri Jul 11, 2014 11:34 pm

BigBlondeBirdDog wrote:: No layout needed ... Late Oct/Early Nov ...
When it gets closer and I know all my hunt trips and days we'll talk. What's your schedule look like, weekends only or do you have some weekdays too?
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby Tealer » Sat Jul 12, 2014 10:33 am

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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby cue772 » Sun Jul 13, 2014 12:24 pm

Nice work... there needs to be more boxes of hens out there. Get tired of painting .
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Re: Tried my hand on Buffy Hens ... Thoughts?

Postby Cougar125 » Wed Jul 16, 2014 12:23 am

ScaupHunter wrote:To all the Buffy Hen doubters I toss out a challenge. I double dog dare you to spend half the season only hunting drake BH in your overall spread and then switch out to a 4 to 1 ratio of hens to drakes or go no drakes and report back at the end of season which drew more birds. I absolutely guarantee you will see far more buffies working your decoys, and have a ton more landing to be live decoys for you using mainly hens or all hens. The same applies to most of your other decoys as well but we will keep this to buffies.

By the way the only people I know who claim you don't need hen buffies are the ones who have never used them before. Every hunter I have convinced to try the hen dare ends up painting all but 2 or three of their buffy decoys into hens.

People could ask bknilvr or myself about the amount of buffies and GE we saw coming in on my black and whites. They do work!
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