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do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby ducks385 » Mon Oct 15, 2012 8:35 pm

i look for drakes with mallards because it looked better in a pic. if it is slow i will shoot a hen.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby The Duck Hammer » Mon Oct 15, 2012 9:57 pm

Depends on what comes in. But if I have a shot I will not hesitate to kill hens.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby ducks385 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 2:36 pm

i think the bag looks better with drakes. but by me hens have more bands.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby The Duck Hammer » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:26 pm

I dont care how my bag looks at the end of the day. I hunt to be out in the outdoors and to have food on the table. But I too would rather have a limit of drakes over a limit of hens.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby ducks385 » Tue Oct 16, 2012 6:29 pm

yea i go for food to. but if i can i defiantly would get all drakes. plus saving your hens can save you if shoot one accedently.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby RNT_MAN » Sun Oct 21, 2012 9:29 pm

Hunters should strive to take as few hens as possible and when possible selectively shoot drakes. More hens alive=more ducks next year. :thumbsup:
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby Drake25R » Mon Oct 22, 2012 11:55 am

i shoot both intill i get my limit of them
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby jack lowe » Tue Oct 23, 2012 8:46 pm

if it comes in the hole i dont care what it is if i can kill it, take a picture of it, get it mounted, or eat it then its gonna die. lol that is if i hit it.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby Drake25R » Wed Oct 24, 2012 12:54 pm

ya i miss a ton :no:
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby jack lowe » Thu Oct 25, 2012 8:24 pm

i dont lol :biggrin:
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby benellisuperblackeagle2 » Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:47 pm

I use common sense. I dont want a full limit of hens but i like to have a couple thrown in to a bag. I shoot whatever comes into my decoys mostly
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby Blackcloud5 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:39 pm

Shooting one hen does about the same to the population as shooting 20 drakes.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:28 pm

Blackcloud5 wrote:Shooting one hen does about the same to the population as shooting 20 drakes.

prove it. I've never seen evidence of this any where, and as a hen mallard lays 8-9eggs per year (DU's #'s) i'd be impossible to shoot one bird and have it be equivalent to shooting 20.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby wanapasaki » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:43 pm

I shoot drakes when a group comes in, but if it's a pair of hens or just a hen, I'll take them if It's a slow day and I haven't been seeing much. One thing I am thinking though, is that if everyone on here is so ashamed to take a hen, we aren't leaving too many drakes to take care of the repopulating business....
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby The Duck Hammer » Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:42 pm

Blackcloud5 wrote:Shooting one hen does about the same to the population as shooting 20 drakes.


That is about the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Give us some scientific evidence to support this claim.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Wed Nov 21, 2012 7:45 pm

wanapasaki wrote:I shoot drakes when a group comes in, but if it's a pair of hens or just a hen, I'll take them if It's a slow day and I haven't been seeing much. One thing I am thinking though, is that if everyone on here is so ashamed to take a hen, we aren't leaving too many drakes to take care of the repopulating business....

I agree 100% I'll take a drake when the choice presents it's self but if a hen is lonesome, or its a slow day ill take a hen.

the sex of the bird doesnt make a difference on the table.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby jack lowe » Thu Nov 22, 2012 2:01 pm

2500hdon37s wrote:
wanapasaki wrote:I shoot drakes when a group comes in, but if it's a pair of hens or just a hen, I'll take them if It's a slow day and I haven't been seeing much. One thing I am thinking though, is that if everyone on here is so ashamed to take a hen, we aren't leaving too many drakes to take care of the repopulating business....

I agree 100% I'll take a drake when the choice presents it's self but if a hen is lonesome, or its a slow day ill take a hen.

the sex of the bird doesnt make a difference on the table.


Thats right a hen taste just as good as a drake.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby mayhem96 » Fri Nov 23, 2012 6:25 pm

I agree with the guy that said whatever comes in. But, if it is a duck, I take the shot. You have to take every opportunity you get here in the south :lol:
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby pork4life » Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:43 pm

Depends, I'll shoot hen spoonies all day long but if a mallard or pintail or wigeon comes in, I will pick out the drake.
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Re: do you look for drakes or shoot hens if they come in?

Postby Duck Collector » Sun Nov 25, 2012 8:28 pm

If a big group comes in, i shoot until their out of range or im out of shells...and out of 3 shots whatever goes down...is down
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