Cleaning up a timber hole

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  1. Bercy3939

    Bercy3939 New Member

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    Give me some ideas/thoughts/things that worked/things that didn't work when cleaning up a timber hole.

    We have an old hole that is about 65x35 yards in some willows, ironwood, ash with a few oak trees. The edges have become thick with new growth, but the center has been bushhogged and has some barnyard and sprangletop growing. We can plant millet and might. Water is controlled and will be about a foot deep during the season.

    I know the old adage of "build it and they will come" does not apply to ducks, but we have ducks in the immediate vicinity and 10 years ago, the prior owners killed lots of ducks in this hole. But the ducks have not been using it much at all over the past 5 or so years.

    We've thought about getting a mulcher in there to clear out the edges and open the woods some.

    Any thoughts? Thanks.
     
  2. TheDuckSlayer

    TheDuckSlayer Elite Refuge Member

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    Skid steer with a forestry mower (or "mulcher") is fastest and easiest. Take you a few hours. Be prepared to pay 500-600 per day if you rent.
     
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  3. por boy

    por boy Senior Refuge Member

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    Good luck with your project.
    I had a timber hole that we use to kill a lot of ducks not anymore.
    Why because our migration pattern has changed over the years.
    Farming practices have changed.
    Now they pick the corn early and any left has sprouted thus no feed.
    Big impoundments that the State controls and plants corn etc.

    This holds the ducks and they have no reason to move.
     
  4. Rice Hunter

    Rice Hunter Senior Refuge Member

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    If you've got food nearby, there's a good chance they'll use it. That has been or experience.

    You won't know unless you try. Post up your progress.
     
  5. J.SCOTT

    J.SCOTT Senior Refuge Member

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    Don't try to hand cut it. We've been there, done that and got the t-shirt.
    What about spraying round up and burning?
     
  6. Mack Molloy

    Mack Molloy Elite Refuge Member

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    We had the same problem with a timber hole. It was dry in March and we were able to get dozers in and clean it out...went from 2 acres to 4+. It flood 2 days after we had the dirt work completed. #2-3IMG_2736.JPG

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  7. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Senior Refuge Member

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    I would be helpful to know your approximate location.
     
  8. Mallard Machete

    Mallard Machete Elite Refuge Member

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    Cleaning up a timber hole?

    Pics, or it didn't happen!!!
     
  9. bird whisperer

    bird whisperer New Member

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    Was this former agriculture ground that went into WRP? We have been fighting that battle for 18 years now with one of our spots and been stugling with it on our best field that went into WRP 2 years ago" about 475 acres". Problem we have observed is bird still use it just not durring daytime. But Katie bar the door when the weather gets bad.
     
  10. Randy

    Randy Senior Refuge Member

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    Arsenal / Polaris will be your friend.
     

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