Finally got the wetlands re-seeded.

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  1. Cappy_TX

    Cappy_TX Elite Refuge Member

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    Today was discing the areas around our wetlands now that it's drained and dry enough to support the tractor. Just this morning I planted a mix of waterfowl attractant type food seeds there.

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    The shovel handle stuck into the mud in the water in the foreground is right next to a main drain line that's still a few inches below the surface. When the wetlands is full, the water level would be just below the top of the handle.

    This is the valve that was opened to drain the area three weeks ago ...
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    And what the water level looked like then ...

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    Also ... during the off season we made some new heavy gauge wire surrounds for the pit blinds we hunt from there. Here are two of them installed this morning.

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    Over the past three weeks we've drained almost 9 million gallons of water from the wetlands. It was designed with 8" drain lines and valves allowing it to be drawn down each spring to be replanted. Eleven acres @ 325,000 gals/acre/foot X an average of 30" depth.

    The two dawgs get to go with most of the times unless I'll be working for several hours or more now that the temps are rising. It was in the upper 70 and lo 80s most of the past 5 days. But if they don't go with, they still have their 30 minute training session at home first regardless.

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  2. rcn

    rcn Elite Refuge Member

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    Cool, looks like a lot of work, im sure it pays off when duck season rolls around
     
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    Looks like a great spot ya got there!
     
  4. Okvet

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    hey cappy---got any updated pictures after the planting?
     
  5. Cappy_TX

    Cappy_TX Elite Refuge Member

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    About a week apart ...

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    At least some ducks have made it home for the spring ...

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    Couple a geese too!

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    rcn Elite Refuge Member

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    Nice:tu Out of curiousity how many acres do you have devoted to wetlands and how do you et your water? I dont imagine many big canals in Texas
     
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    looks great ! I have to ask .... what camera is that, those pics are really crisp and clear !!
     
  8. Cappy_TX

    Cappy_TX Elite Refuge Member

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    We have three wetland area that were converted from former low laying pasture areas. We excavated out the lowest places on our properties and then used the removed dirt to create holding berms on 3 sides. A 6" dia PVC pipe (I mispoke in an earlier post when I said 8") was placed through the berms at a level that would allow me to open a butterfly valve on the discharge side and drain 75% of the flooded area in the spring for cultivating and replanting.

    The 3 wetlands each encompass between 10-12 acres, half again more when fully flooded. We are 100% reliant on catching and holding rain and surface flow from adjacent land areas. So believe me, it's really with mixed emotions when the valves are all opened and I watch close to 11 MILLION gallons drain out of each over a 5 days period. Fingers and more are crossed that after planting we get enough rain to grow the crops and refill us before September.

    The camera is a Kodak Z-710 Easyshare with a 10X zoom lens. It's super easy to use and images can be easly downloaded to the puter with a docking station. The software that comes with it has some limited but decent quality editing features too.
     
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    Cappy_TX Elite Refuge Member

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    Another week's gone by without rain. None forecast until late next week and even then only a chance of showers. Despite it being dry, there's been some growth in the past seven days ...

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  10. xdsscoutswife

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    Cappy....you have done a great job and it looks awesome!!! :yes
     

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