Flooded timber

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  1. bxcall1

    bxcall1 Senior Refuge Member

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    Being from the land of fruits and nuts we don't have much flooded timber out here and Arkansas is obviously famous for your flooded timber hunts.
    Can you tell me, what is it about the flooded timber that attracts ducks?
    I don't think they're going there for lunch? Is it because the timber is a sheltered resting area for them?
     
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    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    There's a lot of food in flooded timber. Ever heard of acorns? They were a primary mallard food source in the region long before rice and beans we grown.
     
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    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member

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    Rafts and rafts and rafts of acorns (if you're lucky).
     
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    bxcall1 Senior Refuge Member

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    Thanks for your replies gentlemen.
    With all of our rain and flooding here I might have to see if I can find a tree to hunt under instead of sitting in a hole in the ground in a rice field.
    Maybe I'll get lucky and some ducks will have the same idea!
     
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    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    To your original post though, trees do provide a great roost for duck, and they obviously use them in that manner along with the food benefit. The trees insulate birds from weather and temperature extremes. So, you have both things working for you.

    By the way, ducks out there will eat acorns and use timber. There's some good timber on Venice Island, and it's a heck of a killing spot...at least it used to be. Been a long time since I lived out there.
     
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    bxcall1 Senior Refuge Member

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    In regards to Venice island. I don't think Baron Hilton and I are good enough friends that he'd let me hunt his island!
     
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    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    Swear I thought Barron was dead. Bill Tilly would be your best contact there. Want his number? My father worked for Petersen for 20 years, and he became friends with most of the members. I just got lucky on that deal.

    I have an old card from Barron to my father authorizing a free room at any Hilton at any time. Often thought about pulling it out to see what they'd say.
     
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    rhpierce Elite Refuge Member

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    Historically, the Delta wasn't anything but timber. Food, rest areas, shelter...acorns and other fruits, seeds, invertebrates...huge masses of food.

    Before rice, the Grand Prairie was...Prairie...we had prairie chickens...the sports from Memphis would ride a train out to the "wilderness" to shoot them...until about 1905 or so when they were finally wiped out.
     
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    Timber Hole Senior Refuge Member

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    Fixed it for ya :mad:
     
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    bill cooksey Elite Refuge Member

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    If I recall correctly, the last two are on display in the museum in Hazen.
     

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