NWFL Duck Impoundment - Need Opinions /Help!!!

Discussion in 'Habitat Forum' started by BULL SPRIG 88, Dec 23, 2016.

  1. Timber Hole

    Timber Hole Senior Refuge Member

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    Why does it have to be all or nothing? Why not just throw up a dike a foot or two tall in one corner and hold a little water? It doesn't take a large pool to shoot a few ducks.
     
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  2. BULL SPRIG 88

    BULL SPRIG 88 New Member

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    We actually tried to build an impoundment elsewhere on our farm. The final size after the build was about 1/2 acre. It does have a few wood ducks from time to time, just not a consistent number of birds to have a reliable hunt. The first year, my Japanese millet got totally wiped out by army worms. Since that time (about 2-3 years ago)... I have just let it go natural (partially out of frustration and partially out of disappointment). We learned some valuable lessons from that attempt. The berms were a little too steep, we left some trees which are good for wood ducks but shaded the area for the ability to grow some crops and have didn't have a lot of "show water". The biggest challenge we face in my opinion is having enough show water and a good food source. Our farm is located not too far from a decent sized river and there are swamps everywhere. I know that wood ducks don't need a lot of show water but I am competing with thousands upon thousands of acres of water and swamps. I need at least enough to show some water and a desirable food source. I think if we can build an impoundment that is 3.5 acres in size and provide a very good food source (like corn), then I can create a spot to attract birds. Here's a pic of that impoundment before it got wiped out by army worms:

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