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  1. Archeryrob

    Archeryrob Elite Refuge Member

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    Are now for sale on the MDWFA website. You must coordinate with Greg Tracey on getting them, but they are available for sale November 1st to April 1st.

    http://store.mdwfa.org/product_info.php/...ucts_id/42
     
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  2. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

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    Thats a good deal. Where can you get something manufactured like, with good materials, MADE IN THE USA for such little money?
     
  3. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

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    Copy of wood duck box plans-1...jpg Heres some plans for you guys that want to build a Wood Duck Box or few.
     
  4. Allan

    Allan Elite Refuge Member

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    The guards are a great idea for woodie boxes and look well made, however, I would have used a picture that didn't have a shed snake skin coming out of the entry hole.
     
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  5. MD Ducker

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    TF - good model to go by. Couple of tips I can add from years of inspecting:

    1. Entrance hole should be approx. 4" W x 3" H. A red Solo cup flexed will give you a near perfect size oval
    2. Hardware cloth is OK if Galvanized. If not use black leaf gutter blocker found in the guttering/roofing section at Big Box Lumber store. And BE SURE your staples are long & secure. I go behind & tap with a hammer to be sure. If possible, put a slight pucker in the cloth so it bows out slightly to make it easier for the ducklings to grab onto.
    3. Be sure to install guard ~3' above ground/water level or whatever the surrounding ground vegetation will be
    4. Install in an area away from trees that will grow to have hanging over branches. Best to keep a 5' bubble of free space around the box. I've seen a black snake bridge a 2'-3' gap & go right on top a box.
     
  6. The Other David

    The Other David Elite Refuge Member

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    I logged into MDWFA to update my membership and make a donation!
    Think I still have a Potomac River Water Fowler Association t-shirt and decals.

    DONE!
     
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  7. Back2Maryland

    Back2Maryland Senior Refuge Member

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    Deploying 12 of the MDWA guards this weekend as part of my son's Eagle Scout project.

    B2M
     
  8. The Other David

    The Other David Elite Refuge Member

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    Can or should pressure treated wood be used? If not, what kind will last the longest?
     
  9. Allan

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    cypress, cedar
     
  10. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

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    We use ruff cut pine. No pressure treated, no plywood.
     

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