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  1. Lonegoose35

    Lonegoose35 Refuge Member

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    Not trying to be a debbie downer but i will be surprised if your pond holds water. I went through same thing. Ended up putting in a pond liner and burrying it. Stays pretty full. Been 5 years now. I went through 2 "ponds" before i got one to hold water. Was epic fails and a lot of work and wasted money. Takes a ton of rain to fill or even half fill the hole you have. Especially with no run off or high water table. I tried to put up couple pics of my process but isng working. Screenshots from photobucket. Lol
     
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    Here is Screenshot_20170922-174317.png Screenshot_20170922-174328.png couple pics
     

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  3. thatguy2

    thatguy2 Senior Refuge Member

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    It'll hold water and it will get a lot of runoff. It's holding enough water in the bottom for the dogs to swim around the brush. 20+ acres of runoff feed it. Heck I had to upsize the overflow pipe. We had to wait for a drought to build it because it was so wet. We just haven't gotten any rain. My yard is brown. October is usually fairly wet, hoping the pattern holds. Rain in the forecast, but we haven't had a rain with significant runoff since early August and even then it wasn't much.
     
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    Well hopefully it rains for you. Not too much of course. Good luck w the birds.
     
  5. thatguy2

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    IMG_2856.JPG Got 1.5" but little run off. The cracks in the yard closed up so hopefully the rain predicted this weekend can run off into my pond. It did come up a little. I calculated at work I need roughly 750k gallons to fill it...

    Side note: next year when it has water would it be better to keep the edges mowed, or plant more stuff around the edge. Geese fly over nightly and ducks fly over in the AM.
     
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    IMG_2904.JPG IMG_2903.JPG 4" of rain last night and it came up a few feet. Also had 20 canadas come over tree top tall when I was out checking it out.
     
  7. thatguy2

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    IMG_2988.JPG Gonna try it in the AM. Water level has receded a bit since that last pic since we haven't had any moisture since then. Stale ducks and lots of folks on public. A few ducks and geese flying around the house so why not. Saw 20 mallards as I was building the blind this afternoon. Also taking the puppy for her first taste of hunting
     
  8. Lonegoose35

    Lonegoose35 Refuge Member

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    well?? Has blood been shed yet or what?
     
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    No we had no takers. may give it a go some time this week again. Saw thousands of snows. Ducks flew over 10 minutes before legal. Saw canadas but didn't have any decoys out. Brother doesn't think birds will land with the brush in the water.
     
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    If you are looking to get geese in there I would clear out as much stuff as possible. Even around pond..high grass/brush is perfect spot for predators. Just judging by pics it looks tight for geese. Ducks more likely to use it than geese I bet. Good luck!
     

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