Food, Loaf, or Roost?

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Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby SquadIrons » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:23 pm

I'm trying to determine what the ducks are using this spot for. It is a private land spot that holds a few dozen ducks as of 5pm this evening. How do I tell if they're eating or just loafing? Can you tell by looking? Do they eat the grasses growing in there? My knowledge of food sources other than corn and ag fields is pretty much non-existent.

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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby SquadIrons » Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:34 pm

Any guesses?
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby Baymen Moe » Sun Oct 06, 2013 1:55 pm

Plenty of food sources in a pond like that, for puddlers. From plant material to aquatic insects and invertabrates. Give it a look at first light, I bet there will be more than a few dozen ducks. Afternoon loafers probably, but check it out in the morning.
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby stumpjumper1590 » Sun Oct 06, 2013 2:55 pm

Put some brush together, throw out a couple dozen decoys, stick a mojo up for some eye catching affect and shoot some birds in the morning.


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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby SquadIrons » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:16 am

I'm definitely hunting it Wednesday. I just wanted to make sure I don't over shoot it. Will once or twice a week be too much pressure?
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby Black Smoke » Mon Oct 07, 2013 6:48 am

I can see smartweed and millet and thats just by taking a glance at your pic. You should be good. if they're in there at 5 then its probably feed/loaf spot and if they don't leave at all then it's all of the above.
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby Slack Tide » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:35 am

Bring some corn with you, if they eat it, then you have your answer! :biggrin:
Looks like a great spot...
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby CutEmUp89 » Mon Oct 07, 2013 12:36 pm

Looks like my own private land. Filled with nothing but all volunteer seed. We usually do pretty good too! Kill alot of gadwall teal shovelers and mallards of course. Seems like at LST the ducks pour into our spot and feed on the weed seeds. But they don't do the same thing in the morning, but a few do come back from the early morning and throughout the day. We try not to hunt but 1-2 days a week maybe and every saturday and sunday so we don't over hunt our spot and burn the ducks out. Hope I can be a help. Good luck! :thumbsup:
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby cwsmith » Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:30 pm

good looking feed pond to me, find you some cover and hunt it for sure! if you do show up in the morning and ducks are on it don't try to jump shoot them, flush them out of there (without them seeing you or getting scared) and set up real quick... wait for them to come on back. good luck!! :wink:
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14 GWT
13 pin
10 spoony
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2 l scaup
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby Rick Hall » Wed Oct 09, 2013 4:34 am

Looks to me like "all of the above".
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby BBK » Wed Oct 09, 2013 1:16 pm

Probably all three. There is absolutely food there. Various bugs/invertebrates in areas like that, as well as the roots of that dying vegetation.

Get in there with a metal rake and rake yourself an opening in those weeds 30' around and hunt it. :thumbsup:
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby SquadIrons » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:10 am

After hunting it it is absolutely all 3. There is quite a bit of food and the mallards in particular seem to roost here at night.
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Re: Food, Loaf, or Roost?

Postby SquadIrons » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:12 am

BBK wrote:Get in there with a metal rake and rake yourself an opening in those weeds 30' around and hunt it. :thumbsup:


I would but it's impossible to walk in this pond. Even just around the edges you instantly sink up to your waist in mud. Our blind is in the only somewhat solid part and we had to put pallets down to stand on.
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