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Best duck attractant

Postby canbackhunter » Wed Mar 26, 2014 3:48 pm

On our property ther is a 1 acre pond with many ducks going into it in the fall. It partly dries up in the summer with moist bare spots in the middle. Just wondering what you could plant there and what would work the most to have all year action in the pond.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby mudpack » Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:58 pm

A lot will depend on where in the country this pond is located. You might want to consider a natural-growing plant like smartweed, barnyard grass, or even Japanese millet (you'll have to seed it). If you want something that will still be a draw in the last several weeks of the season, you'll have to cultivate some grain crops on the land nearby; milo, corn, wheat, soybeans, barley, etc.
Again, it depends on the area as to which plants would be successful. Also, the species of ducks using the pond will effect the food grown. You haven't given us much data to base advice on.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby jgoetz » Sun Mar 30, 2014 1:20 am

Just take a leak behind the blind. The second you get your junk in your hand the ducks will show up.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Rhock19 » Sun Mar 30, 2014 5:21 am

This^^!!!
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Sat Apr 05, 2014 3:05 am

oaks are always good but very slow growing.. habitat may be as if not more important than food..loafing areas that are safe from predation and nesting areas that are the same may hold the key..put a few traps out and see what happens.
if its legal consider putting up a grain feeder and keeping it stocked with barley etc. I have a nosloc feeder looks like an oversized trampoline spring cut in half sticking out bottom of 20 litre/5 gallon bucket that works great. the birds can see the grain and when they peck at it the spring wobbles and sprays out half a handfull of grain..it keeps rats etc away as they cant reach it and only have what is spilled but not eaten to get. putting it over water works better still.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby mudpack » Sun Apr 13, 2014 7:10 pm

Elvis Kiwi wrote:if its legal consider putting up a grain feeder and keeping it stocked with barley etc.

It's not.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Elvis Kiwi » Mon Apr 14, 2014 3:42 am

well you will have to grow it then :rolleyes:
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby hydrilla » Mon Apr 21, 2014 7:24 pm

mudpack wrote:
Elvis Kiwi wrote:if its legal consider putting up a grain feeder and keeping it stocked with barley etc.

It's not.


Why is this not legal? If he isn't hunting it, he can feed them. The original poster said he wanted to keep birds year round, so you can gather from that he isn't interested simply in hunting it. He can corn it up all he wants as long as he isn't hunting over it.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Big Hutch » Mon Apr 21, 2014 8:28 pm

Legally you can't hunt bait or shoot waterfowl going to the bait or flying out from the bait. There is no limiting distance for being found guilty of hunting ducks over bait.

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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby mudpack » Wed Apr 23, 2014 11:04 am

hydrilla wrote:Why is this not legal? If he isn't hunting it, he can feed them. The original poster said he wanted to keep birds year round, so you can gather from that he isn't interested simply in hunting it. He can corn it up all he wants as long as he isn't hunting over it.


You are right, 'drilla, he can legally feed/bait except from 20 days before he wants to hunt until the day after his last hunt. I didn't register on the part about "all year action". I stand corrected. :thumbsup:
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby jgoetz » Sun Jun 08, 2014 9:09 pm

Wonder Bread works equally as well! :lol3:

But in all honesty it will depend on where in the US you live. Regs vary by state. Read them good. Planted corn can be amazing as long as it's not being used as bait. Regs can get tricky state to state on that one. Read up. Hope you are formulating a plan. Duck season is only 4 months away (in WA).
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby 510wells » Mon Jun 16, 2014 6:17 pm

jgoetz wrote:Just take a leak behind the blind. The second you get your junk in your hand the ducks will show up.


Leaving your shotgun in the blind and your waist deep in the water putting out or collecting blocks works well also.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby jstewart_1981 » Wed Jun 25, 2014 5:54 am

I have the answer you are looking for! Corn
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby aunt betty » Wed Jul 02, 2014 2:51 pm

Bread. Lots of bread. :biggrin:
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Reel Teal » Thu Jul 03, 2014 8:39 am

aunt betty wrote:Bread. Lots of bread. :biggrin:

old ladies with lots of bread.....lol

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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Leaky-NY » Mon Jul 21, 2014 3:33 pm

The best way is to put down your shotgun and pick up a roll of Charmin and take 2 steps out of blind. It hasn't fail in 40 plus years ducking. We even drawn straws to see who will be the Charmin decoy :lol3:

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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Gunnysway » Wed Jul 30, 2014 2:33 pm

Sounds like a $h!ttY job...
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Hugatree » Thu Aug 28, 2014 12:12 am

1.) yellow duck attractant---hosed over water surface while your shotgun hangs from a tree---brings em in like crazy

2.) warm brown liquid duck attractant ----- kept in thermos. Brings them in like crazy when poured from thermos into cups while gun is inaccessible

3.) warm brown paste (if you're lucky) attractant ------- placed in obscure areas while hanging torso over log and praying there is no poison ivy or similar plant life nearby. The joy of placing the warm brown paste duck attractant is quickly overshadowed by subzero temps and/or a wad of 40 or more ducks landing on your friends while nature calls.

4.) the whining dog duck attractant --- draws em in from the stratosphere but they don't stay long

5.) the whining cold child attractant ----- same as the whining dog but with a half life of two weeks after your wife, daughter in law or daughter finds out how you allowed their bundle of joy to suffer-
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby Small Block » Thu Aug 28, 2014 1:54 pm

Millett is a good option for planted material. On the bait issue. Here in Missouri I believe one must remove any bait 10 days prior to any shooting. An option that I use is a piece of 1.25" dia. pvc pipe painted to resemble a cob of corn and placed around on the bank. I use maybe 40 of em. Pick em up when your done.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby SprighuntR » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:16 pm

Wild Rice!!!!! Easy to plant and re germinates. You have to plant in about November for the next year. Just cast the seeds out in the pond and let it sink to the bottom.
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Re: Best duck attractant

Postby BBK » Thu Sep 04, 2014 12:36 pm

You can bait if your state allows it. Around here we just have to follow the federal regulation of waiting 10 days after all of the bait has been removed.

I'd contact your local DNR and ask them what they would advise you to plant. They'll steer you in the right direction.
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