Planting is a great idea that has worked. The problem is everybody
finds the spot and over shoots it, also with the goose population we have they literally mow it down in no time. What we need is several sporting groups to join forces with the Corps biologist involved, planting major sand bars, edges of islands, and some prime habitat areas on the lake. I used to be on the Georgia DU
Marsh committee, I was very disappointed in the level of input that we were actually able to have, maybe this has changed. I've heard excuses for years how the state budget doesn't allow for
planting anymore. I don't recall one time when the DNR has ever
asked for hunters to contribute for a planting program. I know that I would be more than happy if some kind of program like that was started and I would support it. The Fishing Creek waterfowl area
is typical of the failed system of MARSH projects in north Georgia.
The area was originally designed as a series of shallow ponds
that could be planted and then flooded for hunts. When the area first opened it was a huge hit, guys litterally lined up at the gate and waited their turn to hunt the area, it was managed very well.
The problems soon started when management declined, the beavers took over and planting stopped, blinds were allowed to wrought. No one from DNR ever requested help on these projects.
I know that their were and still are individuals who are willing to
contribute time and money if we know projects will be maintained.
The problem with most Marsh projects in north Georgia is we have
created nothing more than little shooting holes, these don,t HOLD birds. Planting large areas probably is the best solution for food sources on the big north Georgia lakes but it's not very likely to ever happen unless a lot of us that hunt these lakes are willing to bite the bullet and make it happen. The biologist with DNR and the Corp are good people and know what they are doing, but they
have limited resources and manpower. I believe we could bring some great waterfowl hunting to north Georgia, but it will take time and lot of dollars and work. Let's chat this up, maybe somebody will have a great idea.