Preparing a rice field for hunting

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Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby docladd » Thu Aug 09, 2012 8:56 pm

Burn to prevent germination? Leave lots of stubble and make landing holes around the pit? Roll the entire field and leave strips of stubble on each side of the levees to hide the pit? Any suggestions?
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby TonkaDuk » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:24 am

Water!!!
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby Weston81 » Fri Aug 10, 2012 8:47 am

Roll and leave stubble for places to hide, and water of course.
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby docladd » Sat Aug 11, 2012 10:05 am

I'm glad y'all mentioned water.....lol
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby tenfingergrip » Sat Aug 11, 2012 3:48 pm

Not sure that you are not describing "baiting" under the Federal guidelines. Correct me if I'm wrong. Or is this after the rice crop has been totally harvested?

http://www.fws.gov/le/HuntFish/waterfowl_baiting.htm
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby Weston81 » Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:06 am

After harvest, roll it, leave some stubble to hide in, then flood it.
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby Folsom » Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:13 pm

Im on the same lease with Doc,

what we were thinking about doing is several control burns after the rice is harvested to make some nice big holes for the birds to land. In my thinking a rolled filled with just stubble left around the blind will stick out like a sore thumb after the first split and the birds have seen them for a while.
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby docladd » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:24 pm

After harvest of course. Just wondering what is the best way to hide a pit.
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby Weston81 » Tue Aug 14, 2012 12:34 pm

Folsom wrote:Im on the same lease with Doc,

what we were thinking about doing is several control burns after the rice is harvested to make some nice big holes for the birds to land. In my thinking a rolled filled with just stubble left around the blind will stick out like a sore thumb after the first split and the birds have seen them for a while.



If your farmer rolls it after it drys up I would say 85 percent of it will stay down. If the farmer will let you burn that's great but I don't think it's needed. Leave twice the size of the stubble you think you will need around your blind to help ease your mind. We killed ducks last year out of a buddies beanfield, they didn't care one bit when they saw this. Not to mention you get a hard freeze you are gonna lose that stubble anyways.
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby docladd » Tue Aug 14, 2012 6:27 pm

what are you elevating your layouts with?
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby Weston81 » Wed Aug 15, 2012 10:33 am

Plastic pallets they work great. Some of the blinds are the otter boxes but some are just cabelas layout blinds that you can put in water up to ten inches.
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Re: Preparing a rice field for hunting

Postby duckbones » Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:41 pm

Below is a link to a very interesting article. They offer good data to support their recommendations on post-harvest rice field management for ducks.
http://www.greenhead.net/86499/rice-fie ... -densities
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