duck marsh idea

A waterfowl discussion forum focusing on Kansas duck hunting.

Moderators: T Man, Mallyard, dukhntr, yellowlab

duck marsh idea

Postby river rats » Mon Apr 30, 2012 7:51 pm

Ok so here is story. I was discin my foodplots this weekend trying to get them ready for beans and milo. during this time i was dreamin about wilflife habitat and how to make some for ducks. One of the ponds we hunt is decent sized but a very odd shape. it seems like the ducks like land up above the pond in some boggy slews. turns out it is an old pond that the damn is busted out of. If i did some dirt work i could make it a little over half an acre.... maybe an acre. So my question is should i put a pipe in the bottom so it stays dry during the summer and flood it right before season or should i try to get it full for most of the time. There is a spring running into it so it should stay pretty wet all summer. any ideas??
river rats
hunter
 
Posts: 87
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:50 pm
Location: Central Ks


Re: duck marsh idea

Postby duckdozer » Tue May 01, 2012 7:26 am

yea put a whistle in in and try to plant it to what you want in there, i bet it would get really good with some managment if it is like you say.
Aux Lake H Maxine NAVHDA NA Prize 2 103pts
Retrieves Season #1 185
Season #2 197
Mallyard wrote:LOL... Truck+Gas+Basic Knowledge of Waterfowl habits = chance at sucess!
User avatar
duckdozer
hunter
 
Posts: 1426
Joined: Sat Nov 21, 2009 10:31 am
Location: FEMA Region 7

Re: duck marsh idea

Postby fowlhunter » Tue May 01, 2012 10:26 am

Just a thought, but if you drained it and planted milo in it you could flood it after you harvested the milo. I've had some great hunts on flooded stubble.
"It's better to be hated for who you are than be loved for who you're not"
Van Zandt
User avatar
fowlhunter
Forum Moderator
 
Posts: 919
Joined: Tue Jan 17, 2006 2:46 pm
Location: Kansas

Re: duck marsh idea

Postby hovey » Tue May 01, 2012 10:53 am

Theres only one way to find out if it works.... I say go for it, sounds like you have everything to do it anyways so might as well
hovey
hunter
 
Posts: 322
Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:24 pm
Location: salina, ks

Re: duck marsh idea

Postby river rats » Tue May 01, 2012 7:59 pm

I think it is worth a shot. I found some drain pipe today to put in the bottom of it. Thought about planting jap millet in it late summer. there is cattle in the pasture so would have to hot wire it off. the ground is too soft to get a planter into it but i could seed it with the spreader on my atv. planted some millet at another spot last year.... it grew really well until the neighbors bull came over and had a feast. any ideas on how deep it should be ?
river rats
hunter
 
Posts: 87
Joined: Tue Oct 05, 2010 9:50 pm
Location: Central Ks

Re: duck marsh idea

Postby goodkarmarising » Tue May 01, 2012 8:03 pm

I've had good hunts for puddlers in water that was no deep than knee high. Don't need much water to float water for mallard decoys and such.
Only number that matters, retrieves by the pup: 176
Cooper: 15
Proud owner of 2 non hunt trial/field trial fire breathers
User avatar
goodkarmarising
hunter
 
Posts: 10874
Joined: Sun Mar 23, 2008 8:57 am
Location: Leavenworth, KS and all thru MO

Re: duck marsh idea

Postby hovey » Tue May 01, 2012 11:18 pm

Keep it shallower in the beginning then make sure to leave enough room to flood it to the top of the plant. You dont want it to get eaten out during the early season.
hovey
hunter
 
Posts: 322
Joined: Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:24 pm
Location: salina, ks


Return to Kansas Duck Hunting

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests