I live and hunt in MA but my family is from MS. My grandparents live in Jackson and I have other family on the south coast by Biloxi. Been a big duck hunter up here in MA. I quit deer hunting and everything else because i'm a big fan of shooting and eating ducks, but my duck hunting here is underwhelming. Seems opening day(s) is ok but after the resident ducks leave/get shot, the migrators don't stop in much. I hunt on a fairly fast moving river so it never freezes and the ducks pile in during that short period between frozen and gone. However that period tends to coincide with deer season when duck season closes for 2 weeks.... anyways,
I own a 400+ acre farm on the Tallahatchie, Coahoma line, and my family also owns a 400+ acre farm in Cleveland.
My question for you guys is: if i flood a part of a field of rice (after harvesting it) or something will the ducks come pouring in? My problem is i just don't know what i'm getting into.
How quickly would a flooded field dry up? How often would you need to flood it? I know it depends on how deep the water is and how much it's flooded but bear with me. Do you guys have to worry about irrigation lines freezing?
I could probably ask the guys leasing the farms to flood a field for me, but that would be after they were done harvesting, and they wouldnt be making special trips back to re-flood it. I could probably convince them to leave some of the crop unharvested that i could flood if needed.
What do i need to do here? I'm thinking it's too late for this year but maybe next year i could fly out over the summer and plan everything, talk it over with the leasers.
Are these good spots to hunt? Do you guys have any advice for me?