Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

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Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby CEO » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:35 pm

Cold weather blows in overnight and your pond or field has a sheet of ice on it. Maybe you even left your decoys out overnight and they are frozen too. So, to break up the ice or not, that is the question? Some says ducks won't come to frozen water no matter what. Some say fire-up the spinning wing decoys and they will still come. Others say broken ice looks too unnatural and you might as well hunt in the Walmart parking lot. What do you say?
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby ColoradoGooser » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:38 pm

Break ice,open a nice hole, set decoys and get to killin
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby spoonysmaker » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:40 pm

ColoradoGooser wrote:Break ice,open a nice hole, set decoys and get to killin

x2 If your water is frozen so is the water everywhere else. Ducks need water so they will be looking for "broken spots" in the ice.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby possumfoot » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:42 pm

spoonysmaker wrote:
ColoradoGooser wrote:Break ice,open a nice hole, set decoys and get to killin

x2 If your water is frozen so is the water everywhere else. Ducks need water so they will be looking for "broken spots" in the ice.



ehh.. not all of it.. but they do look for open water.. and when they see nice clean open water with decoys that don't have ice packed to em, they just cant help but get shot.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby Indaswamp » Mon Dec 02, 2013 10:45 pm

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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby CEO » Mon Dec 02, 2013 11:01 pm

I had a guy tell me that he has a way of cutting the ice in large sections and sliding it up under the other ice making his hole look more natural without broken pieces of ice. I've never tried it... does not sound easy in the dark.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby micneador » Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:02 am

I had a guy tell me that he has a way of cutting the ice in large sections and sliding it up under the other ice making his hole look more natural without broken pieces of ice. I've never tried it... does not sound easy in the dark.


Not really, walk in a large circle so you have one large sheet, then get on one side and slowly push with your knees.

I ended up making an ice eater out of a 2" sump pump and a stand for it out of sucker rod and some steel diamond plate. Crleared a very nice hole in my slough.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby Duck_Stank » Tue Dec 03, 2013 1:54 am

CEO wrote:I had a guy tell me that he has a way of cutting the ice in large sections and sliding it up under the other ice making his hole look more natural without broken pieces of ice. I've never tried it... does not sound easy in the dark.

Just this past week our spot froze. A buddy of mine suggested getting it out in one piece being the other side of the cove was open. I walked alone it on the bank and sure enough, a big giant piece broke off and down the lake it went after some slow pushing. Would probably be harder with thicker ice though.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby charlie beard » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:43 am

They will land on ice.


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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby 18javelin » Tue Dec 03, 2013 5:57 am

For bread crumbs they will.... any idea how long a 35 lb trolling motor would take to open a decent hole in 1 inch ice? thinking of building a homemade 12v ice eater.... gonna need it this year its looking like...
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby t_baker » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:40 am

This is my hole now. Looking out the right side of the blind.
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Rest of the lake is froze and I been keeping this open since Saturday. It works. Just a lot of work.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby OGblackcloud » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:45 am

It looks good baker :thumbsup:
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby Bill Herian » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:13 am

18javelin wrote: any idea how long a 35 lb trolling motor would take to open a decent hole in 1 inch ice?


Until spring.

You can almost walk on an inch of clear ice.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby 18javelin » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:40 am

Bill Herian wrote:
18javelin wrote: any idea how long a 35 lb trolling motor would take to open a decent hole in 1 inch ice?


Until spring.

You can almost walk on an inch of clear ice.


LOL yes and breaking it in waist deep water is not fun at all cant step on it and if you push with hand and it goes u lose balance and knee it is the only option and that is busting into small chunks. going to build a ice eater out of this 35 lb it cant do anything but help.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby ArkansasRobertson » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:43 am

People think ducks are smarter than they are.

Ive only done successful on broken ice days.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby 18javelin » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:57 am

ArkansasRobertson wrote:People think ducks are smarter than they are.

Ive only done successful on broken ice days.

I don't understand what you saying here break or don't break?
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby KyFowl20 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 11:58 am

Bill Herian wrote:
18javelin wrote: any idea how long a 35 lb trolling motor would take to open a decent hole in 1 inch ice?


Until spring.

You can almost walk on an inch of clear ice.

Bust your hole, nd keep it open with a trolling motor. Did it last Thursday on our opener. Worked great. We broke 3/4" of ice and kept it out.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby ArkansasRobertson » Tue Dec 03, 2013 2:29 pm

18javelin wrote:
ArkansasRobertson wrote:People think ducks are smarter than they are.

Ive only done successful on broken ice days.

I don't understand what you saying here break or don't break?


Definitely Break.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby Rat Creek » Tue Dec 03, 2013 4:07 pm

It sucks breaking ice, but it is generally worth the effort.

As others have described. Assuming you can walk it, work your way around the perimeter of the hole you want to make while doing as little collateral damage to the ice and your waders as possible. Then slowly push the large sheets of ice under the surrounding area. You will have a nice open area in which to place your decoys.

If the opening is small, keep in mind you need room for the ducks to land, so do not fill it up with decoys. Just a few off to one side and you will be in business.

Now my last tip, Shoot the ducks as they back pedal over your opening. Do not shoot passing birds. If you make the mistake of hitting one, double thick ice all around your opening adds a miserable dimension to retrieving for both man and beast.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby 2500hdon37s » Tue Dec 03, 2013 7:29 pm

if you cant stand on the ice... BREAK IT.

last Friday where I hunted was froze, I was able to break 3 pretty large sheets out and slid them under. then I put my duck boat up against the blind. anchored it and brushed the boat in and turned the trolling motor on a low setting, set to make a little wake on the otherwise flat water. just enough current to push the ice away and move the decoys. I ended up shooting a shuovler drake before going to work and then herd from my little brother after I left that him and his buddy missed a few shots.

then Sunday some ice in the area had lessened and temps were in the upper 40's. we hiked on some ice then busted a path to where ducks had kept it open all night, and yielded in just skim ice and some open water. we set up shop... and what do ya know. we had 2 different groups of 20+ each GWT sit in the decoys before LST and we ended up shooting 9 green wings and a mallard between 3 guys. Had lots of ducks wanting into the open water.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby rank duck » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:39 pm

My hunting partners suggested we break ice. I broke wind instead.
They weren't too happy about it either.
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby Jake88 » Tue Dec 03, 2013 8:52 pm

rank duck wrote:My hunting partners suggested we break ice. I broke wind instead.
They weren't too happy about it either.


Bad move in waders. It comes back to haunt ya
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby whtelk » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:38 pm

rank duck wrote:My hunting partners suggested we break ice. I broke wind instead.
They weren't too happy about it either.

Next time ask them "Do you smell cookies?" too funny to watch your friends take a deep breath and realize they've been had. :evilbanana:
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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby Mugzwump » Tue Dec 03, 2013 9:58 pm

I usually just move to running water when ice starts setting. If you *need* your deeks, then break ice. Otherwise throw them back in the bag and call over frozen water. They'll come close enough to shoot. I've used Canada decoys on enough ice thick enough to drive a snowmobile on, but but never for ducks. I'd imagine it's all the same. If anyone has tricks to keep ice from setting on duck deeks and flipping them over i'll take it... I haven't figured that out yet. Last week I had an inch and a half set up on 4 dozen. They're still encased in ice in the bow of my boat. I expect they'll be there till spring.

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Re: Frozen Duck Ponds and Fields -- Break the ICE?

Postby Justin Weber » Tue Dec 03, 2013 10:21 pm

I heard of guys setting down a black tarp and putting decoys on top of it. Never tried it but I bet it would get you at the least some looks.
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