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How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby Taylor.R » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:03 pm

So I'm new to duck hunting. And I have a decent size pond in my pasture. I would like to know how to make ducks and geese come to it. What to plant and what kind of blind. About half of the pond can be accessed by waders.
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Re: How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby Shrek » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:23 pm

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Re: How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby Taylor.R » Mon Dec 30, 2013 6:41 pm

Thanks! Should I plant it everywhere or just where I want the ducks to come?
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Re: How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby JDog » Mon Dec 30, 2013 10:29 pm

Taylor.R wrote:Thanks! Should I plant it everywhere or just where I want the ducks to come?


Load it up! I would suggest researching multiple types of forage though. The right mixture of millet, milo, smartweed, rice, corn, barnyard grass...... That's probably overkill, but it gives you an idea of all the options there are out there. The ideal situation is to be able to control the water level but being it's in the middle of a pasture I assume that's not an option.
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Re: How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby red_duck » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:38 am

I have a wetland that I manage. The best food is natural food like smartweed, nuts edge, sedges, duck weed, coon tail, etc. But you need to be able to manage the water levels. I supplement with jap millet and milo if the weather cooperates. With all the rain this summer we have lots of food. First year to hunt early teal, that was fun!! The duck season started great and has been just ok with all the farm pond holding water versus empty like last couple of years.
Good luck and happy hunting!

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Re: How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby gadwall_guy » Tue Dec 31, 2013 10:25 am

A barrel of corn works best. :sarcmark:
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Re: How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby MAJ MALFUNCTION » Tue Dec 31, 2013 11:04 am

We have a watershed/marsh that is divided into several sections by levees, all with water control structures.

If you can't control the water levels (like has already been mentioned), then a lot of the common options (like Jap millet) won't be possible, except for around the edges of the pond.

I've heard of guys planting Sago pond weed in ponds like yours.
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Re: How to make a good duck hunting pond

Postby Taylor.R » Tue Dec 31, 2013 1:06 pm

Thanks everybody for the help!
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