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Postby The Extractor » Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:26 pm

I just made a pond that i'm going to use to duck hunt out of and i live in eastern Washington. I don't know what to plant in and around the pond to provide the best attractant for the ducks. Would like to hear from anyone who has done this before.
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Postby olddkguide » Tue Jul 29, 2008 1:34 pm

It's a little late to plant and get much results this year on a new pond.
Maybe winter wheat in a couple of months around the edges might draw some geese for you. Lots of things that will work next spring.
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Postby David » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:30 pm

When is your first frost? That's the main thing that will determine what and if anything can be planted this year.

Also, about the pond, is it a shallow pond that you can drain each year and flood in the fall? What size is it?
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Postby CrackerJackShot » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:33 pm

Ive been told that you can do a late summer early fall corn crop. We are attempting that and milo this weekend on our 18 acre duck marsh.
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Postby David » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:35 pm

CJS that will work in the south, if drought doesn't get them, but I'm worried about a frost being that he is in Washington State. I'm sorry, but I just don't know when it gets cold up there.
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Postby CrackerJackShot » Tue Jul 29, 2008 2:45 pm

Yeah I feel your concern. And I would guess it gets cold rather quickly. I can't think of anything thats going to hold through a frost...
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Postby olddkguide » Tue Jul 29, 2008 3:53 pm

That's why I suggested winter wheat in a couple of months. I'm pretty sure he doesn't have time for any thing this season . I have family in Washington state, gets cold there early.
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Postby The Extractor » Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:08 pm

What about millet. The refuge uses that in their ponds and it seems to hold up pretty well. The pond is only 3ft deep max
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Postby David » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:48 pm

Japanese millet will work if you if you have 60-90 days before the first frost. It can be broadcast on mudflats. Jap Millet should not be completely submerged. It can be lightly flooded, but don't get above about half the plant or it may die. It's best to wait until it heads out before flooding if you can.
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Postby DuckSlyer16 » Tue Jul 29, 2008 6:51 pm

Dave, we have millet heading out in 45 days here...

what do you do for a living? where does all this knowledge of plants come from?? I just ask my father and he knows everything....
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Postby David » Wed Jul 30, 2008 6:38 am

DuckSlyer16 wrote:Dave, we have millet heading out in 45 days here...

what do you do for a living? where does all this knowledge of plants come from?? I just ask my father and he knows everything....


Ask your dad which type of millet it is. There are different varieties with different maturities. Seedland.com sells one that matures in 60-90 days. I did find cooperseeds.com that matures in 45-60 days. I've heard of a golden millet (a hybrid jap millet), but I'm not familiar with it yet, so I don't know the maturity rate.

I'm a homebuilder, but I have 430 acres that I mostly plant for deer/turkeys/doves. Most is wooded, with 6 1-2.5 acre plots for hunting. My knowledge has come from experience or asking others and retaining that information for future use.
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